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The beloved pop idol who sang the hit song “Take Good Care Of My Baby” has passed away from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, according to his son, Jeff Velline.
Chart topping singer Bobby Vee was recognized with assisting Bob Dylan earn his big break to stardom, as Dylan formerly toured with the singer while briefly in the band by the name of Elston Gunnn. Dylan even publicly applauded Vee back in July of 2013 while performing at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota. The “Blowin’ In The Wind Singer” told his audience of his performances with great artists from “Mick Jagger to Madonna”, expressing,
“But the most meaningful person I’ve ever been on the stage with, was a man who is here tonight, who used to sing a song called “Suzie Baby”. I want to say that Bobby Vee is actually here tonight. Maybe you can show your appreciation with just a round of applause,” as covered by the Inforum.
Vee was merely 15 when he became a fill-in for singer Buddy Holly after a plane crash claimed the singers life, along with Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in 1959. The unexpected tragedy became known as “The Day The Music Died,” famously referenced by singer Don McClean in “American Pie”.
It was back in 2012 that Vee took to his website to sadly announce his early stage Alzheimers diagnosis, ultimately becoming the reason for his withdrawal from music.
He passed away October 24 in Rogers, Minnesota. We send our prayers to his family.
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