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Some of Bobby Vee's hit singles, chart positions

— "Take Good Care of My Baby," hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart in September 1961. The single stayed at No. 1 for three weeks.

— "Run to Him," hit No. 2 on Hot 100 in December 1961.

— "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," hit No. 3 on Hot 100 in February 1963, No. 8 on Hot R&B Singles in January 1963, and No. 2 on Adult Contemporary Airplay in January 1963.

— "Come Back When You Grow Up," hit No. 3 on Hot 100 in September 1967.

— "Devil or Angel," hit No. 6 on Hot 100 in October 1960.

— "Rubber Ball," hit No. 6 on Hot 100 in January 1961.

— "Charms," hit No. 13 on Hot 100 in May 1963, and No. 5 on Adult Contemporary Airplay in May 1963.

— "Please Don't Ask About Barbara," hit No. 15 on Hot 100 in April 1962.

— "Sharing You," hit No. 15 on Hot 100 in July 1962.

— "Punish Her," hit No. 20 on Hot 100 in October 1962.


(Source: Billboard magazine)

1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73

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."

The call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Vee and his 2-week-old band volunteered, along with three or four other bands. The show's emcee, Charlie Boone, then a disc jockey at KFGO Radio, turned to Vee and asked him the name of his band. Vee looked at the shadows of his bandmates on the floor and answered: The Shadows.

"I didn't have any fear right then," Vee recalled in a 1999 interview with The Associated Press. "The fear didn't hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it. I didn't think that I'd be able to sing. If I opened my mouth, I wasn't sure anything would come out."

Vee called his debut a milestone in his life, and "the start of a wonderful career."

Within months the young singer and The Shadows, which included his older brother Bill on lead guitar, recorded Vee's "Suzie Baby" for Soma Records in Minneapolis. It was a regional hit, and Vee soon signed with Liberty Records.

He went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, hitting the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song "Take Good Care of My Baby," and reaching No. 2 with the follow-up, "Run to Him." Other Vee hits include "Rubber Ball," ''The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," ''Devil or Angel," ''Come Back When You Grow Up," ''Please Don't Ask About Barbara" and "Punish Her."

Besides his clear, ringing voice, Vee also was a skilled rhythm guitarist and occasional songwriter. He racked up six gold singles, but saw his hits diminish with the British Invasion of The Beatles and other English groups in the mid-1960s.

Vee kept recording into the 2000s, and maintained a steady touring schedule. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. He performed his last show that year, billed only as his retirement, during an annual community fundraiser that his family holds near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis. But he didn't announce his diagnosis until a year later on his website.

In a 2013 interview with The Associated Press, Vee said he knew his abilities were diminishing and he didn't want to put his family through a public decline.

"It's not getting any better, I can tell you that," Vee said. "But I'm doing the best I can."

Vee still released a new album, "The Adobe Sessions," a loose jam session recorded with family members in Vee's adobe garage north of Tucson, Arizona. The 2014 album featured some of Vee's favorite songs from Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot and Ricky Nelson. It was released on the 55th anniversary of the Holly plane crash.

The album also included Vee's cover of Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me," a nod to the folk-rock legend who got his start in Vee's band in Fargo.

Dylan grew up in Hibbing, a town on northern Minnesota's Iron Range, and briefly played with Vee's band. Although their time playing together was short, Dylan had a lasting effect on Vee's career: It was Dylan, himself going by the name Elston Gunn when he hammered on the piano at a couple of The Shadows' gigs, who suggested Vee change his last name from Velline to Vee.

In his "Chronicles: Volume One" memoir, Dylan recalled that Vee "had a metallic, edgy tone to his voice and it was as musical as a silver bell." When Dylan performed in St. Paul in 2013, he saluted Vee in the audience and performed "Suzie Baby."

Vee and his wife, Karen, were married for more than 50 years. She died of kidney failure in 2015 at age 71. The couple had four children, including sons who performed with Vee.

Family members said Vee's memory wasn't affected so much by Alzheimer's as his speech. During the AP interview in 2013, he answered questions but would become tongue-tied searching for the right word. Vee tried unconventional methods to alleviate his Alzheimer's symptoms, from chiropractor visits to acupuncture, and also renewed his passion for painting.

And while he sometimes wished he could do the things that once came easily, Vee said he was "not going to cry about it."

"God brought me home," he said. "And that's the deal."




This story has been corrected to show it was Bob Dylan, not Vee, who used the stage name Elston Gunn.

Screaming fans prompt Justin Bieber to walk off stage

It seems even Justin Bieber finds his screaming fans irritating.

The pop star walked off the stage during his show in Manchester, England, on Sunday after some fans ignored his request to stop screaming as he was trying to talk to the crowd between songs.

Bieber told the crowd that he wanted to be able to say something and the screaming had to stop. When the screaming continued, a frustrated Bieber dropped the microphone as he left the stage.

The singer returned several moments later and told the crowd he'd stop talking and just do his musical set, because, he said, "Manchester just can't handle it."

Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73

Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73.

Sting to perform, receive honor at American Music Awards

Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will receive a special honor for his successful career.

Dick Clark Productions said Monday that Sting will receive The American Music Award of Merit on Nov. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The award was last given in 2008, to Annie Lennox. Other recipients include Michael Jackson, Prince, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston and Paul McCartney.

The 65-year-old former Police lead singer will perform a medley of his hits, including his latest single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You." Sting will release a new album, "57th & 9th," on Nov. 11.

Bruno Mars will open the AMAs, which will air live on ABC. Drake is the leading nominee at the fan-voted show.



Charlie Puth cancels remainder of tour, citing illness

The singer said on Twitter Sunday that he has been "extremely sick" during the tour and hasn't taken the time he needs to recover. He says "resting and taking time off the road" is the only way he can get better and resume performing.

The "Don't Talk Tour" began last month and had been scheduled to run through Nov. 8.

Puth hasn't released any information on whether the remaining tour dates will be rescheduled.

Taylor Swift sings Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For' at her only concert of 2016

Taylor Swift, 26, took the stage at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix race in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night to perform a song she’s never sung in front of an audience.

>> Taylor Swift shares footage from Formula One rehearsals

Swift sang her version of “This Is What You Came For,” which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. Harris and Rihanna came together to sing the song this summer.

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“I’ve never played this song live before,” Swift, who was recovering from a cold, told her fans. “But if you know it, maybe you could sing along, and then I could get to know what that feels like to hear it sung back to me.”

>> PHOTOS: Taylor Swift through the years

It was her only concert of the year.

>> Click here or scroll down to see videos and photos from the performance

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WATCH: Pentatonix stuns with new cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Pentatonix has done it again. The a cappella group came together to sing a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

>> Watch the video here

Cohen released the song in 1984, and since then, it has been covered by multiple artists.

>> Watch Cohen's version here

>> Listen to Jeff Buckley's version

Fans seem to love Pentatonix's take on the classic, and many YouTube comments have been posted about the video.

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“I cried. Anyone else?” one user wrote.

“LOVE YOU PENTATONIX,” another said.

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Garth Brooks holds sports camp during West Virginia stop

Garth Brooks has taken time out from a concert tour stop in West Virginia to hold a basketball camp for children.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail ( ) reports the country music superstar participated in the camp Saturday at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Dressed in jeans and a black hoodie, Brooks encouraged camp participants and was on the floor during several drills. About 80 boys and girls ages 9 to 13 attended the camp. Members of the college's men's and basketball teams served as counselors.

Sports camps are common on Brooks' world tour. He says Saturday's camp will help children learn skills and how to be teammates while enabling the college athletes to give back to the community.

Brooks performed concerts in Charleston on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,

DJ Khaled and fiancée welcome baby boy on Snapchat

It's a boy for music producer DJ Khaled and his fiancée Nicole Tuck, who welcomed their first child into the world early Sunday morning.

Khaled chronicled the birth in a series of snapchats showing the inside of the delivery room where he can be heard telling the doctor that "it's go time."

The video clips took place over a period of about 10 hours, showing nearly everything about the birth while his album "Major Key" played in the background.

After Tuck gave birth, Khaled said that he was going to let audiences hear the crying baby only. He also stamped his arm with the ink print of his son's foot.

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