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Roses Are Red (My Love)

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B-side  "You and I"
Format  Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Length  2:38
Released  April 1962
Genre  Pop
Label  Epic

"Roses Are Red (My Love)" is a popular song composed by Al Byron and Paul Evans. It was recorded by Bobby Vinton and was his first hit.


The song was released in April 1962. It reached No. 1 in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States, and was a major hit in many other countries as well. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on July 14, 1962, and remained there for four weeks. The single was also the first number-one hit for Epic Records. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1962.

Vinton found the song in a reject pile at Epic Records. He first recorded it as an R&B number, but was allowed to re-record it in a slower more dramatic arrangement, with strings and a vocal choir added.

Ronnie Carroll version

In the UK, a cover version by Ronnie Carroll reached No. 3 on the Record Retailer chart on August 8, 1962, the same week that the Bobby Vinton record peaked at No. 15. It peaked at No. 7 in the very first Irish Singles Chart published in October 1962.

Other versions

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.

In 1962, an answer song, entitled "Long As The Rose Is Red", was recorded by Florraine Darlin. The song spent seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 62, while reaching No. 15 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart. It was released by Epic Records (single #9529) and was also produced by Robert Morgan.

The song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes in the 1980s as part of The Chipmunks in Concert book and cassette tape.


Roses Are Red (My Love) Wikipedia

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