1960s pop singer Bobby Vee dies at 73

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Jeff Bae­nen

MIN­NE­AP­O­LIS >> 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 J.P. “The Big Bop­per” Richard­son, has died. He was 73.

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.

Vee had been in mem­ory care at The Well­stead of Rogers & Di­a­mond­crest in Rogers, about 25 miles north­west of Min­ne­ap­o­lis, for the past 13 months and in hos­pice care in re­cent weeks, his son said.

Vee died peace­fully sur­rounded by fam­ily, Velline said, calling it “the end of a long hard road.”

He said his fa­ther was “a per­son who brought joy all over the world. That was his job.”

Born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moor­head, Min­nesota, af­ter the Feb. 3, 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.”

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