Bobby Vinton was on his way to being THE crooner of the Sixties and when 1964 began he had his third #1 hit with "There! I've Said it Again!" The next thing he knew the Beatles exploded on the American music scene and took over the Billboard charts for the next fourteen weeks with three different songs. From that point on Vinton had just a final #1 hit ("Mr. Lonely") as the face of pop music was changed forever. What we have on this CD are a pair of albums from later on in Vinton's career. "Please Love Me Forever" was a 1967 album that was quickly recorded when the song of that name made it to the Top 5 (remember back in the Sixties singles often gave birth to albums, instead of the other way around). In three days Vinton recorded songs to go along with the title track and its follow-up, "Just as Much as Ever" (which made it to the Top 20). However, the song you are most likely to recognize is the remake of the old song "Who's' Sorry Now." The performances are, forgive the phrase, vintage Vinton. The musical accompaniment is the lightest sort of rock music, with simple choruses supporting Vinton's boyish tenor voice. In many ways, these songs ran completely counter to the dominant trends in rock 'n' roll. "My Elusive Dreams" was released in 1970 has a similar history. Vinton released a cover of the David Houston & Tammy Wynette somber country hit "My Elusive Dreams," (also recorded by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood), and while not a pop success it made the Top 10 of the Easy Listening chart and even appeared on the Country list. Again, Vinton was hurriedly sent into the studio to record songs to make up an album.Read more ›
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