Bobby Vee was 1960s music star influenced by Buddy Holly

Vee released such hit songs as 'Take Good Care of My Baby.' The singer was a part of future singers' careers as well, with Bob Dylan once becoming part of his backup band and the Beatles selecting one of Vee's songs for an audition.

Jeff Baenen/AP
Bobby Vee poses at the studio console at his family's Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn., in 2013.

Inspired by the rock-and-roll icon Buddy Holly, 1960s singer Bobby Vee became a legend in his own right, recording dozens of Billboard hits and even earning the admiration of the Beatles.

Mr. Vee, who died on Monday, released such songs as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Rubber Ball,” and “Run to Him.”

Vee released an album titled “I Remember Buddy Holly,” but the way his career was influenced by Mr. Holly went further than that. When Vee was 15, he and a band served as substitutes for Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens after the group were involved in a plane crash on the way to a dance in Moorhead, Minn. 

Dance organizers had announced on the radio that they were looking for a group to take over for the singers who were in the crash. Vee and his group called in and performed in Moorhead instead of Holly and the other singers.

Washington Post writer Terence McArdle wrote that Vee’s singing was influenced by Holly as well, with Vee “model[ing] his nasal vocal style on Holly’s.” 

Vee released such albums as the 1960 album “Bobby Vee Sings Your Favorites,” 1966’s “Look At Me Girl,” and 1972’s “Nothin’ Like A Sunny  Day.” 

The singer eventually had 38 songs appear in the Billboard Hot 100 between 1959 and 1970, according to The New York Times

In addition, Bob Dylan was at one point part of his band. Mr. Dylan spoke positively of his time working with Vee, and once called Vee “the most beautiful person I’ve ever been on the stage with,” according to the Times. Dylan also reportedly said of Vee, “I’d always thought of him as a brother.”

The Beatles appeared to be fans of Vee’s as well, as the group used Vee’s hit “Take Good Care of My Baby” when they recorded a song for Decca Records as part of an audition in 1962.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.