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July 4, 2017 Joetown Rocks pays tribute to Bobby Vee

St. Joseph - In 2006, Bobby Vee helped create Joetown Rocks by agreeing to headline a church concert.

And in 2011, following a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease at the age of 67, Vee made the event his final public performance. READ MORE

February 4, 2017 The Killer Vees: Remembering Bobby Vee

Known in the business as the rhythm section to the stars, Jeff and Tommy Vee have been playing stand-up drums and doghouse bass respectively for 30 years with a resume far too long to list here. They have performed, recorded and toured with a virtual who’s who in the music business: Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Crickets, Paul McCartney, Ronnie Wood, Brian Setzer and Chuck Berry to name a few. Setuarday February 4, 2017 they will be doing a tribute to Bobby Vee at The Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

January 11, 2017 Tommy Allsup, Guitarist Who Avoided 'Day the Music Died' Crash, Dead at 85

"I know my dad has talked about that many times and knew that he was very lucky to be here," son says. "It could have been the other way around" READ MORE

Buddy Holly and Tommy Allsup 1959

October 24, 2016 Family treasures Vee's legacy of joy

St. Cloud Times story on Bobby Vee's legacy of joy. READ MORE

October 24, 2016 1960s pop singer Bobby Vee dies at age 73 after Alzheimer's battle

"If when your life is over... you can smile at where you've been, you've accomplished all that matters in the end..."

-Robert Thomas Velline 10-24-2016

October 3, 2016 'Teen Idol' at St. Paul's History Theatre fits to a Vee

It sounds like a plot for a movie - or a play. After a plane crach kills a bunch of big stars on their way to a concert, an unknown gets the chance to fill in, and that starts him on his way to stardom. READ MORE

July 20, 2016 Take the time today to cherish Bobby Vee's music 

St. Cloud Times has a great story about Booby - Have you listened to any Bobby Vee music lately? I have. Granted, I don't own a ton of Vee's albums, but I've got a compilation of his best stuff and a ... READ MORE

March 11, 2016 Bobby Vee's 1965 Ford Mustang to be Displayed at Twin Cities Auto Show

A 1965 Ford Mustang belonging to a popular 1960s rock-and-roll idol will be featured at the Twin Cities Auto Show this weekend in Minneapolis – all for a good cause.

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January 14, 2016 Bobby Vee interview from 2005 in Northampton

You can now listen to a great Bobby Vee interview by John Hannam at John Hannam Meets. I hope you enjoy.

October 6, 2015 Singer Billy Joe Royal Has Died Aged 73

According to NBC's Nashville affiliate, Billy Joe Royal unexpectedly died in his sleep at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Billy Joe Royal was an American Pop and Country singer. Born in Valdosta, Georgia, and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Royal became a local star at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the 1965 US Top 10 pop hit "Down in the Boondocks", which, along with the singles "I Knew You When" and "Hush", were written and produced by Joe South. His 1969 single, "Cherry Hill Park", peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Burned Like a Rocket" is a song written by Gary Burr, and recorded by Billy Joe Royal. It was released in October 1985 as the first single from the album Looking Ahead. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was Royal's first Top 10 hit on that chart, and his first charting single overall since 1978.

Royal was honoured by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1988, meaning he now sits alongside stars like Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Reading and James Brown.

Two years ago, Royal had a role in the 2013 film "Billy the Kid."

Funeral arrangements for the star are pending.

September 25, 2015 If I Needed You

Great article about Bobby from Adam Gerace at

"I’ve loved Bobby Vee’s music for as long as I can remember. If I had written that opening sentence without the word “music”, and maybe referred to his dreamy hazel eyes, it could just as likely have appeared in an article from 16 or Teen Screen in 1961 when Bobby was firmly in teen idol territory. What started for me as an affinity with his early ‘60’s songs like “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Rubber Ball”, both mainstays on Saturday Night Jukebox-type radio shows when I was a kid in the ‘80s-‘90s, grew over the years and he is probably my favourite male singer who started a career at that time. I emphasise started because while he may be best known for the almost 40 Billboard Hot 100 chart hits that he had from 1959-1970, he never really stopped recording and performing. Along the way, Bobby became a legend."

Here is the link

August 4, 2015 Peace.

By Jenny Vee

Dearest Family & Friends:
Our Mother passed away very peacefully at 11:58pm, Monday night, August 3rd. We thank you all so much for your heartfelt words of love and support.

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don’t have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master’s hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand
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Love and Peace,
The Velline Family

August 1, 2015 Acceptance

By Jenny Vee
Greetings Family and Friends:

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you that our mother has made the decision to enter hospice. She has fought a long and hard battle with a strength and bravery that is inspiring to us all. As our mother enters her final days, she would like to thank you all for your prayers. She asked us all to let you know that she feels those prayers as she transitions to this next stage of her journey. You have all helped her to achieve the acceptance that she needs to find peace with her decision.

Please send us any thoughts or prayers that you have for her. We would love to share them with her over her final days.

At present, Mom is comfortable & at peace. She has had time to be with us all and share memories, gratitude and love... We are focusing on the many gifts & blessings while working thru sadness.

With Gratitude

Bob, Jeff, Tommy, Robby, Jenny Velline and families.

July 16, 2015 Bobby Vee at home

Bobby and a friend relax at home watching his friend Fabian in North To Alaska on TV.

July 14, 2015 David Somerville Original lead singer of The Diamonds, 81, dies

David and Bobby have worked togerther many times over the past 50 plus years. The Diamonds biggest hits were "Little Darlin" and "The Stroll. READ MORE

"In memory of a great friend, true gentleman and class act, you will always be in our hearts and a part of our fondest memories.

Love & sympathies to Denise, Landon, Kate & all of the Sommerville family."

The Vees

February 7, 2015 Crickets bass player Joe B. Mauldin, 74, dies

Joe B. Mauldin, bass player for rock and roll pioneers The Crickets, passed away Saturday morning in Nashville, his adopted hometown of more than 30 years, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. READ MORE.

February 3, 2015 Project brings Bobby Vee archive into digital age

ST. JOSEPH – More than a half century after Bobby Vee launched his music career, his sons are working to make sure the legacy survives the march of time. READ MORE.

December 28, 2014 One of Bennett's bands

A drum demo and interview that Bennett did last week.  There is also a story on One of Bennett's bands in the St. Cloud times The Graduates juggle rock, gigs — and high school


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