I had just finished my blog this morning when I found out that music superstar Bobby Vee had died at the age of 73. Bobby Vee had been suffering from Alzheimers for the past few years.
Bobby Vee was born Bobby Veeline in Fargo, ND. He was thrust into the national spotlight, when at age 15, yes FIFTEEN, he was put on stage in Moorhead, MN to fill in for Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens after they were killed enroute to Moorhead for their big concert.
Bobby’s boyish good looks drove the women crazy.
Bobby’s wife Karen was his soulmate and his rock. I didn’t know this, but she passed away last year at the age of 71. Here they are together.
Here’s another trivia answer for you. When Bobby Vee took the stage that fateful night, his band had only been together for TWO WEEKS. TWO WEEKS!! When the disc jockey introduced Bobby Vee, he turned to Bobby and asked him what his band’s name was. Bobby turned around, looked at his band and saw the shadows of the band on the floor and turned around and said, “The Shadows.” And that’s how this music legend began.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Vee a few years ago in Aberdeen. He was playing a show with another great singer Johnny Tillotson. I brought my Mom and Dad and my wife Jeannie backstage to meet him. My Mom was, and is a HUGE fan of Bobby Vee. Plus, when my gorgeous wife was Miss Roslyn in the SD snow queen festival back in 1985, Bobby Vee was the host and music guest at the show!!
Bobby and I talked music and he told me he was impressed with my knowledge of music. He gave me a business card with his home address and phone numbers on it. He was living in St. Cloud, MN at that time. Bobby told me that if I was ever in St. Cloud, that I should call him and stop by and have a coffee and a visit with him. Seriously, what singer in today’s world would invite a total stranger to his house for coffee sometime. Bobby Vee never lost his “small town” approach to his fans. I loved him and his music dearly.
And now it’s time to honor this music legend by giving you a few videos of his hits. I hope that you will watch these and reminisce about a small town North Dakota boy who made it big. VERY BIG.
This song happens to be my favorite Bobby Vee song. My brothers, Troy and Trevor, would sing three part harmony with me on this song.
And who didn’t love this classic?
Here’s a little of “Rubber Ball.”
And finally, here’s my second favorite Bobby Vee song. (Complete with a cool video.)
Mr. Vee, thank you for the incredible music. Now it’s time to rest in peace.