Monday, October 24, 2016

Bobby Vee Has Died

ROGERS, MN--Bobby Vee, one of the great performers early in the Rock Era, died this morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 73.

Vee was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and performed for the last time July 3, 2011 at Joetown Rocks in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  Vee lost the ability to speak shortly after that.

When Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) died in a 1959 plane crash en route to another performance of their Winter Dance Party tour in Moorhead, Minnesota, Bobby Vee stepped in and launched his career.

Vee went on to post 38 hits from 1959 to 1970.  His first big hit, "Rubber Ball", reached #6 in 1960.

Bobby scored the biggest hit of his career the next year.  "Take Good Care Of My Baby" zoomed to #1 for three weeks and sold over one million copies.

The flip side to that smash was the #2 song "Run To Him".

In 1963, Vee achieved the #3 song "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes".

Vee posted one last Top 10 song in 1967 and another million-seller--"Come Back When You Grow Up".

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