July 14, 1962: Bobby Vinton starts a four-week run at the top of the charts with “Roses Are Red (My Love)”, a song that saved Vinton’s career after languishing in the proverbial “trash heap”! Vinton was signed to CBS Records as a bandleader in 1960, but after two unsuccessful albums the company decided to drop him from the label. Vinton argued that he was contractually obligated to record two more songs. When the executives left the conference room to discuss the situation with their lawyers, Vinton began listening to rejected demo tapes and found “Roses Are Red (My Love)”. When the execs returned to the room, Vinton convinced them to let him record it. They agreed, and the song’s success led to a new recording contract as a solo recording artist!
Bobby Vinton—“Roses Are Red (My Love)”