Sunday, May 26, 2024


Al's Music Box:(( Blue Velvet is a popular song written and composed in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. A top 20 hit for Tony Bennett in its original 1951 version, the song has since been re-recorded many times, with a 1963 version by Bobby Vinton reaching No. 1.  Songwriter Bernie Wayne was inspired to begin writing "Blue Velvet" on a 1951 visit to Richmond, Virginia where he stayed at the Jefferson Hotel. At a party at the hotel, Wayne continually caught sight of a female guest dressed in blue velvet with whom he would have a holiday romance.  The most successful recording of "Blue Velvet" was recorded (on May 27, 1963) and released by Bobby Vinton in August 1963, backed by Burt Bacharach and his Orchestra.  Bobby Vinton's version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 21 September 1963 and remained at No. 1 for the subsequent two weeks.  Bobby Vinton's No. 3 hit in the summer of 1963, with "Blue on Blue", prompted the recording of the Blue on Blue album comprising songs featuring the word "blue" in the title. Although songwriter Bernie Wayne would recall being told by Vinton that the singer had wanted to record the song since hearing the Tony Bennett version in 1951 it was reportedly Vinton's friend, music publisher Al Gallico, who suggested "Blue Velvet" as a Blue on Blue album track and sent his secretary with a dollar to a music store to purchase the song's sheet music; an hour later, Vinton had recorded "Blue Velvet" in two takes. Vinton did not expect the song to be a hit, and believed that his remake of "Am I Blue?"had more sales potential.

GROANER'S CORNER:((  When you do squats are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
- “I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.”


- “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”


- “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” 





  1. Love that song. Fine weather day we had for sure

  2. The photo of the horses is amazing! Hope you all are doing well,-Mary

  3. We understand.

  4. Missing your daily posts :(