Blue on Blue (song)

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"Blue on Blue"
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Blue on Blue
B-side"Those Little Things"
ReleasedMay 1963
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Recorded1963
GenrePop
Length2:21
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Producer(s)Bob Morgan
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Over the Mountain (Across the Sea)"
(1963)
"Blue on Blue"
(1963)
"Blue Velvet"
(1963)

"Blue on Blue" is a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach with lyrics by Hal David, first recorded by Bobby Vinton in 1963.[1] Vinton's single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 3 on July 6, 1963,[2][3] while reaching No. 2 on Billboard's Middle-Road Singles chart.[4][5] Vinton's single was a major hit in many other nations as well.

The song was ranked No. 42 on Billboard's end of year ranking "Top Records of 1963".[6]

The success of "Blue on Blue" prompted Vinton to record an entire album of blue-themed songs, also titled Blue on Blue, which produced an even bigger hit in the No. 1 "Blue Velvet".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 3
US Billboard Middle-Road Singles[5] 2
Israel - Kol Yisrael[8] 1
Canada - CHUM Hit Parade[9] 4
New Zealand - "Lever Hit Parade"[10] 5
Australia - Music Maker[11] 7
Hong Kong[12] 9

Cover versions[edit]

"Blue on Blue" has been recorded by Paul Anka (1963), Percy Faith (1964), Maureen McGovern (1991), and many others.[1] Samples of a cover version of the song by Gals and Pals from 1966 were included Röyksopp's song 'So Easy'.[1] "Blue on Blue" was also covered by Say Lou Lou in 2015 and used in commercials for the Swedish clothing company Gina Tricot. In 2017 Marc Almond released the song on his album of mainly cover songs called "Shadows & Reflections". Almond had previously sung the song at a Burt Bacharach evening at the London Palladium, which Bacharach performed in himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach: Song by Song. New York: Schirmer. pp. 104–5. ISBN 0-8256-7280-5. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Lonergan, David (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-8108-5129-6. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bobby Vinton - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed October 23, 2015
  4. ^ Bobby Vinton - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Billboard.com. Accessed October 23, 2015
  5. ^ a b "Middle-Road Singles", Billboard, July 6, 1963. p. 36. Accessed October 23, 2015
  6. ^ "Top Records of 1963", Billboard, Section II, December 28, 1963. p. 30. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits (5th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 146. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, October 5, 1963. p. 22. Accessed October 23, 2015
  9. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade", CHUM, Week of June 17, 1963
  10. ^ "Lever Hit Parade" 18-Jul-1963, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed October 23, 2015
  11. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, August 17, 1963. p. 35. Accessed October 23, 2015
  12. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, October 19, 1963. p. 34. Accessed October 23, 2015