Bobby Vee: 1960s pop star dies aged 73 after battle with Alzheimer’s disease – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Vee went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970. He hit the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song Take Good Care of My Baby and reached number 2 with the follow-up, Run to Him.Other Vee hits include Rubber Ball, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Devil or Angel, Come Back When You Grow Up, Please Don’t Ask About Barbara and Punish Her.Vee thrown into the spotlightBorn Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minnesota, after the February 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that killed Holly, Valens and Richardson.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 two-week-old band named The Shadows volunteered.”I didn’t have any fear right then,” Vee said in a 1999 interview.”The fear didn’t hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it.

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