Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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Bobby Vee who sang classic take good care of my baby dies at 73

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The Bobby Vee death sees yet another icon die in 2016.Still trying to digest Pete Burns 2016 passing away and now its Bobby.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 JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson, has died. He was 73.
Every time you watch one of those television adverts for yester songs,you know those adverts i am sure,you are bound to hear Bobby's beautiful voice singing that classic song Take good care of my baby..Even my 10 year old daughter knows it by now. 
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.
Born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minnesota, after the 3 February 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 two-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.
Image result for bobby vee dies“I didn’t have any fear right then,” Vee recalled in a 1999 interview with the Associated Press. “The fear didn’t hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it. I didn’t think that I’d be able to sing. If I opened my mouth, I wasn’t sure anything would come out.”
Vee called his debut a milestone in his life, and “the start of a wonderful career”.
Within months the young singer and The Shadows, which included his older brother Bill on lead guitar, recorded Vee’s Suzie Baby for Soma Records in Minneapolis. It was a regional hit, and Vee soon signed with Liberty Records.
He went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, hitting the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song, Take Care Good of My Baby, and reaching No 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 kept recording into the 2000s, and maintained a steady touring schedule. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. He performed his last show that year, billed only as his retirement, during an annual community fundraiser that his family holds near their home in St Joseph, Minnesota, about 65 miles north-west of Minneapolis. But he didn’t announce his diagnosis until a year later on his website.
Vee and his wife, Karen, were married for more than 50 years. She died of kidney failure in 2015 at age 71. The couple had four children, including sons who performed with Vee.
Rest in peace Bobby and thanks for the music.Another dead celebrities 2016 casualty.
Tell the angels to take good care of our Bobby.










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