Famed ’60s crooner Bobby Vee died yesterday (October 24th) at age 73 from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Vee was born Robert Velline on April 30th, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota with his big break coming on February 4th, 1959, when at only age 15, he and his band the Shadows, filled in during the Winter Dance Party show in Moorehead, North Dakota, following the fatal plane crash of three of the tour’s headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson — The “Big Bopper”.
Vee will forever be known for his string of 14 Top 40 hits in the 1960’s — including the 1961 chart-topper “Take Good Care Of My Baby”; “Run To Him” (#2); “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” (#3); “Come Back When You Grow Up” (#3); “Devil Or Angel” (#6); and “Rubber Ball” (#6);
- Following his hitmaking years, Vee continued to perform on the oldies circuit in both North America and Europe. He retired in 2011 upon learning of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and in 2014 released The Adobe Sessions, which was recorded in his garage with his family.
- Bobby Vee is survived by his four children. His wife of 50 years, Karen, died in 2015.
Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns, best known for the band’s 1985 Number 11 hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” has died at age 57. Pollstar reported that the androgynous Burns — who was the son of an Austrian refugee and a Liverpudlian mother, died of a heart attack. Burns’ death was announced by his management via twitter, with the statement, “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”