Remembering The Great Bobby Vee

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 Saluting the great BOBBY VEE (birthdate April 30), who’s career began on ‘the day the music died’ Feb.3,1959, as he filled in for Buddy Holly, in his hometown of Fargo ND. Bobby placed 37 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 during his career in the 1960s, (among them, “Rubber Ball,” “Devil Or Angel,” “Come Back When You Grow Up”) In 1988 and 1990, I was honored to emcee Bobby on a few oldies concerts, presented by Fraternal Order Of Police, and he actually invited me on stage, to share a lead vocal on his 1963 hit “The Night Has 1,000 Eyes.” Bobby passed on at age 73, on October 24, 2016, following a lengthy bout with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Listen to Eddie and Bobby singing together live on “The Night Has 1000 Eyes.”

Also, remembering LINK WRAY of Dunn, North Carolina, one of rock’s most influential guitarists of all time who left us on November 5, 2005, would have celebrated b-day number 92 this week, on May 2. Kicking off in 1958 with his immortal signature tune “Rumble,” on Cadence Records, Link set the tone for other classic’s “Raw-hide”( fave!) “Jack The Ripper,” “The Shadow Knows,’ & more. In 1964, I received my first record of Link Wray & The Raymen “Deuces Wild,” on Swan Records and I was hooked by the Link Wray sound!