BOBBY VEE, 1960S POP SINGER, HAS DIED AT 73

Bobby Vee – April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, has died. He was 73.

In this photo made Dec. 18, 2013, Bobby Vee playing the guitar at his family's Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn. Alzheimer's disease forced the 1960s pop idol to stop performing in 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

In this photo made Dec. 18, 2013, Bobby Vee playing the guitar at his family’s Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn. Alzheimer’s disease forced the 1960s pop idol to stop performing in 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

Vee, whose hits included the chart-topping “Take Good Care of My Baby” and who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start, died Monday of advanced Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, Jeff Velline. Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, and performed his last show that year.

Vee had been in memory care at The Wellstead of Rogers & Diamondcrest in Rogers, about 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis, for the past 13 months and in hospice care in recent weeks, his son said.

Vee died peacefully surrounded by family, Velline said, calling it “the end of a long hard road.”

He said his father was “a person who brought joy all over the world. That was his job.”

Born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minn., after the Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that killed Holly, Valens and Richardson on their way to the concert. That dark day in rock history was commemorated by singer-songwriter Don McLean in his 1972 pop song “American Pie” as “The Day The Music Died.”

The call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Vee and his 2-week-old band volunteered, along with three or four other bands. The show’s emcee, Charlie Boone, then a disc jockey at KFGO Radio, turned to Vee and asked him the name of his band. Vee looked at the shadows of his bandmates on the floor and answered: The Shadows.

SONGS:

Take Good Care of My Baby – Bon Voyage · 2016

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes – Sight And Sound · 2016

Rubber Ball – Strong As An Ox · 2016

Run to Him – Bon Voyage · 2016

Devil or Angel – Strong As An Ox · 2016

More Than I Can Say – Strong As An Ox · 2016

Come Back When You Grow Up – Come Back When You Grow Up / Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures · 2000

Sharing You – A Bobby Vee Recording Session · 1962

Please Don’t Ask About Barbara – A Bobby Vee Recording Session · 1962

Suzie Baby – Bobby Vee’s Golden Greats · 2001

Walkin’ With My Angel – Bon Voyage · 2016

How Many Tears – Dressy · 2016

Punish Her – Bobby Vee’s Golden Greats · 2001

A Forever Kind of Love – A Bobby Vee Recording Session · 1962

Maybe Just Today – Best Of · 2013

I’ll Make You Mine – Sings the New Sounds from England · 1964

One Last Kiss – Strong As An Ox · 2016

Peggy Sue – I Remember Buddy Holly · 1963

A Letter From Betty – The Girl of My Best Friend · 2012

Look at Me Girl – The High School Sweetheart: Bobby Vee · 2015

Stayin’ In – Strong As An Ox · 2016

My Girl – Hey Girl – The High School Sweetheart: Bobby Vee · 2015

Bashful Bob – Dressy · 2016

Be True to Yourself – The Girl of My Best Friend · 2012

Bobby Tomorrow – The Girl of My Best Friend · 2012

Hickory, Dick and Doc – 1998

Yesterday and You – The High School Sweetheart: Bobby Vee · 2015

Never Love A Robin – 1998

If I Needed You – The Adobe Sessions · 2014

Stranger In Your Arms – 2006

Remember Me, Huh – Bon Voyage · 2016

Baby Face – Dressy · 2016

 

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