Bobby Vee (born Robert Thomas Velline on April 30, 1943) began his music career at 15 as a stand-in for his idol, Buddy Holly, who had just died in the plane crash that also took the lives of Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. He debuted on the charts with "Suzie Baby" (1959, as Bobby Vee And The Shadows), a song he wrote that was inspired by Bubby Holly's "Peggy Sue." Bobby Vee's fame took off shortly thereafter with "Devil Or Angel" (1960).
Vee's long string of hits from 1959-1970 also include "Take Good Care Of My Baby" (1961), "Rubber Ball" (1961), "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" (1963), and "Come Back When You Grow Up" (1967, as Bobby Vee And The Strangers). A popular teen idol, he also appeared in a number of movies from the early-mid 1960s, including "Swingin' Along," "Play It Cool," "Just For Fun," and "C'mon, Let's Live A Little." Vee was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2011.
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Bobby Vee And The Strangers
- Beautiful People 1967
(This song also became a hit for Kenny O'Dell (1967).)
- Come Back When You Grow Up 1967
- Devil Or Angel 1960
- More Than I Can Say 1961
(This song later also became a hit for Leo Sayer (1980).)
- The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 1962
- One Last Kiss 1960
- Please Don't Ask About Barbara 1962
- Punish Her 1962
- Rubber Ball 1960
- Run To Him 1961
- Sharing You 1962
- Stayin' In 1961
- Take Good Care Of My Baby 1961
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Bobby Vinton (1968).)
- Walkin' With My Angel 1961
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