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."
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
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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
May 3, 2014 Update on Mom
It's been a few days and we were hoping we would now be able to write a more encouraging update.
The last two days have been big days. Moms lungs had continued to clear, kidneys slowly improving and less demand on oxygen. Yesterday she got the go ahead to be un intubated.
She worked very hard to maintain her breathing using various techniques but her body was just working too hard. So this morning, they re-intubated her. They will do a bronc and try to drain fluid from her lung. All of this is in prep now for the tracheotomy, which will happen tomorrow morning. We were able to have short (one word response) chats with mom yesterday. She was aware that she was being re-intubated (she asked for the help and had been since last night).
The Doc said this will help get her the needed O2 - relieve strain on heart - stabilize her and promote the needed healing. He guessed it would be at least a few weeks until (if and when) the trach could come out. Ultimately, still just a wait, see and pray situation.
We all were thinking and hoping that she was strong enough to manage without all of this. The transplant team is doing what they all agree is obviously best and we believe in and trust them.
In the meantime, Tommy will be joining us Monday and I will be taking a short break in Tucson after her tracheotomy procedure. Jeff is here as well and will over lap with Tommy.
We are fortunate that we have grama's house in Mesa to base out of. A very familiar place that has a feeling of home for all of us.
Jenny and all the Velline's
April 25, 2014 Phoenix Bound!
Just got word a bed has opened up at St Joseph's in Phoenix, ICU lung transplant program!! Waiting for there helicopter to come get mom. Thank you for your prayers. We have a road ahead of us and this news brings us more hope.
April 24, 2014
Not the best news to deliver here today.
Here’s the short story:
Mom fell suddenly very ill late Tuesday night and we had her transferred by ambulance to the Oro Valley Hospital early Wednesday morning as symptoms persisted. The doctors determined that she had come down with an infection that has resulted in pneumonia, a very dangerous situation for anyone much less a transplant patient as most of you know.
The day was spent getting her stable and there was some slight improvement last night. On the recommendation of the team at Duke, the short term goal is to get her a bit more stable for travel, and to move her to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix where there is a lung transplant team.
We will keep you posted. Please say some prayers.
With love & gratitude~
Jeff, Jenny & Bob
April 12, 2014 Take good care of my baby: Bobby Vee and his wife celebrate 50 years
February 1, 2014 Send Bobby Vee a note of congrats and support
I would encourage everyone to send Bobby Vee an e-Mail note of congrats and support, for the new CD "The Adobe Sessions" and his 55th Anniversary of Bobby's first show (2/3/59). Please e-Mail Bobby at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 31, 2014 Bobby Vee covers Bob Dylan on new album, The Adobe Sessions
On February 3, Vee is set to release a new collection of original and cover songs that he recorded with his family in his garage in Tucson, Arizona, called The Adobe Sessions. The 18-song collection will feature some original material along with some covers of artists who have influenced Vee. blogs.citypages.com Read More
January 31, 2014 '60s pop star Bobby Vee, battling Alzheimer's, returns with new CD, 'The Adobe Sessions'
ST. Joseph, Minn. — Bobby Vee still has the infectious smile, bright eyes and boyish good looks of his 1960s pop idol days, when he scored such hits as "Take Good Care of My Baby," ''Rubber Ball" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. StarTribune.com. Read More
January 12, 2014 Happy New Year
My mom has asked me to send a Happy New Year greeting and send her thanks for all the wonderful Christmas cards, notes and continued support. She enjoyed reading each and every one of them as she was resting and healing. She did "not have time to send cards this year and hopes you all had a joyous holiday!"
My mom is recovering very nicely from her hip replacement. (I'm not sure most of you new but the "water" she fell in ended up being some pretty harsh chemical cleaners.) Since her fall, she has been working with a wound doctor dealing with 5 chemical burns, a couple that did get infected as well. Jeff said that when he brought her into the first wound doctor appointment she was referred to as "a wound doctors dream"... not the title you want to earn!! Her hip surgery recovery has been a breeze but the chemical burns have been extremely painful and have taken all her attention. She is now down to only two chemical burns and they are clearing up nicely. ~Thanks Pat for your diligence and care managing these appointments and dressing changes. Dr Palmer at Duke said this past Monday: "we must have a great team to get her back on her feet so quickly. He's not so sure she could have survived all this not that long ago."
Our Duke appointment last Monday went the best yet, mom giggled most of the way through it as she felt so good and is clearly aware of the miracle that she has been given. The best news is we were in and out and back to Minnesota with no health surprises! Her tests were good and Duke overall was very pleased. She is now on a six month check up schedule and will be able to work with doctors in St Cloud or Tucson for anything in between. Dr Palmer did say that after following her history, since her last visit, he did not expect to see her in nearly the shape that she was in and feels that she is overall on an upward trajectory.
2014 is starting out in the right direction and we all have so much to be thankful for and I think mom is now for the first time feeling like she has been granted a bit of freedom to spread her wings and not be quite so tethered to a her amazing medical teams. Mom and Dad are wrapping up a few of life's details and are planning on returning to Tucson very soon for some sunshine, continued rest, healing and enjoying the new home they finished just a few months before they left for her transplant.
Blessings to you all in 2014! Our hope is that you don't hear from us in this format for sometime now ! :-)
Jen and all the Vellines
December 4, 2013 Transistioning
I know people have been asking, so I wanted to let everyone know mom is doing very well! She had her hip replacement Thanksgiving evening and it went great!! She was in tremendous hands at the St Cloud Hospital. On Monday she transitioned to the St Benedict's Senior Community. She is in the SHORT STAY NORTH area. "Short Stay" was the only part she liked about that idea!! She is enjoying everyone she is working with at Short Stay.
She is doing great working with PT twice a day and OT once a day. She has some goals to meet but we are thinking she will be there 7-10 days. So coming home next week sometime.
Thanks again for all your support, visits and sweet messages. Mom has her ipad and keeps in touch with all of our notes.