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Mr. Lonely


Bobby Vinton

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The fourth and last of the #1 singles by Vinton, this is the only one that was not a cover. Vinton wrote the song with Gene Allan, a songwriter who worked for Don Kirshner's Aldon Music.
This was recorded in the make-or-break session in which Vinton recorded "Roses Are Red (My Love)," in 1962. His label, Epic Records, was going to drop him if he did not produce a hit. Said Vinton: "I wrote the song when I was in the Army, and when I did my first recording session - which was 'Roses Are Red' - the producers asked if I had any songs of my own. I played them 'Mr. Lonely' and they loved it."
After he recorded this song, Epic Records refused to release it, preferring to offer it to Buddy Greco, who was another artist in their stable. Greco's version stalled at #64 in the US in 1962, and that looked like the end of "Mr. Lonely." However, when Epic Records scheduled the release of a greatest hits LP for Vinton, the singer insisted upon the inclusion of his mothballed recording of this song. It became a hit quickly after the release of the LP, and as with "Blue Velvet," the single was released in response to popular demand.
This remains Vinton's favorite recording. It has endured through numerous cover versions. Frank Chacksfield, Franky B., The Lettermen, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Red Squares and The Village Stompers all recorded the song. Akon's 2005 hit Lonely is based on a sample of this song.
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Comments (6):

On January 19th, 1964, Bobby Vinton performed a medley of three of his #1 records; "Blue Velvet," "Roses Are Red (My Love)," and "There! I've Said It Again" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
He had one other #1, "Mr. Lonely", which peaked for one week later in 1964...
At the time of his appearance on 'Sullivan' he was in his 4th and final week at #1 with the "There!" record, the very next week the Beatles started their run of 14 consecutive weeks in the top spot with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (7 weeks), "She Loves You" (2 weeks), and "Can't Buy Me Love" (5 weeks).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
On December 2nd, 1964 Bobby Vinton performed "Mr. Lonely" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
Two months earlier on October 31st it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 12th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill (Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013), Mr. Vinton turns 79 this coming April 16th, 2014, and Mr. Greco, born Armando Greco, will celebrate his 88th birthday next year on August 14th, 2014.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This song talks about a man who is isolated from the society and no one knows him, that's why It's called "Mr. Lonely"
- Vinícius, Fortaleza, Brazil
I believe Mr. Lonely was the last American recorded song to go to #1 before the Beatles hit the charts.
- Alan, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
In 2005, the R & B artist Akon, requested that that this Vinton classic could be reworked into his new release cover, and succesfully released the chart topping; "Lonely".
- Alex, -, Australia
The artist Bobby Vinton did not want to mention who Epic gave this song to instead of him is Buddy Grecco, a more middle aged MOR crooner.
His version is quite lackluster tho I believe the backing track is exactly the same. Sorry for name dropping your nemesis!
- Steve, Salt Lake City, UT
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