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
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
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
Great story in The Minneapolis StarTribune. Really nice with current pictures I think friends & fans will enjoy. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/254818271.html
April 11, 2014 Rock and Roll 101 on KQCK
KQCK Radio show from Feb. 2, 2014 - The Day The Music Died. The interview with Bobby Vee is from the 2006 documentary Fargo Rocks.
The Day The Music Died – February 2, 2014 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45858913#/recorded/43399042
April 9. 2014 Bobby Vee – The Adobe Sessions
Tri-Valley Dispatch Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - New CD just lastest part of a long road rock 'n' roll legend, family walk together. This is a good one! READ MORE
April 9, 2014 Article by Jeff Vee about Bobby and his family