A singer who was a teen idol in the pre-Beatles 1960s, scoring chart hits with “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Devil or Angel” and other huge pop songs of the period, has died. Billboard reports that Bobby Vee died today of advanced Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.
The article describes Vee as “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.”
Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, and had not performed since that year.
His string of hit records began in 1959 and lasted through the ’60s, including “Run to Him,” “Rubber Ball” and ”The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.”