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MARION — Bobby Vinton returns to the Marion Palace Theatre Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
Playing to a sold out audience in 2008, Vinton returns to Marion by popular demand, according the Palace Executive Director Bev Ford.
A multi-talented musician, singer and actor, Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. The Total Entertainer brings his hits (including Blue Velvet, Roses Are Red, Mr. Lonely, Melody Of Love, Blue On Blue, and There I Said It Again) to the Palace stage for another night full of music and memories.
He was born in Canonsburg, Pa., the son of a locally popular bandleader, Stan Vinton. When he was a young boy, his parents encouraged him to study music, and at the age of sixteen, he formed his first band. The band played clubs around the Pittsburgh area, and with the money he earned, Bobby helped finance his college education at Duquesne University. There he studied music and graduated with a degree in Musical Composition.
While at Duquesne, he became proficient on all of the instruments in the band (piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and the oboe). He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in music from his alma mater. After a short stint in the army, the inspiration for one of his biggest hits, Mr. Lonely, Vinton and his band appeared on Guy Lombardo’s “TV Talent Scouts.”
A subsequent four-week contract on that show landed him a contract with Epic Records, the label that released Vinton’s first single, Roses Are Red, which began his extraordinary career as a vocalist. The record climbed to the No. 1 spot on the record charts and eventually sold over four million copies. Roses Are Red was just the beginning, followed by a long string of hits, which resulted in Bobby being awarded over a dozen gold records and albums during his career.
In this full-stage musical gala, Vinton is joined by an orchestra and family members to sing all his most beloved hits and many more favorites.
Remaining tickets for the concert are on sale for $28/$23. They may be purchased at the Palace box office, 276 W. Center St., Marion or by phone at 740-383-2101. Box office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Information for all shows and tickets is also online at www.marionpalace.org.