Bobby Vee, best known for his hits Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, has died at the age of 73 of an Alzheimer’s related illness. On the same day Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns, also died aged 57 after having a cardiac arrest.
Two vocalists, a generation apart, who will be remembered for two classic songs: Bobby Vee for Rubber Ball and Pete Burns for his No1 You Spin Me Round ( Like a Record ) with Dead or Alive, although arguably he will be best remembered for his rubbery face post cosmetic surgery!!
Bobby Vee’s big break came in 1959 in unfortunate circumstances when at the age of 15 he deputised for Buddy Holly after the singer’s untimely death in a plane crash. Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were also killed in the accident in Iowa, along with the pilot, Roger Peterson. A call went out for local acts to replace Buddy Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Bobby Vee and his band, which had only formed two weeks previously, volunteered and the rest as they say is history.
Bobby Vee and Pete Burns may have left us but their legacy is guaranteed with their respective hits Rubber Ball and You Spin Me Round ( like a record )…….
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