Man of courage
Bobby Vee has braved Alzheimer’s disease and recorded a new album called “The Adobe Sessions.”
The album is released this month to mark the 55th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP ‘‘The Big Bopper’’ Richardson near Clear Lake, Iowa on the way to a gig.
The tragedy also launched Bobby’s career as a pop star. On that night, February 3, 1959, the then 15-year-old Robert Velline went on stage to take Buddy’s place. Bobby, who had regularly toured the UK, was forced to stop performing in 2011 because of the onset of Alzheimer’s.
“The Adobe Sessions” is a warm collection of songs with covers of numbers by Bob Dylan (‘The Man In Me’), Gordon Lightfoot (‘Walls’) and other leading musicians.
Bobby, 70, who recorded the CD with his family in a home studio in Minnesota, is joined on the song ‘The Maker’ by a group of monks.
His UK hits included ‘Rubber Ball’ (No.4), ‘More Than I Can Say’ (No.4), ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’ (No.3), ‘Run To Him’ (No.6), How Many Tears’ (No.10) ‘Sharing You’ (No.10) and ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’ (No.3).
In the US, Bobby notched up 38 chart entries, including 10 which made the top 20. Bob Dylan, who played in Bobby’s band before his own rise to fame, paid a heartfelt tribute at a Minnesota concert last year.
“I’ve shared the stage with everyone from Mick Jagger to Madonna, but the most beautiful person I’ve ever been on stage with is Bobby Vee,” said Dylan.
“He used to sing a song called ‘Suzie Baby’. Please show your appreciation with a round of applause. We’re gonna try and do this song, like I’ve done it with him before once or twice.”