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Friday, December 5, 2008

Bobby Vinton visits Canonsburg

Canonsburg native Bobby Vinton poses for a photo next to a marker bearing his name and likeness outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Canonsburg. 
It was the first time Vinton had returned to his hometown in more than 30 years. He and his wife, Dolly, were on their way to Pittsburgh International Airport, a day after Vinton performed in Morgantown, W.Va. 
Restaurant owner Pam Galiano and Scott Kausky, restaurant manager, gave the Vintons a tour of the McDonald’s, which features memorabilia from Vinton and fellow Canonsburg natives Perry Como and the Four Coins. “He especially enjoyed the image of his bust and the engraved rock located in the drive-thru lane designated as Bobby Vinton Boulevard,” said Galiano. “He stayed for quite a while and signed autographs for the staff and customers.”

Vinton, listed by Billboard as one of th e top 50 musical acts of all time, had hits with songs such as “Roses are Red,” “Mr. Lonely,” “Blue Velvet” and “My Melody of Love.”