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October 24, 2016 Family treasures Vee's legacy of joy

St. Cloud Times story on Bobby Vee's legacy of joy. READ MORE


October 24, 2016 1960s pop singer Bobby Vee dies at age 73 after Alzheimer's battle

"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


October 3, 2016 'Teen Idol' at St. Paul's History Theatre fits to a Vee

It sounds like a plot for a movie - or a play. After a plane crach kills a bunch of big stars on their way to a concert, an unknown gets the chance to fill in, and that starts him on his way to stardom. READ MORE


July 20, 2016 Take the time today to cherish Bobby Vee's music 

St. Cloud Times has a great story about Booby - Have you listened to any Bobby Vee music lately? I have. Granted, I don't own a ton of Vee's albums, but I've got a compilation of his best stuff and a ... READ MORE


March 11, 2016 Bobby Vee's 1965 Ford Mustang to be Displayed at Twin Cities Auto Show

A 1965 Ford Mustang belonging to a popular 1960s rock-and-roll idol will be featured at the Twin Cities Auto Show this weekend in Minneapolis – all for a good cause.

Read more: http://kstp.com/news/bobby-vee-1965-ford-mustang-twin-cities-auto-show/4071646/


January 14, 2016 Bobby Vee interview from 2005 in Northampton

You can now listen to a great Bobby Vee interview by John Hannam at John Hannam Meets. I hope you enjoy.


October 6, 2015 Singer Billy Joe Royal Has Died Aged 73

According to NBC's Nashville affiliate WSMV.com, Billy Joe Royal unexpectedly died in his sleep at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Billy Joe Royal was an American Pop and Country singer. Born in Valdosta, Georgia, and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Royal became a local star at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the 1965 US Top 10 pop hit "Down in the Boondocks", which, along with the singles "I Knew You When" and "Hush", were written and produced by Joe South. His 1969 single, "Cherry Hill Park", peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Burned Like a Rocket" is a song written by Gary Burr, and recorded by Billy Joe Royal. It was released in October 1985 as the first single from the album Looking Ahead. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was Royal's first Top 10 hit on that chart, and his first charting single overall since 1978.

Royal was honoured by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1988, meaning he now sits alongside stars like Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Reading and James Brown.

Two years ago, Royal had a role in the 2013 film "Billy the Kid."

Funeral arrangements for the star are pending.


September 25, 2015 If I Needed You

Great article about Bobby from Adam Gerace at adamgerace.com.

"I’ve loved Bobby Vee’s music for as long as I can remember. If I had written that opening sentence without the word “music”, and maybe referred to his dreamy hazel eyes, it could just as likely have appeared in an article from 16 or Teen Screen in 1961 when Bobby was firmly in teen idol territory. What started for me as an affinity with his early ‘60’s songs like “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Rubber Ball”, both mainstays on Saturday Night Jukebox-type radio shows when I was a kid in the ‘80s-‘90s, grew over the years and he is probably my favourite male singer who started a career at that time. I emphasise started because while he may be best known for the almost 40 Billboard Hot 100 chart hits that he had from 1959-1970, he never really stopped recording and performing. Along the way, Bobby became a legend."

Here is the link http://www.adamgerace.com/2015/09/25/if-i-needed-you/


August 4, 2015 Peace.

By Jenny Vee

Dearest Family & Friends:
Our Mother passed away very peacefully at 11:58pm, Monday night, August 3rd. We thank you all so much for your heartfelt words of love and support.

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don’t have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master’s hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand
Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/every-grain-sand#ixzz3hrBhVHau

Love and Peace,
The Velline Family


August 1, 2015 Acceptance

By Jenny Vee
Greetings Family and Friends:

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you that our mother has made the decision to enter hospice. She has fought a long and hard battle with a strength and bravery that is inspiring to us all. As our mother enters her final days, she would like to thank you all for your prayers. She asked us all to let you know that she feels those prayers as she transitions to this next stage of her journey. You have all helped her to achieve the acceptance that she needs to find peace with her decision.

Please send us any thoughts or prayers that you have for her. We would love to share them with her over her final days.

At present, Mom is comfortable & at peace. She has had time to be with us all and share memories, gratitude and love... We are focusing on the many gifts & blessings while working thru sadness.

With Gratitude

Bob, Jeff, Tommy, Robby, Jenny Velline and families.


July 16, 2015 Bobby Vee at home

Bobby and a friend relax at home watching his friend Fabian in North To Alaska on TV.


July 14, 2015 David Somerville Original lead singer of The Diamonds, 81, dies

David and Bobby have worked togerther many times over the past 50 plus years. The Diamonds biggest hits were "Little Darlin" and "The Stroll. READ MORE

"In memory of a great friend, true gentleman and class act, you will always be in our hearts and a part of our fondest memories.

Love & sympathies to Denise, Landon, Kate & all of the Sommerville family."

The Vees


February 7, 2015 Crickets bass player Joe B. Mauldin, 74, dies

Joe B. Mauldin, bass player for rock and roll pioneers The Crickets, passed away Saturday morning in Nashville, his adopted hometown of more than 30 years, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. READ MORE.


February 3, 2015 Project brings Bobby Vee archive into digital age

ST. JOSEPH – More than a half century after Bobby Vee launched his music career, his sons are working to make sure the legacy survives the march of time. READ MORE.


December 28, 2014 One of Bennett's bands

A drum demo and interview that Bennett did last week.  There is also a story on One of Bennett's bands in the St. Cloud times The Graduates juggle rock, gigs — and high school


October 31, 2014 Martha S. (Tembrock) Bergen died at 99

… On Halloween evening Martha S. (Tembrock) Bergen left this earth and soared to meet her husband, Leroy, who had preceded her in death by 7 years. She was 99 years old. She died as she lived: on her own terms, in her own house surrounded by her family and friends.
Martha was born in Ogema, MN. in the summer of 1915, August 28. She was one of the seven children of Joe and Frances Tembrock. She was proud to be the daughter of the first banker in the town. After graduating from Waubun high school, she left her beloved Ogema to attend St. Benedict's College in St. Joseph, MN. Returning to Ogema, she met Leroy, a handsome, free spirited pilot who landed his small plane on the pond near her house and swept her off her feet. They were married in 1938 and settled on Willow St. in Detroit Lakes, MN. where she handled the book keeping aspects of the Bergen's Greenhouse, which Leroy had recently started with his brother Lawrence.  
As the greenhouse expanded so did their family, not stopping until she gave birth to 13 children. After that she kept busy raising her children, providing the 3 O'clock coffee and cakes for the greenhouse work crew, attending her bridge club and participating in the spiritual and social life of Holy Rosary Church. Martha possessed an irrepressibly positive spirit about life. Negative clouds occasionally passed her way, but none dared settle over her head. She was extremely sociable and welcoming to all who crossed her path. Her and Leroy knew how to throw a good party; a trait they have passed down through the lineage along with working hard and sticking with a job till it is finished.  In her later years her spirit was constantly nourished through her interactions with her children, as well as her Grandchildren, Great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Many of who gathered around to say their good byes in her last days.  Her parting was swift and graceful, almost as if she planned it. In one week she traveled from social butterfly visiting others, to her death. She was a woman of determination. Once she set her mind on meeting her maker and those who had preceded her, she set out on her final journey. 
She will be missed and toasted for years to come by her surviving children: Robert and his wife Cookie of Detroit Lakes, Raymond "Butch" and his wife Akama of Woodstock N.Y., Karen and her husband Robert Velline of Cold Spring, MN. Joanne Lane of St. Cloud, MN., Rick and his wife Sue of Maple Grove MN., Mike and his wife Patty of Salt Lake City UT., Patty and her husband Mitch Vogt of Detroit Lakes, Mary and her husband Marty Solmon of Detroit Lakes, Steve of Detroit Lakes, Joe and his wife Kelli of Cold Spring MN., as well as her 35 grandchildren, 46 Great Grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her husband Leroy; sons, Ronald and James; daughter, Monica; grandson, Gabriel Solmon; great-grandson, Steven Selezan; and son-in-Law, Don Lane. Also preceding her are all her siblings: Alvina, Sadie, Angeline, Monica, Marcella and Raymond.
- See more at: Martha Bergen Obituary, Detroit Lakes, MN | David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

 

 

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October 5, 2014 Paul Revere, '60s rocker and leader of the Raiders, dies at 76

Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday at his home in Idaho, the band's website reported. He was 76. READ MORE

From the mid 1960s Bobby Vee and Paul Revere and The Raiders have been friends and shared the stage.

Paul was a dear, dear friend and one of the true "good guys" in this business.  We shared many stages over many years - on land and sea!  In 2006 we opened the "Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater" in Branson along with our buddies Fabian & Bill Medley.  Those were truly amazing times - rocking and rolling night after night!  He will be greatly missed by many.  

Paul: thanks for the incredible music and especially thanks for the laughs.  Love you more than we can say… 

Our love and sympathies go out to beautiful Sydney, and to all of the guys and their families. 

Bobby & all of The Vees~



August 23, 2014 Vee family pulls together

ST. JOSEPH – When times are tough — and for Bobby and Karen Velline and their extended family, they've never been tougher — it can be a challenge to respond in a positive, constructive way.

Alzheimer's is tough. Bobby Vee, the 1960s music icon and Hit Parade Hall of Famer who lives on Big Watab Lake, publicly revealed his struggle with the disease three years ago.

A lung transplant is tough. Karen, Bobby's wife since 1963, had hers two years ago and is still trying to regain her health. READ MORE


June 19, 2014 Gerry Goffin, Songwriter and Carole King's Ex-Husband, Dead at 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby"with his ex-wife Carole King, has died in his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 75.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gerry-goffin-songwriter-and-carole-kings-ex-husband-dead-at-75-20140619#ixzz35B6ZSzzC


May 28, 2014 In Rehab!

Hello our friends and family, An exciting update on our mom.

Recovery is a day at a time. Mom continues to amaze and work her hardest to recover.

Her will amazes not just me and our family but the St Joseph staff (not to mention Duke who connects weekly). I was told over the holiday weekend by her multiple nurses, she's the only patient who asks when PT (early rehab) will show up?! And besides her weakness, she's fights back pain and whatever else you fight after being sedated and on life support that long to do her PT. She knows her requirements and she doesn't try to cheat, even in expectable ways! Her will amazes...

Mom had a very hard day yesterday, a stomach like flu, all day. Yet today, she woke up ready to go! And that's what happened!! She went...

Tonight, she was moved and downgraded to rehab. She will now start with 3 hours a day of physically therapy at the hospital gym as an inpatient and we will take baby steps towards Tucson and then home to Minnesota. If all goes well, we hope a 4-6 week process.

For the past two weeks, mom has been on nothing but her regular transplant meds. She's needed time to stabilize and find strength. She has welcomed and put to work all smarts and miracles the medical work can offer and kept going. Which is huge, she's had a huge part to do too!!!

Wether "prayer", "thoughts", "good vibes" and always "love"... It all works!!... When someone we love is ill, we come together. As a community, that is powerful to the process. As a family, we thank you!! Recovery is powerful in every form.

Prayers, peace, good vibes, thoughts and love to all of you (and more)!!
Jen and V family

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