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August 14, 2020

Bobby Vee: The Teen Idol of the 1960s

Born 1943 as Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, American singer Bobby Vee started playing music when he was just a young teenager. His first single, “Suzie Baby,” was recorded for the Soma label, based in Minneapolis, in 1959; it was a hit in Minnesota and drew enough national attention to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him later that year.

According to Billboard magazine, Vee had thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits, ten of which reached the Top 20, and six gold singles in his career. He was also a pioneer in the music video genre, appearing in several musical films and in the Scopitone series of early film-and-music jukebox recordings.

Vee continued performing live until 2011 when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2012, He announced publicly that he had been diagnosed with the disease and consequently would withdraw from the music business.

Vee died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at the age of 73.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of a young Bobby Vee in the 1960s.


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