Pop singer Bobby Vee has died at the age of seventy-three, due to complications from Alzheimer's. He had thirty-eight Top 100 hits, and seven gold records.
Bobby Vee's career began at the age of fifteen, in early 1959, when he and his band The Shadows -- a last-minute naming -- filled in for the ill-fated Buddy Holly when Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and their pilot Roger Peterson died in a plane crash on their way to a concert.
Vee's multiple hits -- included "Suzie Baby," "Devil or Angel," "Walkin' with My Angel," "Rubber Ball," "More Than I Can Say" (later recorded by Leo Sayer), "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Run to Him," "Sharing You," "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (one of my personal favorites), and "Come Back When You Grow Up."
At one point, a pianist who called himself Elston Gunn (sometimes Elston Gunnn, with three Ns), toured with The Shadows. His real name was Robert Zimmerman; he later changed it to Bob Dylan. Dylan's autobiography mentions Bobby Vee and provides him with both personal and professional compliments.
And here's my favorite Bobby Vee song...
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