1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility

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A popular 1960s pop idol has died.

A family member tells KSTP.com that Bobby Vee died at the age of 73. He had been staying at the Wellstead of Rogers and Diamondcrest, which is a memory care facility in the city of Rogers, Minnesota.

Vee launched his music career with the Minneapolis-based Soma Records-recorded song “Suzie Baby.” After that hit, he went on to produce 38 top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, accumulating seven Gold Records.

Here are some of Bobby Vee’s top hits, according to Billboard.com:

  • Take Good Care of My Baby: Sept. 23, 1961
  • Run to Him: Dec. 30, 1961
  • The Night Has a Thousand Eyes: Feb. 2, 1963
  • Rubber Ball: Jan. 14, 1961
  • Devil or Angel: Oct. 22, 1960
  • Charms: May 11, 1963
  • Sharing You: July 7, 1962
  • Please Don’t Ask About Barbara: April 7, 1962
  • Punish Her: Oct. 13, 1962
  • Stayin’ In: March 18, 1961

In 2011, Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and retired from performing.

Vee’s son, Robby Vee is also a recording artist. In 2015, he started the Blue Moon Blue project, with proceeds from the single “Blue Moon Blue” going to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Robby Vee said the organization focuses on the “care” side of the battle.

“Though I wish and hope for a cure, my Alzheimer's experience is about the care – how to get the best care for someone you love and how to understand how to care for this person and recognize the disease and the person as separate, as well as understanding the progression,” Robby Vee said in a previous KSTP.com interview.

Back in March, Robby Vee said his father still recognized family members and hummed along to some of his favorite songs, but his condition required around-the-clock care.

“AFA has given me a great community to plug into and also a place to give back with my artist abilities to reach out to others who are going through the Alzheimer’s experience with their loved ones," Robby Vee said.