BobbyBobby Vinton, who performs from April through mid-December at his 1,583-seat Bobby Vinton Theater in Branson, Mo., met with 31 travel agents who had just seen his show on a fam trip run by Branson Vacation Tours. However, the Bobby who came out after the show did not resemble the dapper but perspiring Bobby the agents had seen onstage. The performer resembled a spy. He had a towel wrapped around his neck, and he was wearing a sweater and carrying a hat, and it was late May. Why was he dressed like this? Was he in disguise to avoid contact with fans? Not at all. A chill from the air-conditioned theater, he said, could affect his throat adversely, and should Bobby have to cancel, more than 3,000 patrons (on days when he does two shows) could be disappointed. Moreover, all the motorcoach tour operators who had booked the show would have to scramble to find other entertainment at the last minute. The Vinton enterprise is a family affair. Bobby's wife is the show's producer, his son is the theater manager and two of his daughters perform in his show -- as does his mother, who told the agents jokingly that Bobby would really like to have her clean up the theater, as well.

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