Roses Are Red (My Love)

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"Roses Are Red (My Love)"
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Roses Are Red
B-side "You and I"
Released May 1962
Genre Pop
Length 2:38
Label Epic
Writer(s) Paul Evans, Al Byron
Producer(s) Robert Morgan
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Roses Are Red (My Love)"
"Rain Rain Go Away"

"Roses Are Red (My Love)" is a popular song composed by Al Byron and Paul Evans. It was recorded by Bobby Vinton and was a number-one song in the United States during the year 1962. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on July 15, 1962, and remained there for four weeks. The recording was his first hit. He found the song in a reject pile at Epic Records. He first recorded it as an R&B number, but was allowed to record it with a new arrangement including strings. The single was also the first number-one hit for Epic Records.[1] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1962.[2]

Cover chart versions[edit]

In the UK, a cover version by Ronnie Carroll reached #3 in the charts on August 2, 1962, the same week that the Bobby Vinton record peaked at #15. It peaked at #7 in the very first Irish Singles Chart published in October 1962.

An answer song, entitled "Long As The Rose Is Red", was recorded by Florraine Darlin.[3] It was released by Epic Records (single #9529) and was also produced by Robert Morgan.

Other versions-non-charting[edit]

The song was recorded by Jim Reeves in 1963 and released on the album Gentleman Jim, one of the last albums released while he was still alive. While it did not chart in the US, it became a minor hit in Norway and Germany.

The song was covered by Singaporean female artist Zhuang Xue Fang (莊雪芳), in edited Standard Chinese lyrics written by Suyin (舒雲/雨牛) under title name of 玫瑰花香, with Ruby Records in 1967.


Charts (1962) Peak
Norwegian VG-lista 1
UK Singles Chart 15
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Easy Listening 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides 5


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 113. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9. 
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1962
  3. ^ Billboard - 18 Aug 1962

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose & His Orchestra
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 15, 1962 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka