Hello,  In August of 1959 Bobby Vee charted his first hit record.  The song which was written by Bobby is  SUZIE BABY and was first released on Soma Records a Minneapolis record label.  The record was purchased by the large national label, Liberty Records when it drew chart attention.  The single record climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to #77 and Bobby Vee was on his way.

His follow-up single was a cover version of Adam Faith’s #1 hit record in the UK,  WHAT DO YOU WANT?  Bobby’s record charted at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1960.  His third single  ONE LAST KISS did not chart, but did reach the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart at #112, in May of 1960.

It was his fourth single record release that brought him fame and stardom.  A Doo-Wop ballad that was a revival of The Clovers hit,  DEVIL OR ANGEL, that had been a 1956 hit for the group and a #3 Billboard R&B hit.  Bobby’s hit version made its chart debut on August 1, 1960 and climbed up the Billboard chart to #6.  The singles record remained on the chart for 19 weeks.  The record was a smash hit, on radio and in the record stores…a huge seller and the beginning of a long string of hits, 45 hit singles on the US charts between 1959 and 1970. 

The “B” side of his  DEVIL OR ANGEL single record, is another classic recording.  Ivory Joe Hunters 1956 #12 pop hit,  SINCE I MET YOU BABY is given that special Bobby Vee touch.  The single charted for him on September 12, 1960 at #81.  It became his first double-sided hit, there would be many more to follow.

Bobby was born on April 30, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota.  His birth name is Robert Thomas Velline.  He would chart 6 Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hits and 10 Top 20 hits.  He has continued to thrill his fans throughout the years with his music and his personal appearances.  Bobby Vee is ranked at #20 in the 1960’s by Joel Whitburn, in his listing of the top artists of the 1960’s and is ranked at #118 all-time.  A wonderful tribute to a man whose music is a huge part of the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

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