Take Good Care Of My Baby By Bobby Vee

July 20, 2014

 

Robert Thomas Velline was born April 30, 1943. The future Bobby Vee grew up to place 38 songs on the Billboard Magazine Pop Hot 100 Chart. Only one, however, made it all the way to number one. “Take Good Care of My Baby” was released August 7, 1961 and on September 18, it reached the top of the charts, and there it remained for three weeks.

His first taste of fame began with a tragedy. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, after a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Vee’s group, The Shadows, then replaced the deceased artists at a scheduled show in Moorhead, Minnesota.

By the time he was 20, Vee was a pop star of the pre-1960s Beatles era. While he would never attain the popularity or status of an Elvis Presley or Ricky Nelson, during the 1960s he would assemble an impressive catalogue of some of the best pop hits of the era. “Run To Him” (#2), “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” (#3), “Devil Or Angel” (#6), and “Come Back When You Grow Up” (#3) were all catchy mid-to up-tempo pop creations. They may not have been essential to the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll but they were perfect for AM radio airplay, which was an important ingredient to music success during the 1960s.

Trivia note: His early touring band included a young Bob Dylan under an assumed name.

“Take Good Care Of My Baby” was typical of his material. Melodic music combined with easily remembered lyrics, plus his laid-back vocal were all ingredients for success.

Bobby Vee’s hits ceased as the 1960s ended but he has continued to tour since then and during the present year. Fifty-three years ago, he sat on top of the music world for the only period in his life.


Devil Or Angel 45 by Bobby Vee

March 30, 2013

devilor angel bobby vee

Bobby Vee gained fame as a teenager when he filled in for Buddy Holly after his death. He had two lower chart singles, 1959 and 1960, but by the summer of 1960 he was poised to have his break through hit.

“Devil Or Angel” was originally a rhythm & blues hit for the Clovers in 1956 when it reach number three of the BILLBOARD R&B Chart. Vee provided a very smooth vocal and moved to over to straight pop. Released during the summer, it became the first top ten single of his career, peaking at number six on the BILLOARD Hot 100.

His career is now past the fifty year mark but the the most successful part was 1059-1970, when he placed 38 singles on the Hot 100.


Take Good Care Of My Baby 45 by Bobby Vee

December 24, 2011

Robert Thomas Velline was born April 30, 1943. The future Bobby Vee grew up to place 38 songs on the Billboard Magazine Pop Singles Chart. Only one, however, made it all the way to number one. “Take Good Care of My Baby” was released August 7, 1961 and on September 18, it reached the top of the charts, and there it remained for three weeks.

His first taste of fame began with a tragedy. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, after a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Vee’s group, The Shadows, then replaced the deceased artists at a scheduled show in Moorhead, Minnesota.

By the time he was 20, Vee was a pop star of the pre-1960s Beatles era. While he would never attain the popularity or status of an Elvis Presley or Ricky Nelson, during the 1960s he would assemble an impressive catalogue of some of the best pop hits of the era. “Run To Him” (#2), “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” (#3), “Devil Or Angel” (#6), and “Come Back When You Grow Up” (#3) were all catchy mid-to up-tempo pop creations. They may not have been essential to the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll but they were perfect for AM radio airplay, which was an important ingredient to music success during the 1960s.

Trivia note: His early touring band included a young Bob Dylan under an assumed name.

“Take Good Care Of My Baby” was typical of his material. Melodic music combined with easily remembered lyrics, plus his laid-back vocal were all ingredients for success.

Bobby Vee’s hits ceased as the 1960s ended but he has continued to tour down to the present day. A little over 50 years ago, he sat on top of the music world for the only period in his life.


The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 45 by Bobby Vee

August 20, 2010

“The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” was one of the first records to grace my record collection. I played it to death as an early teenager.

Bobby Vee placed 38 hits on the American singles charts between 1959-1970. “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” would reach number three during December of 1962.

His first claim to fame was filling in for Buddy Holly at his next scheduled show after his death. Another little know fact is Bob Dylan was an early member of his touring band.

Bobby Vee continues to tour and perform on the oldies circuit today.