1960s pop icon Bobby Vee dies aged 73
Bobby Vee, the man responsible for a string of hits in the 1960s, has died aged 73. The news of his death was announced yesterday in a statement by the singer's son Jeff Velline, who said that his father died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. Vee had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011, playing his last concert in July of that year. It is understood that his death was the result of complications relating to the disease, which were reported to have reached an advanced stage.
Vee came to prominence at the very end of the 1950s, getting his first big break at the age of 15, just two weeks after forming his band, filling in for Buddy Holly after the latter was tragically killed in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of two other music stars, Ritchie Valens and Jiles Perry Richardson, the latter best-known by his stage name The Big Bopper.
An early line-up of his band had included a young Bob Dylan, who is credited with suggesting that Bobby Velline, as he was born, use the stage name of 'Vee'.
Bobby Vee's hits included songs like 'Take Good Care of My Baby', 'Rubber Ball' and 'Baby Face' and the singer became a teen idol in the early years of the emerging Rock 'n' Roll scene.
Vee lived out the last years of his life in his native Minnesota, with his son Jeff saying that his death had been “the end of a long, hard road”, adding that his father was “a person who brought joy all over the world.”
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Bobby's family.