This is the third number one of Bobby Vinton’s career and the first number one of 1964. It was also the last song before the British Invasion. (See the next article.)
Bobby Vinton was at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, when a wild-eyed disc jockey came up to him off-stage just out of the blue. He screamed at him, “You need to record ‘There! I’ve Said It Again,’ If you do, you’ll have a number one hit.” and then he ran away. Bobby never saw the guy again, but his words stayed in his mind.
Why not record the song? It was a good song and certainly the style that Bobby Vinton fans were used to. So, he went into the studio and recorded the song. He recorded it in one take. It took five minutes and then Bobby said, “That’s as good as it gets, there’s no need to do it again.” And he walked out of the studio.
“There! I’ve Said It Again” was written in 1945 by Redd Evans and David Mann. The first person to record it was Vaughn Monroe and he spent six weeks at the top of the charts. Although Bobby Vinton didn’t spend as long at number one as Vaughn Monroe did, Bobby’s is still considered the biggest selling version of the song. This is probably because it didn’t take as much to hit number one in the Forties as it did in the Sixties and, also, the charts were a little different in the Forties. Monroe’s number one was on the “Records Most-Played on the Air” chart which was much different from the Hot 100 of 1964.
Bobby Vinton would yet have one more number one, “Mr. Lonely,” which we will get to later in 1964. Bobby Vinton can easily be called one of the great vocalist of the Sixties. He placed 31 hits in the Top 40 between 1962 and 1975, with four of them going to number one. Most singers would kill for a streak like that.
“There! I’ve Said It Again” entered the pop charts on December 7, 1963, took a few weeks to get to number one which it hit on the first week of 1964, January 4. It spent four weeks at number one and might have been longer if a certain four lads from Liverpool hadn’t come on the scene.