BOBBY VEE – from 15 Year Old Buddy Holly Fill-in to Enduring Rock and Roll Star #BobbyVee

Bobby Vee’s first hit, Suzie Baby, in an update 1962 version. The song, obviously inspired by Buddy Holly , performed in  1959 when Vee  filled in for Buddy Holly the night of the plane crash.

BOBBY VEE – from 15 Year Old Buddy Holly Fill-in to Enduring Rock and Roll Star #BobbyVee

“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

Four years ago I wrote the article, below, after hearing the tail end of a news report about Bobby Vee. They usually only mention earlier rock and roll stars when they pass or are involved in something bad, so I had just assumed Vee had passed – but didn’t want to hear any harsh reality. I would hold out the slight hope that Vee DIDN’T pass in May, 2012. Yet, I never checked the news or anything until several years later, when I learned the bittersweet news that Vee hadn’t passed but had been diagnosed with dementia. Vee would live another four years, though unable to really perform. His sons, the Vees, no doubt have carried on performing in the Bobby Vee tradition. We will follow up with more soon.

Not surprisingly we learned of Vee’s passing through a the British media (BBC); as with so many early U.S. rock and roll starsVee was probably more popular in Britain through most of his career and to this day, than he was in America. Rather than dwell on his passing, we’ll just link that clip and now discuss highlights of Bobby Vee’s career http://buff.ly/2dPY77m

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Teen Idol’ at St. Paul’s History Theatre fits to a Vee

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 BOBBY VEE – from Rubber Ball to Run To Him

MAY 12, 2012

I think I heard something on the radio today I didn’t want to hear.  It was the tail end of a news report.  Tell me I didn’t hear it.   I don’t want to know.

Bobby Vee, one of the many  ‘bobby’ singers of the early 60s is more than a teen idol. He was a musician , he wrote some of his songsm though his friend Del Shannon used to tease him because Del struggled to write most of his songs whereas bobby got help from the likes of Carol King (Take Good Care of My Baby’ and others. Speaking of Del Shannon, when Del passed Bobby Vee went out of his way to eulogize Del, saying very nice things like the above notation about. Del had earlier said nice things about Bobby during interviews back in the ’80s.

DEL SHANNON
WITH BUDDY DEL SHANNON IN THE 80S

 

I only saw Bobby Vee perform once, maybe twice.  He didn’t do California mcy (where I live). I did see him at least once, on New Year’s eve maybe a decade or more ago, performing with Brenda Lee.  Bobby has so much energy and he, like Rick Nelson and other teen idols is into the music first, externals second.

The  story of how Vee took over for Buddy Hoilly at Clear Lake , Iowa

15-YEAR-OLD VEE HAD THE DISTINGUISHED HONOR OF ‘REPLACING’ BUDDY HOLLY FOLLOWING THE PLANE CRASH

as a 15-year-old with his group, the Shadows, following the terrible plane crash in 1959. Well Vee, was no flash in the pan.  He would go on to have many hits with his own signature sound, though always with a hint of Buddy.  He loved the music and exuded that in concert.

He was /is a family man and loves his sons , who made up his band in the later years, The Vees.

I feel very fortunate to have grown up during Vee’s heyday and got to witness his stardom first hand as it occurred….

BOBBY VEE – from Rubber Ball to Run To Him

 

‘Stranger in Your Arms‘ from 1963 (stereo) is a beautiful song I’m afraid

to say I never heard before now. One of those gems that never made it

high on the charts. Enjoy

 


‘Look At Me Girl,’ another non-hit performed in 1966 on Dick Clark’s ‘Where The Action Is’ TV show. Here Dick Clark announce Bobby , on location in his home town of Minneapolis.
Thanks bobby. We’ll be playing your music early and often.

End of Original 2012 article

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Bobby Vee was not just ‘one of the Bobby’s’  ’60s teen idols, of which there were many,  but a bonafide rock and roll icon with 38 Top 100 Hits who continued to write and perform his music around the world through the 2000’s. He was a singer, songwriter, producer and fine artist, too. And, even with all that talent, some close to him , like Del Shannon, may say the best of all is that he was an all round great guy.  Bobby Vee will certainly live on not just with all his songwriting credits but the music that will continue to be played daily around the world.

 

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 BOBBY VEE – from Rubber Ball to Run To Him

BY VEE HOMEPAGEom Rubber Ball to Run To Him

DICK CLARK Come Back – New Years Eve Not So Rockin’ without you

dick clarks rockin eve 12 w ryan seacrest

1/1/13

Dear Dick Clark,

Turn over in your grave if you haven’t already.  We really missed you for the New Year’s Ball drop this year. 

Not that your past few New Year’s shows were anything to write home about but  at least you were there and you probably would have never let on that Korean rapper who features x-rated lyrics and expressed desire to kill Americans.  Of course it was ok for  President Obama to watch him perform ,recently, so I guess it was ok for the new powers who be to have him on the show  . There was also something named Pitbull and that known slut, if you will, who liplocked any man in sight, looking like she was going to strangle the mild-mannered,  diminutive Ryan Seacrest. No body of the values we grew up with in sight.
Seacrest we thought to be a decent guy in the Dick Clark mold, but maybe now he, too, has gone off the moral cliff, as it were. Other than some nice words about you, he certainly dropped the ball in this first performance without you around – or maybe he has no choice with today’s programming as it is.  We can’t give you any further review since we had to change the channel right after that display following the ball drop. Dick Clark at least added a little sanity to what’s left of New Years Eve and TV viewing.  Appropriately named Twilight Zone marathon on SciFi helped to wipe out the  otherwise nightmare for us New Years Eve, not to be remembered.
-JB,  http://www.RoadToSuccess.us/blog

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Dick Clark, American Bandstand Remembered in Tribute Videos

Dick Clark, American Bandstand Remembered in Tribute Videos

Dick Clark and American Bandstand were given nice sendoffs on several national programs including American Idol, ‘Pyramid’ game show (created originally by Clark) and Daytime Emmys… Many of us have weighed in with their own video tributes, including thorugh the ‘magic’ of video and Youtube. Here are a couple we found on You Tube that we liked. Credits to M2Productions and Stevie Wonder with some touching background music and luvjrnyfovever for the second. Featured are a lot of the artists that cut their teeth at American Bandstand, such as Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke, Frankie Valli and Barry Manilow, who wrote the theme to American Bandstand, which plays in the background of the second video. Thanks! Dick Clark, American Bandstand Remembered in Tribute Videos

ROY ORBISON on AMERICAN BANDSTAND Sings ‘Pretty Woman’

Roy Orbison Birhday Tribute –

Sings Pretty Woman on Dick

Clark’s American Bandstand, New

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Celebrate RoyOrbison’s birthday (4-23) with a clip from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand circa 1965 as Roy is in rehearsal for his new movie, ‘Fastest Guitar Alive’. See Roy in trailer from movie, singing ‘Pistolero,’ ‘Good Tiime Party’,’ ‘Mediciine Man. (below)

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American Bandstand Studios Reopen ! Bandstand Memorabilia, Collectables

Former ‘Bandstand’ dancers take

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By Kristin E. Holmes

Inquirer Staff Writer

 

Former American Bandstand dancer Tommy “Crazy Legs” Davis leaned in to examine the enlarged pictures on the walls in Studio B, looking for himself in the photos that captured the Philadelphia heyday of the rock-and-roll dance party hosted by Dick Clark.

Back then, Davis was a thin, 129-pound teenager from Roxborough with curly blond hair.

On Saturday, he was an older version of himself with less hair and a few more pounds but the same love for the TV show and Clark, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at 82.

“My biggest thrill was dancing with Patti Page,” said Davis, 70, of Jenkintown, who was a regular on the show from 1955 to 1957. “Dick pulled me down from the bleachers.”

Davis was among the hundreds of formerAmerican Bandstand dancers and fans who flooded Studio B at the former WFIL-TV station – the original home of the dance program – to bop, stroll, and twist in Clark’s memory.

The building at 4548 Market St. now houses the Enterprise Center, a nonprofit group that helps minority and disadvantaged entrepreneurs start their own businesses. Studio B is rented out for events such as parties and wedding receptions.

The center opened for public tours Saturday because officials had received so many requests to visit the building since Clark’s death, said Della Clark (no relation), who is president of the center.

From the speakers, the sounds of Chubby Checker, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and the Beatles provided music with good beats that were easy to dance to.

Arnold Jones, a retired bus driver from North Philadelphia, twirled Grace Short, who works in food service.

Jones, 69, danced on the show twice in the late 1950s. Short, 64, of West Philadelphia, was a regular in 1960 and 1961.

“I saw a few black dancers who I watched [on TV], so I figured the show was for anybody who wanted to come,” Short said.

At the show, she saw James Brown perform in person, and even danced with a white partner.

The first-floor studio is lined with plaques, posters, and other Bandstand memorabilia that the center obtained when Clark auctioned off some of his possessions in 2006.

The building, one of the first to be built as a television station, was the home of American Bandstand until the show moved to Los Angeles in 1964. It later housed WHYY Studios, but fell into disrepair when the public-TV station moved in 1979. MORE

‘American Bandstand’ studios   reopen for tours  in Wake of Dick Clark’s Passing

April 20, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CDT
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PHILADELPHIA _ For seven years it was a hot spot of teenage American pop culture.

From 1957 until 1964, Dick Clark hosted “American Bandstand” at the West Philadelphia studios of WFIL-TV, where thousands of teens dreamed of appearing on the hit show.

But few actually got the chance to dance inside the nondescript building in the shadow of the Market-Frankford El at 46th and Market streets.

If you were one of those teens who yearned for your “Bandstand” moment, here’s your chance.

On Saturday between noon and 3 p.m. the current owners will open the former Studio B for three hours of tours, reminiscing, and perhaps, one last Twist on the dance floor.

“We’ll put on some music and let people have their moment,” said Jeff Wicklund of the Enterprise Center, a nonprofit business incubator which purchased the building in 1995. “We’re just trying to be good stewards of the ‘Bandstand’ legacy.”

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American Bandstand Dancers Kenny, Arlene, Justine and Bob, American Bandstand Memorabilia, Collectables

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Fans of the show have flocked to the building, dropping off flowers and cards since Clark’s death on Wednesday, Wicklund said.

“There have been a lot of people coming through asking to take a few pictures in studio,” he said. “It’s fairly well preserved with photos, mementos and a mural on the wall.”

When the Enterprise Center bought the structure, it had been abandoned for almost 20 years. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Wicklund said the Center has established an endowment to maintain the “Bandstand” studios, which now play host to private parties, high school proms, weddings and fashion shows.

To fund the endowment, the Center is asking for a $20 contribution for admission on Saturday.

“If you can help us out it would be great,” Wicklund said. “But we’re not going to turn anybody away who can’t afford it.”

 

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(c)2012 The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

 

VISIT AGAIN WITH KENNY, ARLENE, JUSTINE AND BOB @
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See original American Bandstand Dancers get together a few years back to reminisce about their days on American Bandstand in the fifties and sixies. This was before the passing Dick Clark. would be good to get them back and share their thoughts and memories of Clark…

Here we have a 30 Year Tribute to Bandstand (1982), featuring a montage of artists, one for each year beginning about 1958 including great videos of Paul Anka, Rick Nelson, Neil Sedaka,Leslie Gore, Supremes, Petula clark, Mommas and Papas, Aretha Franklin, SimonThree Dog Night etc…

More Bandstand memories @ http://www.OldiesCountry.com/american-bandstand-dancers-kenny-arlene-justine-and-bob

 

 

 

Hard to believe the self-proclaimed ‘world’s oldest teenager’  is gone…

and so is another piece of our youth…but his spirit and extensive catalog of great video,  music and memories   live on and continue to bring great pleasure to millions…

 

[starrating]

One of Clark’s many performers on ‘Bandstand,’  Johnny Burnette may have ‘Kept The Train a ‘Rollin’  but Dick Clark kept The Rock  ‘a Rollin’  long after they said it would never last…  Play one more for me Mr. DJ, Dick Clark!
“Dick Clark was a pioneer, entrepreneur, showman, icon, legend. The first to truly integrate music and TV. We will march on with his vision.”
-Ryan Seacrest
Today Dion & The Belmonts performed ‘I Wonder Why’ on American Bandstand.
…And I’ll give that one a ’99’- Great music, great beat to dance to!

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Dick Clark tributes planned on

‘American Idol,’ Game Show

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Dick ClarkDick Clark’s death Wednesday is prompting near-instantaneous tributes from two television venues where his influence was strongly felt: “American Idol” and the Game Show Network.”Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, Clark’s heir apparent, who co-hosted the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials for the past few years, announced on Twitter on Thursday that the upcoming “Idol” show would contain a tribute to Clark.”We’re putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight…just talked to @dizzyfeet [“Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe],” Seacrest wrote.A visibly emotional Seacrest made brief mention of Clark’s passing on Wednesday night’s “Idol” by noting, “Without Dick, a show like this would not exist.”Meanwhile, some of Clark’s greatest nonmusical moments will be replayed over the weekend on Game Show Network, where original remembrances of the man also known as the host of “The $25,000 Pyramid” will be played during reruns of the game show on Friday at 3 a.m., 10 a.m. and during a 10-episode run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, two more episodes will air Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Clark began hosting the show, then called “The $10,000 Pyramid,” in 1973 on ABC. The title was changed to “The $20,000 Pyramid” in 1976. It was canceled in 1980 but returned in 1982 on CBS with a higher top prize, “The $25,000 Pyramid.” Clark hosted until 1988.

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Dick Clark: Chaperone to generations of music-loving teens

Dick Clark: From ‘American Bandstand’ to ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

 

Stars pay tribute to American TV

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Published April 18, 2012

FoxNews.com

In the wake of news that Dick Clark, 82, passed away on Wednesday, legions of stars and fans expressed their condolences and shared their fondest memories of the iconic American television personality.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life,” tweeted Ryan Seacrest, who worked closely with Clark for “New Years Rockin’ Eve.” “My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also prompt in expressing his gratitude toward Clark for making Times Square the prime destination to ring in the New Year.

“Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark’s New Years Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe,” he said in a statement. “I remember one New Years Eve, he and I stood in Times Square marveling about how much the area – and the City – had improved over the years. But Dick Clark never had to change – he was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers.”

Debbie Gibson, a former guest on “American Bandstand,” referred to Clark as a “gentleman,” and tweeted that things “won’t be the same without him.” Fellow bandstand alum Sheila E offered “prayers to (her) friend Dick Clark.”

“Dick Clark to sensor Sheila E’s wardrobe for American Bandstand. He told the network to let me do my thing… I loved him from that day!” she added.

Marie Osmond went on to tweet that “In 1974, my first time on BandStand, I thought Dick Clark was the most handsome man in show business,” and Joan Rivers tweeted: “Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!”

Janet Jackson also took to twitter to convey her thoughts and prayers.

“Dick Clark changed the face of musical television,” she wrote. “He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.”

Roseanne Barr tweeted a “RIP,” adding “he was always nice to me,” famed baseball player and manager Tommy Lasorda noted that he was “always a gentleman” on the occasions they met, Blake Shelton tweeted: “so proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man,” while Scott Baio tweeted that he “had the pleasure of meeting him. What a huge loss.”

And according to Larry King, Clark was a man of many talents.

“Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better,” he tweeted. “It was a pleasure to be in his company.”

A slew of stars also credited Clark for inspiring themto pursue careers in entertainment and praised him for his vast contributions to show business.

“REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir,” said rapper Snoop Dogg, as Loni Love thanked him “for helping black artists to get the exposure they needed so we could ALL enjoy their music!”

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, stated that “Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career.”

“Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment,” Portnow continued. “He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”

Others remembered Clark for more than just his youthful love of music and fanfare.

“You may remember Dick Clark as the world’s oldest living teenager,” wrote Danny Bonaduce. “I’ll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest – he was 74.”

Dick Clark, New Years Eve, American Bandstand and even Ryan Seacrest all became top trending topics on Twitter as news of his death circulated, with hundreds of thousands of fans joining celebrities in sharing their favorite Clark-related moments. But for some, the most fitting way to pay tribute was by retweeting one of his most memorable quotes.

“If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully,” thousands tweeted on Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/04/18/stars-pay-tribute-to-american-tv-icon-dick-clark/#ixzz1sX0qL3ks

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