Greetings Family, Friends and Fans~

28 Apr

It’s been a while since I have been away and high time I share with you my story as it unfolds these days.  I’ve got good news and bad news… first the bad news… here it goes:

As my buddy Fabian says, getting old is not for the meek.  I think he may be right.  A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with the mild stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core.  Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music.  It has been a time to reflect and to just be.  To create memories for my grandchildren and to celebrate life’s goodness.  To throw baseballs and catch fish.  To be the audience.  

As many of you may know my beautiful wife of 48 years, Karen, is also dealing with serious health issues as we await a lung transplant for her at Duke University in Durham, NC.  Together and with our amazing family we treasure each moment, and we hope and pray for the best outcomes…

Now for the good news:  Shortly after this all came down, I hopped into an RV with my family and we embarked on a little odyssey from Minnesota to Tucson, AZ.  Together we explored the depths of our reality… the depths of my reality.  With very few words, no solutions and a lot of heart, we did what we do.  We shared time.  We shared laughter, tears, stories, meals and music.  We shared thousands of miles of hi-way as familiar to us as the pillows on our beds.  As if nothing had changed, as if everything had changed… simultaneously. 

This past year has truly been life taking its own course without words that can describe the mystery and conflict that none of us can know.  So without a song or a script I am stepping onto a stage that we all share: The mystery of life.

While in Tucson we set up some amps and drums in the garage of our newly built hacienda and made some music.  Along the way we flipped on the tape recorder and created a little something special, something sure to last.  We just did what we have always done, only this time there was no stage.  There were no spotlights and no audience.  We made music every day for a week… just for us.  For the joy of making music.  For the joy of being together.  For all of the reasons I ever picked up a guitar or sang a tune in a Fargo, ND garage back in ’59.  I have truly come full circle!  We played songs I grew up with, songs the kids grew up with, songs we wrote, songs that had meaning and memories for us all.  No agenda, no set list, no tickets to sell…  This was all we have ever done, and all we could do. So we did it. 

The video on this website is a preview of the music we intend to share with you all soon.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for every musical moment we’ve shared.  It has truly been a magical odyssey.  We have been blessed… and the road goes on.  I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you again down the line~

Peace & love,
Bobby & Family~


351 Responses to “Greetings Family, Friends and Fans~”

  1. bobbyveeblog April 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    For several years now we have had the privilege of working with Bobby Vee and his sons on many occasions. They have always been a class act and without question one of the most professional groups we ever met. But much more than that, we have been honored to become friends with this amazing family. Bob and Karen should be on the poster for “how to create a family.” They raised 3 sons and a daughter that anyone would be proud to have.

    Karen has faced serious health problems for a number of years and as they progressed and worsened, Karen met each new challenge with the grace and dignity that we all hope we will have.

    And now, our loved and cherished friend, Bobby Vee is facing his own challenge. I know that the support he will receive from all of us who love him will help provide the strength he will need to greet each day and treasure each moment as he has done in the past.

    His current video on the website is “If I Needed You.” Bobby, there are many of us willing to do whatever it takes to let you know you are loved.

    Bill and Brenda Woods

    • AL VANDETTI (BIG AL) May 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      HI BOBBY,

      • Michael Johnson May 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

        Hey Bobby,
        I’ve got a similar story to Big Al’s. I saw you in Denver many years ago at a place called Mammoth Gardens, a skating rink. The girls were jumping up and down and I said ‘That’s what I want to do!”. Music is all I’ve ever done. I got lucky with some songs, “Bluer Than Blue” being one of them. I’ve thanked you many times over the years and I thank you again now my friend! The Adobe Sessions is beautiful.
        Love and best wishes to you and all of yours,
        Michael Johnson

      • Aldo Diotalevi May 26, 2014 at 7:07 am #

        May the good lord bless and keep you. Your christian attitude is very inspiring. As we age,we grow stronger with the lord. God bless you,(BOBBY and your family). Walking with the lord,takes a heavy load off our backs. Keep up the good attitude.                     God bless you,                      Your friend ALDO.

      • Aldo Diotalevi (Big AL) February 10, 2016 at 7:50 am #

        God bless you and your wife. What a great caring God we have. May your faith sustain you both. I am now celebrating my 74th. birthday. Thank you lord. All praise to God.

    • Dennis J. Ripa May 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm #


      You & your family are in my prayers. My Dad had Alzheimer’s so I’ve got an idea of what you’re going through. I’ve been a fan for 52 years and your music is still in my head. I’m a karaoke nut and did “Take Good Care Of My Baby” 3 weeks ago & this weekend I’m doing “Rubber Ball” & “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” .

      God bless You & Your Family

      Dennis J.Ripa
      Medford, NY

    • Margaret Plant September 12, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Bobby Lee Lewis – never heard of him.

      • Gary Weber September 12, 2013 at 7:49 am #

        Bobby and “The ” or My Boys as Bobby used say in the shows..(his Sons) His Wife and Daughter of some of the FINEST and Truly Nicest People I have ever Met. My only regret is we worked so hard to get him into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in Cleveland.
        Hes is the regional Halls and those Folks who elected him agreed he should be in Cleveland,, I keep sending letters every year, Telling the Hall Election Committee- “look at all those signatures on that Petition we delivered”…When ever I see the Vee’s or Robbie perform I see that great Bobby Vee talent and their Parents great personalities and Handsome Looks.. The Quality of Person in the Music and Entertainment Industry that Booby and his Boys are… aver very few, at the High Level they are at ..Forever great full to know them and count them as friends. Gary Weber Detroit Lakes MN oldies radio Guy always..

      • Margaret Plant September 12, 2013 at 8:03 am #

        Gary, I cannot understand why Bobby hasn’t been given some sort of award in the music business in the USA. Had he lived here in Great Britain it would be different.

    • Sandi Davidow February 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      Bobby your video and family are beautiful. Can’t wait for the album to hear it all. I understand about the Alzheimer. My mother had it. and now I take care of my mother in-law with dementia and my husband has the starting of it. We are only in our 60’s. God Bless You and Your Family
      Very Warm Hugs and Lots Of Love Goes Out To You All

    • Linda Grillo April 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Wishing you & your family the very best! I grew up listening to your great music… favorite songs of all time! I was very lucky to catch one of your shows @ the Duck Clark theater in Branson!! I still treasure my t-shirt signed by you, Bobby!! You are the best!!!

    • gary g weber May 1, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Bobby is in the top 5 of most love Artists. Having been in Broadcasting for longer than AM radio, (just ask my kids) Your Fans Love you, fellow Musicians love you, Simply one of the Nice People in the whole world and You are Number one in all the places you perform and entertained. Always giving more. Taking care of your Band and Fans and always the Humble Man. God Bless, Happy Birthday and a zillion more. May your and your family have a most wonderful year and more and more. I really
      miss your shows and seeing how you reached and connected with the audience. “Bouncy Ball you can hear it sang a thousand times’, and every time the audience reacted like the first just happy like the song and appreciated the fun they were having at a Bobby Vee concert.
      gary g weber in Detroit Lakes Keep ROCKING

    • Alex Frazier July 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      But Bob all these people who are saying poor you, for all they know, may also have a problem or two, they’re just not ” aware ” of. You .Celebrities who have the money, just get quicker diagnosis is all. One thing is certain, we’re ” all ” aging, so we’re all right alongside of you as always Bob. When it comes to you, it’s still the 60’s to me and unlike what happen with Ricky Nelson, I’ll gladly go to ” your ” GARDEN PARTY.
      Alex Frazier

    • Alex Frazier July 21, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Love that Bob,
      If you, from some of my writings, know anything about me, then you know that after viewing your new adobe video, that I have a favorlte that video and I’m not telling. Here’s a hint though……sometimes the Vee can be a real ” STINKER ” and I have a fetish.
      Love that Bob
      Alex Frazier

    • Wayne Somerville October 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      EDTA– offers Circulation with 800 mg of EDTA, also vitamins C, D, E, B vitamins plus a proprietary blend of herbs. Or you could try EDTA from I am still hearing the songs of Bobby Vee on two channels with DirecTV.

    • Rick Gibbs December 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

      Have been a life long Canadian fan Bobby…..nice to see that you are one of the very few pop stars from your era that didn’t burn them self out on drugs & alcohol,and have a reputation for being a super person.
      Along with many other of my fellow country men,music fans all, we wish you and your family the best.

      Rick Gibbs
      Toronto, Canada

    • Eleanor Geraghty May 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Bobby,
      First of all God bless you and your wife,
      I will pray for you.
      My best friend and I saw you, at the Cavendish Club, in Blackburn, England. This must have been around 50 years ago, you have always been special to us, as we sat on the front row, and you sang to us, we love your music, thank you so much for it all.
      Love and very best wishes.
      Eleanor x

    • Anne Marie October 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

      So Sorry to hear of Bobby Vees passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, Thank you BobbyVee. your music will live forever!

      Anne Marie
      Vancouver. Canada

      • Colleen S. Lee October 25, 2016 at 4:27 am #

        Would also like to express my deepest condolences to his beloved family. The life given to us by nature is short, but the memories of a well spent life such as Bobby’s, is eternal…..He’ll live in our hearts.

        Peace and love

  2. Diana Wacker April 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Bobby & Family, It has been a pleasure to know you for many years, not just through your wonderful music, but as friends. My best wishes as you journey through life. As always, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  3. julie maloney April 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    dear bobby, you were my idol for so many yrs and it saddens me to think of your health issues. please know my prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  4. donna April 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I met you at Dick clarks,branson,mo….I was ble to talk with you,bill medley,Chris montez,,it was wonderful to talk with everybody,you especially enjoyed talking about your family,…i was born in 62,,,I’m a little younger.,,of course the music was magical..the nite is forever a favorite memory,,thanks so much for sharing ….donna from Chicago

  5. Billy Hallquist April 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I am sad to hear this news. But, I take considerable comfort in knowing what a joyous, successful, full career/life you’ve had and will continue to have. During my time in “the business”, I met and spent time with numerous “celebrities”. I can honestly say you were/are one of the finest, kindest, most genuine individuals I spent time with. One of the highlights of my K-tel years was the conversation we had en route to a WCCO radio interview (in the midst of a huge blizzard) that led to the release of “Bobby Vee and The Shadows – The Early Years” which included my (still) all-time favorite “Suzie Baby”. I hope our paths cross again soon. My best to you and yours.

  6. miatessa April 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I forgot to mention dad says hello,also says his memories of you,Karen and your family,,your music had enlighten, his life,,retired cpd…bob

  7. Joy Fee April 30, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    Bobby and Family….My husband, Don and I had the wonderful priviledge of meeting and visiting with you on several of the “Oldies” cruises and will always treasure those moments. You will be in our prayers as you face difficult days ahead. You have blessed many people with your music over the years, and your family has been a great example of love and commitment. God bless you and comfort you all! Joy & Don Fee Boise, Idaho fans/friends

  8. Jim Southern April 30, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Bobby, saw you in person twice. The first time was in 1962 in Japan where you and The Ventures appeared at Tachikawa AFB entertaining the troops. The second time was in Salt Lake City in the mid 60’s. As an old radio DJ, I played many of your songs on my radio shows in the ’60s and always looked forward to your new records showing up. I must also mention that my buddies and I listened avidly in the summer of ’59 when KDEO in San Diego ran the big promotion centered on “Suzie Baby”.

    I’ve enjoyed too many of your recordings to list, so I am especially impressed by total quality of your recordings. I will say that your “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2” has most of my personal favorites.

    Thank you for the music and so many wonderful memories. You and your wife are in my prayers. God bless you always.

    Jim Southern___KMOR & KNAK, Salt Lake City; KXLF, Butte, MT & KTEO, San Angelo, TX.

    • Bobby Vee May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Hey Jim-

      I still have the chart that shows ‘Suzie Baby’ #1 in San diego… KDEO! Thanks you for that and for the memory.


  9. Howard Olson April 30, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    from the time you signed my :Bobby Vee meets The Crickets LP in alaska Mary & I have enjoyed you music and seeing you from Clear Lake, Lubbock, Clovis, Las Vegas, NV , Laughlin, NV-your music and friendship have stayed with us. I lost Mary 11 months ago to lung cancer, besides being my wife she was my best friend. I hope things work out for the best with your self and your wife and all your family. I stoped by St.Joseph in July 2011 when I had a service for Mary in her home town of Littlefork, Mn. but missed you by a day or two. here’s wishing you all the best in life as you & your wife enjoy being retired.God Bless you Bobby, Thanks for the music and your friendship–Howard Olson

  10. MN Mike Chase April 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    As a performer, you’ve been renowned worldwide. As a gentle, caring human being–I’ve known no one more approachable and sincere. As a tribute to your success, one only need reflect on your family–your children are a testimonial to that and more. I’ve witnessed your fondness for your fans–you’ll stay until the last autograph is signed, and not in a haphazard fashion. You’ve contributed your time and presence during several MN Music Specials on KOWZ-FM, Owatonna–those are special times that I will always cherish.
    We will keep you and your family in our prayers as you bravely face the uncertainty of these medical challenges.

    Peace and blessings to you!

    MN Mike Chase
    Producer of MN Music Specials

  11. Cindy Taylor April 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Dear Bobby, You were my teen idol and my favorite of all time. My husband has taken me 3 times to see you all in Washington State it was the high light of my life. My favorite song is More than I can say. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Love aways Cindy.

  12. Bobby Lee April 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear this about yourself and Karen. Besides being your agent for a short time I have been a fan since I 1st heard “Take Good Care Of My Baby”. I probably still know the entire lyrics to at least ten of your hits!
    Please remember that you have literly thousands of of fans that are pulling for you and Karen!
    Thanks for the memories.
    Bobby Lee

  13. Craig April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Like millions of teens I picked up on Bobby at “Devil Or Angel” and really got on the bandwagon with “Rubber Ball” blasting out of my Toshiba while delivering newspapers. Literally “Stayin’ In” and sneaking the Toshiba into my desk during summer school… I can still see the picture sleeve for “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara” peering out of the 45 rack in the grocery store. I bought all the singles and albums with paper route & lunch money, it was much more important than actually eating lunch. Without Bobby the world would have been much less bearable in those days after 11/22/63. “Charms”, “Punish Her”, a monster album with The Crickets… Then that killer single “I’ll Make You Mine” during the British Invasion. When I first met him at a car show in Decatur, Illinois, in the 80’s I was finally exposed to the truth – Bobby Vee the person is as nice and cheerful as Bobby Vee the recording artist and every bit as friendly as the smiling face on those teen ‘zines would suggest. I asked him to play “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara” at that car show, backed up by the greatest little rock ‘n roll band in the world – the Vees – and he not only added it to the set, he dedicated it to me! That night I saw him sign autographs and engage in friendly chatter hour after hour until literally there was nobody else in the room. Of course that was and has always been the norm with Bobby Vee. I grew up totally obsessed by music and educated in melody and lyrics by listening to Bobby and his friends in the music scene like Del Shannon & Gene Pitney. I wasn’t pretty enough to be Bobby Vee, but the Beatles gave kids like me a format to take that step forward. In 2004 my band was inducted into the Iowa Hall Of Fame, the same year as Bobby Vee, which knocked me out totally. I couldn’t help myself, I became a shaky teenager again and managed to re-meet Bobby & the band, still just as nice as ever. I was able to introduce my wife to one of my heroes and his “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing” has been a regular in our CD player ever since. I was able to repay some of the debt I owe to Bobby & his music by writing a review of that fabulous & personal singer/songwriter album for Goldmine magazine, and then to do a career-spanning interview with Bobby that became a 6-part, 6-issue feature, also in Goldmine. Then along with many others, I began bugging the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame for Bobby’s grossly overdue induction, still yet to happen. I hope that oversight is corrected while Bobby and family can still enjoy it. Make it happen. Most of all, thanks Bobby, you are a permanent part of the fabric of the lives of more people than even you have time to meet after the show, around the world. You’re the best.

  14. Jeffrey L Vollman April 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Everyday seems to bring more bad news to the rock and roll performers of our era. A true reality check as to our age. So many people grew up on this music, and your songs left a ledgendary impact on us. I can always remember where I was and what I was doing when I listen to Rubber ball, walking with my angel. My two favorites. Thank you for being you and sharing your talent all these years. We truly hope you the best. If a positive attitude is good medicine, you will be healthy for a long time to come.

    Jiffy Jeff

  15. Angela Durber April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Bobby, I want to thank you for all the wonderful memories I have of you and your family over the years, so many of them.
    You have always made time for us British fans which is why you have such a loyal following over here. I am proud to consider myself a friend of yours not just a fan. I’ve lost count how many concerts I’ve attended, each one so special. I’ll treasure the memories of your genuine warmth for ever.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Karen.
    P.S. Love the video!
    All my love, Angela (Durber)

  16. Juliana Howard April 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    “Seed of God, you are planted. Deep inside I feel you grow. See of God, source of beauty, like a daffodil in the snow.” I write this through tears…of sadness, love, and great gratitude. Thank you, Bobby, for believing in me and my music. You have a beautiful soul that will live on forever, regardless of that that monkey mind is doing. I hold you, Karen, and the family in the light at this time.

  17. Alan Cassaro April 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Bobby, When I was a kid around 14 years old, Buddy Holly died. I had never experienced anything like that in my family or with my friends. I was devastated, couldn’t even go to school that week. A few months later, you came out with SUZIE BABY, which got a lot of airplay up in massachusetts where I lived. It as such a great record, and it was such a loving tribute to the style of Buddy. Suddenly, I realised that the spirit of Buddy Holly wasn’t gone- you picked it up and breathed new life into it with your songs and band It gave me new hope. So, if you hadn’t ever accomplished any more than JUST that, it would have been enough. But you made lots of great music over the years. I saw you several times, I even have your autograph (I think from the Reno show you did for Dick Clark in about 1975). I got to be friends with you on your music board on AOL, and you’re just really a top notch stand up guy. It’s with great sorrow I discover that you and your wife have been hit with some serious health problems. I’m wishing you all the best, and sending out a batch of thank yous and good vibes for the many years that you’ve brought joy to me and probably every one else that ever heard your music. God speed. I’ll be pullin for you. Al

  18. Pamela Edmondson April 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Happy Birthday Bobby!
    When I see the date is April 30th I always immediateley think “It’s Bobby’s birthday”.
    Loved everything about you and your music since 1962 and have been pleased to see you in England.
    All the best,

  19. Mary & Marty Green April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    We love you always

    Marty Green
    Retired DJ
    Eau Claire Wisconsin
    1st played a Liberty release in the 60’s

  20. nhparry2288 April 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi, Bobby –

    I always loved your music (I’m a child of the 50’s).
    Sorry to hear about the health issues. Fabian is right – aging is not for the meek. I’m having some age-related health issues that just came up, too (cancer). We’re strong. We’ll get through this. All the best

  21. Jeanne Deering April 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I have loved you since I was a young girl…..and I am far from young now. I’m so sorry to hear about your health problem and those of Karen also. I know you will come through all this with courage and grace. I will always follow your career and your life as you were such a big influence on mine.
    Love to you from Texas,
    Jeanne King Deering

  22. Jeanne Deering April 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Oh and Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Bobby

  23. Bob Viebrock April 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi, Bobby

    I saw you perform back in the summer of 1963 at Reggie’s Danceland in Excelsior Park, Minnesota. Do you remember that performance? You were fabulous! I became a fan of yours right away in 1959 after the Buddy Holly tragedy. Having grown up in western Wisconsin just outside of the twin cities, it was regional news, and I recall that the music industry referred to you as the “Fargo Flash”. And having the name of Bob Viebrock and being a Bobby Vee fan my friends called me by the name of “Bobby V”. Wishing you and your family in the future the very best. And thank you so much for all the enjoyment you gave us teeny boppers back in the glorious days of “Rock & Roll”!

  24. Emma Barnett April 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I was born in 1952 but I have loved you since I could walk and dance. My heart goes out to you and Karen. Many prayers for your family to be strong during these hard times. You will always be an icon whether you remember it or not.

  25. Dave Rowe April 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm #


    Sorry to hear about your health issues………Myron (Lee) and I often talk about you and what a great career you had and what you did for him (Myron). You have to be loving Aizona, even though the health issues are a concern.

    Thanks for being my friend, over the years, being involved in “Make a Wish” with Bill Janklow and me . I wish you and Karen all the best in dealing with the health issues…..

    Thanks for the memories, along the way, (Jeff has my email…..feel free to drop my a note, anytime !)

    Dave Rowe (your South Dakota friend !)

  26. Sharon Krueger April 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Growing up would not have been the same without your music. My friends and I sang along and danced to your songs all through high school and beyond. Just the mention of your songs and the words just roll off my tongue…will never forget them. Happy Birthday! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Karen. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life and all your fans. I’m going to get out my music sheets from piano lesson days and play a couple. I know I have some of your songs. Thanks again, A fan forever from Wisconsin

  27. Bob Wachendorf April 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm #


    I’ve been proud to have been named after you by your friend/my dad (Myron Lee) ever since I started listening to your great album “Nothin’ Like A Sunny Day” when I was a kid. That album probably first introduced me to country rock, and I still have it today. I did some editing on the priceless 8mm home movies that my dad made when he was touring with you in the early 1960s. Every time you appeared in the films I always noted the obvious charisma and star quality you had, even when you were just relaxing and goofing off for Myron and the camera. It’s funny, but I saw your movie “C’mon, Let’s Live A Little” on TV when I was a kid, and although I only saw it once, I can still remember parts of it to this day.

    So, I just wanted to quickly share that with you and wish you, Karen and your family the best.

    Bobby V Wachendorf

  28. Onni and Maria April 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    As we are 2nd generation Bobby Vee fans, we have been so blessed to get to know Bobby Vee and his family over the years. We just were ten years old listening to the oldies radio station years ago and then “Take Good Care Of My Baby” was played. That sealed our fate! Meeting Bobby all those years ago at Ontario Place after his show was so special to us both! He was wearing a baseball hat! We are sad about Bobby’s condition. it is not fair. Today, it was hard to concentrate @ work as we thought of Bobby and Karen. Bobby, you will never leave our hearts. Thank you for all the wonderful memories your family and you have given us. You will always be the cutest Minnesotan we know! Ha! We can see Karen smiling right now!

    The twins,
    Onni and Maria

  29. Mari Bohman May 1, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    I met you many years ago in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I have loved your music ever since I first heard you sing…I have your albums. Now my children and grandchildren know and love your music as well. May God continue to bless you and your wife and your entire family. I agree, all of this is part of life. Thank you for so many memories. Mari

  30. Renee Harris May 1, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    Happy Birthday Bobby!!!!

    I just finished listening to the preview of the new CD. Just like every BV song, the BEST!!!! I would gladly swim across a sea, and swallow some gulps, to help bring good health to you and Karen. You have both been in my prayers.

    Just like so many others, my life changed when I met you. Your love of family made you shine. I tried so hard to not take up too much time in the greeting lines, but it didn’t matter…you were always kind and gracious to everyone. It didn’t take long to love you, Karen, and your family.

    Your story is the story of dreams. You have been my lesson plan countless times because everyone needs some Bobby Vee. You have been responsible for so many miracles; it is now time for some for you and Karen.

    There isn’t one of us groupies who wouldn’t jump in the car and be down in a flash to help you out.

    You and Karen will continue to be in my prayers, God bless you both, and love to both of you,


  31. Wanda Dutton May 1, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Happy Birthday Bobby!! You have touched so many lives and been such a wonderful example for all of us. God Bless you, Karen and your family as I keep you in my prayers. I look forward to hearing more from you and those talented boys!!
    Hugs and love,
    Wanda Dutton

    • miatessa May 1, 2012 at 2:30 am #

      Hi ….is this wanda dutton from branson,mo,,,this is donna from chgo,,,its such sad news about bobby and Karen,,such a beautiful couple,they have gifted us with so many memories….have a blessed night, donna

      • Wanda Dutton May 1, 2012 at 11:32 am #

        No…I live in Detroit Lakes, MN

  32. Don Larson May 1, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Dear Bob and Karen, I have no idea as to where to start this note that will turn into a letter. I think I could write a book with all the memories that I have enjoyed with you and your family. From our first meeting in 1979 in Denever at the car show it was friendship right from the start. Although we never met at the time it was 1959 that I first saw you as a teenager in Eau Claire,WI. Then we were together in so many places, Clear Lake and the “unfinished sentences”, Lubbock, TX, Vail, CO, Castle Rock, CO, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO and all the great shows that you did at those places. The skiing at Copper Mountain, CO with your whole family was a most wonderful time. Then you came to my house in Evergreen, CO and you were only going to stay a short time and after about four hours we still hadn’t said it all or looked at all the items in my museum.
    I never looked at you as a star, to me you were just my friend and if you never sang another song that’s the way I wanted it to be, just friends. You were always so down to earth and just so easy to be around. It’s a friendship that I’m proud to tell others who haven’t been so lucky to meet you. I am proud to tell others all about you and I always will. That’s the Bob that I will always remember forever and ever.
    I had heard about your condition before you ever wrote this letter. I prayed that it wasn’t true and I have thought so much about you almost everyday and I will continue to pray for both you and Karen and to keep you both in my thoughts daily.
    I wish you both only the best and I hope that we can stay in touch. You have given us so much with your music, it’s now our turn to give you all the support in the world. There is an army of friends and fans out there wishing you only the best.
    I am so proud to call you all my “friends”.
    Your friend always…..Don Larson
    PS…Happy Birthday Bob

  33. Ozzie May 1, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    BOBBY, WE can’t turn back the clock (although I wish we could at times), but we most certainly can turn on the CD recorder, where music of the early 60’s will ALWAYS resonate in my mind & in my heart. To say your songs where so vivid, memorable, and were parlayed into actual learning devices would be an understatement in itself. You were, You are, and you will continue to be an inspiration to countless numbers.
    God Bless, Ozzie

  34. jim wilson May 1, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Met you at Up North December concert. Been singin’ your songs since the beginning. Thanks for all you’ve done!

  35. Alice Kinsella Olson May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    We met when you were taking tickets at the Scrambler at the Red River Valley State Fair in Fargo in the summer of ’58. Mad crush! Imagine my surprise when, having gone to the Moorhead Armory that fateful February night to be with others to mourn the loss of some of the greats, I saw you standing in the back of the balcony before for the show began. You were nervous. I asked, “You’re going to perform? What do you do?” You replied, “Oh, I sing a little.” And, you’ve been singing ever since.

    I am sad to hear of your illness and Karen’s struggle and I wish you and your family all of the love, strength and music you will need in the days ahead. You have given pleasure to so many over the years. Now, take as much of it as you as you can get; you deserve it.

  36. Barbara Cissell May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Late Happy Birthday,Bob.My prayers for you and Karen.In 1962,I was privileged to hear you sing to me in my front row seat at Louisville,Ky.Please Don’t Ask About Barbara will be with me always,as I still have all my 45s.You have always been the epitome of manners,grace and style,a true role model for us all.

  37. Reed Satrom May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Bobby, I want to thank you for all the pleasant memories of great music. I remember going to a new years eve performance at Samsons in Fargo,ND in the 70’s. Listening to your music in my 60 Olds when in high school, you hold a special place in our hearts. You always conducted yourself as a gentleman and a great example of what we all should be. You will be inducted into ND hall of fame this week and I will be there. I live in DL, MN and remember your little cabin there, my wife is the middle school music teacher there(Dorothy) we know some of the Bergens (Cookie). I also know Bobby Korum, and Dick D. ( how did you put up with him,dick,ha) Well in closing thank you for the great memories, let me know if you received this. God Bless Reed

  38. Bea Brown LaRock May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I have known you since Emerson Smith Elementary days. That is a long time ago. I was so fortunate to live in Fargo at the time you were beginning your career. My friends and I danced to your music at the Crystal Ball Room on Friday night. I remember when you were courting Karen, and would come to Dahl Hall at MSU to pick her up. Dancing to your music in Detroit Lakes at the time of my 25th class reunion was also special. My husband and I attended a concert at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis a few years ago. It was great to hear you sing once again. It was also exciting to know that your boys were continuing the music tradition. I wish you and Karen much strength and comfort in the journey ahead. Please know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bea Brown LaRock

  39. Janie Fox May 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I want to thank you for all the hours of entertainment you provided in my teen years. I wore out several 45’s and at least one album. I am so sorry that you and your wife are faced with the challenges of ill health, and pray that things go as smoothly as possible. Know that you have given me many memories that I hold dear.

    I hold you both in my heart,

  40. Gary Peters May 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Bobby you have brought so many have memories to me throughout the sixties………you’ve definately been my favorite male singer during that period of my youth……..having been born in 1950………I discovered you early on and knew that I had found a “friend”.
    I have seen you in various concerts over your career………one memorable show was at small motel in Ohio where you, the late Del Shannon and Buddy Knox were performing.
    I had an opportunity to chat with you for awhile and you signed a couple autographs for me……..when you noticed I had a Del Shannon album with me…… invited me to go with you to the room where Del was staying and got him to autograph my album.
    You are one of the most REAL entertainers that I’ve ever met………willing to go the extra mile and do things for fans that most entertainers would never do.
    I’ve chatted with you a couple times after that occasion at different venues throughout the midwest……..and at one point you looked at me and actually recognized me……..I was amazed………and made very humble for your kindness in remembering our past chats.
    Bobby……..I love you as a true artist, family man (I got to see you perform with your boys…..very sweet) and a great great entertainer.
    A nicer man has never been born……….you truly broke the mode.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers along with your family forever and ever…………
    A life-long fan from Toledo, Ohio………now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL

  41. Joann May 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    You have been and will continue to be my favorite musician — I still have all your LP Albums — many with your autograph. You are a gracious, humble man who brought a lot of joy to many teens who are now “oldies, but goodies”.

    May God Abundantly Bless you and your wonderful family. Thoughts and prayers on your new journey.

  42. Janie Hoffman May 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Bobby Vee…….I still smile when I hear your name, one of your songs, or think of you. I have four of your songs on my IPod and would name “Take Good Care of My Baby” in my all time top 5 songs. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife, and our family. Thank you so much for the music……

    • Barbara Cosser May 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Bobby and family…….You are loved sooooo much, your music will live on long past the rest of us. I hope you remember me as I have seen you many times. But my best memory will be that of seeing you at “Little Darlin’s” in Kissimmee, FLorida. You made me feel 16 again. This happened every time I saw you. Which was many, many times. You have always stolen my heart and made me forget my problems. We have missed you this past year. Our love and prayers go with you and yours. Your music will live on and on and for that I thank you. Take care and know that you are loved and admired……..

  43. Nick Francone May 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Sorry to hear the news and I hope you have many many good years ahead of you. Your song “Rubber Ball” has so much meaning to me. It was the first song where I ever danced with a girl! Julie, where ever you are, I still love ya. Take care Bobby and payers go out to you and your family.

  44. Susan McCoy May 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Bobby, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I just love you! I was hooked the first time I heard Take Good Care of My Baby. I saw you in Omaha twice and I was lucky enough to meet you and give you a hug! You will always be my favorite. I play your Greatest Hits CD ALL the time!!!

  45. Sharyn Belkofer May 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Dear Bobby,

    You were such a big part of my teen years. Your posters adorned my bedroom, and of course I had every record. To this day, (I’m 65), my family calls me when they see you on a PBS special or read something about you.

    The highlight of my life was when you came to Chico, CA to appear at our teen center. I was privileged to meet you back stage, and needless to say, it took months for me to recover.

    You and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you for gracing my life. You are an icon!

    Sharyn Belkofer

  46. brillbuild May 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Just heard about you and your wife on the web. I’ve always been a fan of the Brill Building and you among others. Want to wish the best for you as you live each day one-day-at-a-time. BTW – the video of the Adobe Sessions sounds terrific. I will check the CD when it’s available.

  47. Rebecca Krupp May 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Dear Bobby… You were my teen idol and your music is part of the fabric of my life.
    I was saddened to hear of the health issues confronting you and Karen. I shall be praying for both of you…
    Thank you so much for the gift of your music… just listening to those recordings takes me back to high school sock hops and the magic of young love. Thank you for enriching my life!
    Sincerely, Rebecca Krupp

  48. Bernadette May 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Bob I want to wish you a Happy Birthday from Wayne and I. Birthdays usually such a curse but I am just glad we get one every year. I hope you can enjoy some of the beauty of NC this summer it is the best time to be there. Maybe a visit to the ocean….has such healing powers. I am so glad we can communicate through your site. Many thoughts and Prayers always….we will see you soon in Tucson.

  49. lindy lien May 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    We listened to your songs,followed your career and family. Living in St. Cloud,going to St. Joe to Kay’s Cafe,Joe’s meat market,by your recording studio. Then your last performance in St. Joe. Prayers and praises to you and your family. A great video and cd. Lindy Lien

  50. Mary Smith May 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Whoever said this is the Golden Years had to be crazy!!! Hello old friend. Sorry to hear about yours and Karens health issues. I guess we all have something going on in this stage of our lives. Guess we’re almost neighbors again. We’re in Mesa so not too far away. Our son and his family live in Tucson also. We go there quite a lot. Would love to see you and Karen again.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Mary (Bruce) and DuWayne Smith

    • Patty O'Bryant Watkinson May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Hello Bobby, Thank you for updating your fans and prayers are with your family for all the best to you in the coming years! I was a young teenager in the early 60’s when my friends Don Wilson (Ventures) and his wife invited me to their home in Tacoma Washington to meet Bobby Vee … I was so excited I could hardly stand it and Don took a polaroid photo of me with you which got lost somewhere along the way …Oh how I regretted that 🙂 I have always loved your music and what a positive impression you left on this forever fan ! Thank you for being a positive role model and God’s Blessings to you !

      • Brian May 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

        Like so many others our age your songs were our lives – every song had meaning and we related. I never met you, but as others have said I know every word of every song, and at one time (before I left to spend 30 years in the military) I was your fan club president. I married my “Suzie Baby” after I thought I had lost her when the song was popular and we celebrate #40 this fall.

        Thank you for sharing with us – our prayers are with you and your bride.

  51. Sue Williams (Half of the Two Sues, Bristol UK) May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Dearest Bobby

    ……. if only all the love, the caring and the prayers which are coming to you from all corners of the world could make things right and justly repay you for all you have given us over the decades ….you must surely feel the warmth and love from all of us willing you, Karen and all your family to continue to have strength and courage to face your current worries. We can only imagine how you are all feeling and would love to give you all a hug.

    Over the years you have made every one of us feel so very special. I am sure we can all remember how we felt the first time each of us met you. I, for one, never imagined that underneath my musical hero and idol, Bobby Vee the star, was a wonderful, caring husband, father and grandfather who really does extend his care to his fans! I remember how very kind you were to Sue Cokley (the other half of “The Two Sues”!) when she was so ill – the surprise of your lovely card and cheery words set her on the road to recovery.

    Last Saturday I went to a school reunion and met school mates I had not seen since we left in 1964. One of the girls came up to me and said “I remember you Sue ……. you used to love Bobby Vee” ……… my response – “I still do!!” …. and still imagine that Susie Baby was just for me!

    Our thoughts are with you all.

  52. Omar Olson May 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Happy one-day belated birthday! Am among the many thousands by the side of you and Karen and your great family in these days where your legendary character again is asserting itself. Too simply put, your unique voice is part of our sonic architecture and history. I look forward to more–the “Adobe Sessions” video was great.

    But that appreciation is surpassed by what a “Class Guy” you are and always have been. There’s no higher compliment to pay than that one and I rightly pay it to you…..

    With admiration,
    Omar Olson

  53. Frank Hart May 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Dear Bobby and family,

    Bobby,Happy birthday….We talked about doing projects some time ago…..But that did not come to pass.
    John Beecher from the UK also.

    The last time We saw each other was for majic 102 in Hollywood, Fla with your Sons.

    Also to appear at Biscanye baby here in Miami.
    I wanted to contact you for awhile..lost my address book with your tele.#

    I am feeling for you and wife Karen……My Mom died from that disease and My beautiful
    daughter JENNIFER lost her battle 6 months later,She too was on the list for a double
    lung transplant…She was 16 years old.

    I got back to my Record label….Rock n’ Rollers never stop…making music
    I am working with The Belmonts on new releases…We lost Freddie on New Years Day.

    My heart and prayers are with you and Karen.

    Like to speak with you..soon…and We met for the very first time When you and I
    were 16 @ The Clay Cole Show in N.Y.


    Frank Hart
    Downtown Music group
    CALL me @ (786) 277-4278
    or (305)661-4040

    Jennifer Hart
    God Bless You and your Family

  54. Tim Varney May 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Dear Bobby,
    I have been a fan of yours since the Winter of 1961 after seeing you and the Ventures perform in Terry’s Arena in Terrytown, Nebraska, which was a privately owned town between the cities of Scottsbluff and Gering Nebraska. I recall that the Ventures, Bogle and Wilson, opened the show and then introduced you. I bought all of your 78 albums and played them over and over again in my dorm room on the campus of Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska, where I was a Freshmen a the time. You brought a classy form of popular music to those of us who were from small town America backgrounds, living away from home. Thanks much for your contribution to American popular music! God bless you and your Wife as you bear with your challenges.
    My best wishes to you,
    Tim Varney

  55. Colleen May 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I love you Bobby Vee ! I did not know that you live here in St. Paul. I am in Eaga, MN. Kind of neighbors. I went to the “Winter Dance Party” in Clear Lake, Iowa back in the 80’s. I saw you and you were just great and so fun! Keep on Going and know that your music is loved and
    appreciated !

  56. Roy Evans May 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Very sorry to hear the news. You were one of my favorites druing the 60’s !

  57. Lori Worrell May 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I was lucky enough to see you perform at last year’s “Joe Town Rocks” show and you signed a drum stick for me. I told you that I had been trying for two years to find a way to see you in concert and you asked, “Was it worth it?” To that I replied, “ABSOLUTELY!!!” I was so thrilled and honored when you complimented me on my petition that I started to get Tommy James and the Shondells inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s comments like yours and the ones I’ve gotten from the other singers that have signed it that has kept me going with it. I’m about 500 away from my goal of 10,000 and will reach that when I see Tommy in June at Shooting Star Casino. Many people have asked me to work on getting you in the Hall as well, esp. your fans that I’ve met at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato MN. Hopefully it will happen for BOTH OF YOU SOON!!! Thanks for making it worth the wait and the trip!!! Lori aka Petition Girl

  58. Red Robinson May 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi Bobby: It is true what Fabian said about growing old. In February I did 4 eulogies for friends. My wife Carole and I think of you often. We won’t forget meeting with you in Hollywood on our Honeymoon and you taking us around seeking the best Hot Dog in the city and of course Pinks was the winner. Those were wonderful simple times and we were all young. And then there was the cruise we all shared and had the opportunity of having some social time together. The last time we met was when I booked you into the Legends of Rock and Roll series at Expo ’86. You are a very special guy and we respect you for never forgetting your roots through all the success you have enjoyed over the years. I was shocked when I heard that another friend Glen Campbell has the same disease. Like you he is handling it with style and class. My best to you and Karen and the family. We lived in the best of times and you are a reminder to me of the best of people. Red Robinson Vancouver, Canada

  59. Bobby Head May 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Bobby…I have never met you, but have always been a fan. My prayers are with you and your wife. I know that just “Like a Rubber Ball” you will bounce right back.


  60. Lorrie May 2, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Dear Bobby and family, First I want to say Happy Birthday to Bobby, I hope all your wishes come true. Second you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know what it is like to be hit with bad news but they say God never gives you more than you can handle. All we can do is give it to him and make the most of the life we have. From where I sit, you have done a great job at that. I had the privilage to met you and your family a couple of time on the concert at sea. You would think that we had know eachother for ever. I have never met more humble and down to earth people in my life. Your boys are the greatest and sweetest, you must be very proud of them. I hope you know how many peoples lives that you have touched in a very positive way. No matter what the out come, you will always be with us forever. Love to you and yours.

  61. Florence Dahl May 2, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Bobby I feel it is my responsibility to tell you this story. I have a close friend who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and i convinced him to start enjoying coconut oil and in 2 weeks he was doing better and it just keeps getting better the longer he takes it. He started eating about 4 tablespoons a day and has cut it to 2 a day since he is in control now. I pray you will try it so you will be able to take care of that beautiful wife for a while longer. Love and prayers to you and yours.

  62. Tony Barrington May 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Dear Bobby, You and your wife are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many memories of your music while growing up in the sixties. Bless you. Sincerely, Tony

  63. Jamie Flyer May 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Bobby- Please go to Gary Null’s website ( I don’t know if you are familiar with his work, but he has a Ph.D. in nutrition and has written many books and created many documentaries. Anyhow, on his website there was (and possibly still is) a video of a woman he successfully treated for Alzheimer’s. Her name is Maureen McGovern (not the singer — this Maureen McGovern is a college professor). Gary reports that he treated her with something called Ozone therapy, and she (Maureen) speaks of her dramatic recovery. I sincerely hope that you will check this out — you have everything to gain and nothing to loose. All the best…

  64. Linda Hamilton May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Bobby and Family!
    It’s Linda Hamilton in Pennsylvania, I had the wonderful chance to work with you in Worcester MA, a few years ago at the Hanover Theater, and then saw you all again with Bandstand in Niagara Falls. You, Jeff and the rest of the guys could not have been nicer. The first time I met you, in MA you said I had a nice aura around me and that was such an honor to hear from you, a voice I had loved all my life. I just loved the beautiful Christmas video card your family did. I am praying for Karen and for you too, I know things are going to go OK, you Vellines are blessed and surrounded by love. We will be keeping you in our prayers.

  65. Sue Roberts May 2, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Hi, Bobby. You are one of my favorite teen performers–probably because you’re a North Dakoa boy and you sang a “Suzie” song. One winter evening after you and your brother performed at the Grand Forks Skating Rink and after you stowed away the band equipment, my friend, Nancy, and I had a snowball fight with the two of you. In fact, she told me recently she has a picture of us playing in the snow. Whenever I hear one of your songs on the radio, it takes me back to that evening. If I’m with a friend when I hear your song, I always tell them about the snowball fight we had. I wish you and your family the best. I agree with your friend that getting older is not for the weak-hearted. Good luck. Sue Roberts

  66. Sam Hale May 2, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I was deeply saddened to learn from this morning’s (5/2) AJC of your diagnosis. Searching further, I also became aware of your wife’s medical problems. I can emphathize, in that I’ve recently learned that, in spite of surviving three resuscitations following sudden cardiac arrest, I’ve now developed cancer in various organs. So, I’m with you in facing a poor prognosis which has had me focus on that which really matters — relationships. Perhaps you still recall appearing for me when I was at WOKY – Milwaukee and booked you with Bobby Vinton’s orchestra in 1960. From that meeting, I’ve always admired you, not only as a performer, but as a genuine, unpretentious, caring individual. In my relatively brief radio career, I worked with many “stars”, but few command the deep personal respect I have had, and continue to have, for you. Be fulfilled with the knowledge that you are so deservedly loved and respected. /s/ Sam Hale

  67. Don May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Bobby, your story is so inspiring, not just for the memories you have given us in your music over the years, but also for your positive and hopeful outlook on life and what it has in store for each of us. You have had such an impact on my life regarding my music and playing the guitar. My all time favorite of yours is “Take Good Care of My Baby”, which I can listen to over and over again while remembering doing the same thing as a fifteen year old and wishing I could sing like you. Fabian said it well about getting old and I can understand now that I am 65 and retired. Thanks again for the positive effect you have had on my life and I’m sure hundreds of thousands of others. Live long and live happy and that goes for your entire family!

  68. Mark B May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Use two words to describe Bob: dignity and integrity. When I think of your family I have fond memories. Bob and I having a cup of coffee during our annual block party while the boys were performing out in front of the bank. Saying hello in Branson a few years back (made it feel like we were home somehow). The christmas CD we were involved in. The wonderful recognition at the Paramount gala…one of the greatest honors of my life was being asked to say a few words. I’ve been priveleged, I guess, to meet a lot of musicians and other celebrities in my life but I’ve never known anyone with as much integity and dignity as Bob. I see it in the boys and that’s the most gratifying thing that can happen in anyone’s life: When our children reflect our good qualities. God bless you and Karen, there are so many souls who wish you well and we look forward to hearing from you for a long time.

  69. Bill Stork May 2, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Hello Bobby,
    Happy belated birthday.I’m praying for you and your wife.My wife and I saw you at The Surf Ballroom in 1999 and 2001. You were very gracious to us and that was appreciated!
    I also appreciate your music. May God bless you during these trying times.
    God bless,
    Bill Stork

  70. Al Donroe May 2, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    So sorry to hear about both your and your wife’s health issues. I have been a fan since 1961 and still have a bunch of your vinyl LPs and 45s (still play them too!) as well as CDs. I always admired the way you handled yourself throughout your career. Unlike so many other rockers you always seemed to do it right. Sounds as if you still are! God Bless!

  71. Dorothy May 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Bobby, I am so happy to have seen so many of your shows when you were in Branson MO. You were always so nice to the fans, a real gentleman. I will pray for you and your family and always cherish the memories of the wonderful songs. Looking forward to your new release too. Sending you a big hug

  72. Marian Elavsky May 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    The first time I met you Bobby was at Wolfman Jack’s in Orlando, Fl back in the 90’s. I told you that I was in “love with you” since I was 13. To which you replied “you’ve held up well”. I’ve seen you twice since then, once in Baltimore for a charity concert and the second time at Cypress Gardens. I always requested “Charms”, which you played for me. I was disappointed when I found out you were no longer touring, but now I understand and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely wife and family. You know that you have the support and love of all your fans for all the wonderful memories you have given us through the years.

  73. Dave Knox May 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Bobby,
    Just last week, I e-mailed to wish you a Happy Birthday. In my message, I identified myself as the teacher turned looking back radio DJ from Collingwood Ontario to whom you very graciously granted an interview in your hotel room at Casino Rama, Orillia, early spring 2004. As it turned out, your interview along with your music became a 25 minute spotlight to kick off our second hour of John and Dave’s Flashback Diner on The Peak FM Collingwood and The New CHAY Barrie. Alas, after 6 years, the Diner closed. However, I continue to do fundraiser looking back dances in our area—-and I always make sure that Bobby Vee is on the playlist!
    My wife Cathy and I wish you and Karen all the best. Your letter to all of your friends and fans is beautifully written and most appreciated. Your courage and faith come through loud and clear. The Adobe Session songs that you have shared are terrific.
    God Bless,
    Dave and Cathy Knox

  74. Skip Berquam May 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I saw you at the Moorhead Armory that fateful February night, and have enjoyed your music ever since. My best wishes to you and your family. The courage and grace with which you are facing this next gig are encouraging to all of us. God bless you.
    Skip from Moorhead

  75. Bobby Vee May 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Hey Gang-

    As you can imagine it has been quite a week for me. It’s been quite a year. I just want to thank you for the outpouring of support and the touching stories. I do not take this for granted.

    With Love,


    • MN Mike Chase May 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      The variety of individuals, from all points on the globe, all bearing the same admiration and high esteem–can only reflect the fact of your widespread popularity,the uniqueness of your talents, and your heartfelt connection with your fans. I can think of no one in your business to even approach the benchmark that you have set. Rock On!

    • Lily Hyatt May 6, 2012 at 4:02 am #

      My first memories of life include your beautiful voice music hearing it , I think I new every lyric by the time was 3 maybe 4 yrs old to each of your songs , they have given me so much joy over the years . Sadly unlike most that have posted here I,ve never seen you perform , I don,t know why maybe timing life my hubby (soldier ) died leaving me with 3 children to care and provide for ..I,m glad to say we made it through all , I just wished to convey my affection and admiration for you , oh my you were so handsome adorable I think I know I had a huge crush on you guess i still do . Thank you you,ve touched more lives them you know & eased many of us throgh lifes challenges .. I was a caregiver for my father for many years he too suffered from Alzheimers but I want you to know that my father was able to communicate walk do many of his own ADL skills oh sometimes he needed a verbal prompt or a helping hand but overall he was as independent on many things . I wanted you to know that . When we first found about him he was heartbroken still from losing my Mom (married 65 yrs ) We found a routine that worked for my father and daily we went and continued on each day he had activities walks together weekly visits to see his old friends relatives even everyday stuff grocery shopping etc , I think by keeping him busy (napped in afternoons ) active and the new meds they have to slow the progression well gave him quality of life and helped to maintain his independence . I,ve seen this happn to others as well (worked in nursing ) , I just wanted to share this with you ! The very first time my Dad excepted the fact that he indeed did have it we had a long heart to heart and I promised him that if and when the time came when he could no longer process or decide or even do something that I would be right there by his side and pick up where he left off , I promised him i would stay by his side we would get through it together . I know he was scared tho he never said so he didn,t have too . I ,m sorry I,ve been so personal in this but I want you to have & keep hope alive . Thank you so very much Bobby Vee ,, When hearing your songs I still see that handsome young man I have had a crush on for 50 yrs , I will keep Karen and you the whole family in my prayers each day , you will always be in my heart

    • Nicky Churchill October 13, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Bobby ,Karen and family,

      Hope you are all feeling better now that Karen is home! We…myself and mum (Cynthia),miss you loads over here in the UK and would love to have seen you all again…oh well !!! 😦 Take care of yourselves and thanks so much for the fantastic times you gave us when you toured over here,lovely memories to cherish!!!

      From Nicky and Cynthia. XX

    • gay Gagnon January 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      A aah we saw you in Branson ,Mo. And we’re so impressed with your humbleness ,always loved your music look forward to more God bless

    • Cindy Hinchen September 13, 2016 at 2:07 am #

      Bobby Vee….I have loved you and your music since the ’60’s. My prayers are with you.

  76. Shirley May 3, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Dear Bobby, I am so glad to have the opportunity to say “Thank you” for your music. After all these years, I still enjoy your songs so much.

    I am so sorry to hear of you and your wife’s health issues. I will be sure to remember you in my prayers.


  77. Stan Kravetz, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada May 3, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    Bobby; Fabulous music from you all those years ago. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family with best wishes for the coming years! As a former DJ, I played many of your great songs! Great interview you did with Vancouver DJ Red Robinson during Expo 86. Red and I worked together at a Vancouver station in the late 1970’s

  78. Barbara Hancock May 3, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Dear Bobby, Thank you for all the wonderful memories I have whenever I listen to your songs. They transport me to some of the best times of my life. You truly have given such a gift to me and so many others. . If love has the power to heal, know that you are surrounded, by so much from all your fans. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  79. Brian Lund May 3, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Best of luck, Bobby. You have given so many people loads of pleasure. Rubber Ball was the first non-instrumental 45 I bought…Brian Lund, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK.

  80. Roger Price May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Dear Bobby and family what a devastating illness you have to face and the suffering of your dear wife as well. You have an army of fans in England who still love and play your music (my favourite Run to Him) I thank you for all the pleasure you brought to my youth and after all these years still do. Hope is what we have for you both, the hope that a living God will hear our prayers all our love, roger and the army

  81. Deborah (Bellefeuille) Thornton May 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
    Isaiah 58:11

  82. Alan Freed Productions (R) Tony Belmont Pres. May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Alan Freed Productions (R)

    Out of all the thousands of Rock stars that worked for our company since that first concert in 1952 Bobby Vee was always my favorite to work with. He is a gentleman to his fans and to us the the people that worked on the concerts you couldn’t ask for a better perfromer. My heart is with you.

    Tony Belmont, President
    Alan Freed Productions

  83. Lee Withers May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Dear Bobby,
    Bill, and I have had a richer life from knowing you, Karen, and the family. You and Karen have helped make special memories for us. Specially those days in San Deigo/LaJolla at the Rock in Roll shows Bill set up with the help of Johnny Preston and Jeff. What a great time with you, Chris Montez and Johnny! We still talk about how much fun Bill and Kathleen had with ya’ll in Clearlake, Iowa and how gracious Karen and you were during that time. Our little Kathleen just turned 23 and is stationed overseas with the Air Force and I know you are as proud of her as we are. She is especially fond of you guys. You are a great entertainer and a gentleman. Many thanks to your family for sharing you with all of us all these years. You, Karen and all your family will be in our prayers. Much love,
    Lee Withers – Houston, Texas

  84. sharonconentoveno May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Bobby, Karen, & Family,
    My heart is saddened by your news. I know that God will watch over you and take good care of you both. You have the love and support of a loving family and all of us fans including me. I have been a fan since I was ten and I am now 59. I will never forget the time we met at the N.Y. State fair in Syracuse, N.Y. in the 80’s. I also want to thank you and your sons again for the personalized autograph pictures you sent me for my 59th. bd. in Nov. of 2011. I will treasure them always. Good Luck and God Bless!!!

  85. Sue Hirons May 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi Bobby, I have been a fan since 17th February 1962,when you appeared at the De Montfort Hall here in Leicester, England! I only missed one appearance of yours over the years at the De Mont. I would like to thank you for the wonderful music and happiness you have given to many during this time. I hope that you and Karen win your battles,so you can both enjoy a long and happy retirement with you delightful family! God bless . From Sue Hirons and family xxx

  86. jim Kleinfelder May 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Bob, we’ve known each other a long time. Dianne and I pray for both of you each night. I will miss seeing you tomorrow night, and Matt will probably get mobed. You have given us some great memories, and I will always cherish you as a friend. Hope to see you in the near future. Love you, friend.

  87. John Lindquist May 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi Bobby,

    I have had the pleasure of seeing you at the Surf Ballroom numerous times in recent decades and to have a word with you at a lot of these occasions. Once you saw me and my WORT-FM buddy Rockin’ John McDonald and said “Rockin’ and Reelin’ – you’re here. Why am I not surprised?” What a day-brightener that was, and what fun times we’ve had in Clear Lake. One cannot help but feel upbeat thinking about your shows and enjoying the music you have blessed us with over the years. “Something To Say” is among my favorites.

    God bless you and your wife and incredible kids.

    John Lindquist
    Madison (& Hayward) Wis.

  88. melzfree May 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Dear Bobby,

    “Don’t ask the sun to keep shining, it can’t; the clouds exist. Don’t ask the leaves to stop falling, they can’t help it; the wind exists. Don’t ask me to stop loving you, how can I; you exist.”

    As I’ve read each reply here I see how many others love you as well. You Get Back Exactly What You Give Out!!! I’ve never met a more loving, caring man as you!

    Below is something I felt compelled to share with you.Not just from me but from all whom love you!

    I Am The Soul

    I am the gentle, loving whisper heard,
    whispering words and sounds of comfort to you
    when you believe the harshness, pain and
    darkness defines who you are, and you wrap
    yourself in a blanket of pain.

    I am the light which flickers, dances and moves
    around you, drawing your focus away from the
    darkness, away from the web of illusion
    you caught yourself in…finding yourself now laughing
    with joy as you watch the dance of light and I remind you who you are.

    When tears fill your eyes,
    I am the comforter who embraces you
    and gently fills you with my warmth.
    When you doubt, worry or fear
    and your steps are shaky, unsure
    of where to step next,
    I am the voice that guides you
    placing one foot in front of the other.

    I am the trust who moves you through doubt.
    I am found in your laughter.
    I am the well of compassion which overflows
    and spreads throughout your world
    as you reach out from your heart to the life of another…
    the illusion of judgment gently put aside…
    and it is my breath which gently blows away the
    clouds of mist which before obscured,
    here in the heart, in the life of another…
    are you found.

    I am the wonder and awe you feel as you
    watch the beauty of nature unfold, ever changing…
    Just as you are ever changing.
    I am found in your trust, in your faith,
    in your kindness, gentleness and passion.
    When you embrace yourself and others…
    I am there
    When you see through a fear which has bound
    you in chains forever…
    there I am

    When you are afraid, but still reach out
    for clarity and truth…I am the one holding you
    and whispering words of encouragement.
    When you hear the wind,
    you hear me speak to you.
    When you hear the birds,
    you hear the song I sing to you.
    When you are frightened and wonder how
    can you heal the wounds of many,
    and yourself…
    I am the lantern which shows you the way.

    Sit in a room, so dark…
    Light a candle, made small by the vastness
    of the darkness…or so it seems.
    Watch how the light of one small candle
    dispels the darkness and allows what has been hidden
    by the cloak of darkness to now be seen.

    Magnify that light a million times,
    then again,
    and yet again…
    until you magnify it seven times.
    There in the brightness of that radiance
    of all there is…
    I am.
    I am your Soul
    of love and light.

  89. melzfree May 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Dear Bobby,

    “Don’t ask the sun to keep shining, it can’t; the clouds exist. Don’t ask the leaves to stop falling, they can’t help it; the wind exists. Don’t ask me to stop loving you, how can I; you exist.”

    As I’ve read the replies here I can see your loved not only by me but by many…What you give our you get back! Your the most caring,loving man I’ve ever met.

    I felt compelled to share this with you, not just from me but from all whom love you!

    I Am The Soul

    I am the gentle, loving whisper heard,
    whispering words and sounds of comfort to you
    when you believe the harshness, pain and
    darkness defines who you are, and you wrap
    yourself in a blanket of pain.

    I am the light which flickers, dances and moves
    around you, drawing your focus away from the
    darkness, away from the web of illusion
    you caught yourself in…finding yourself now laughing
    with joy as you watch the dance of light and I remind you who you are.

    When tears fill your eyes,
    I am the comforter who embraces you
    and gently fills you with my warmth.
    When you doubt, worry or fear
    and your steps are shaky, unsure
    of where to step next,
    I am the voice that guides you
    placing one foot in front of the other.

    I am the trust who moves you through doubt.
    I am found in your laughter.
    I am the well of compassion which overflows
    and spreads throughout your world
    as you reach out from your heart
    to the life of another…
    the illusion of judgment gently put aside…
    and it is my breath which gently blows away the
    clouds of mist which before obscured,
    here in the heart, in the life of another…
    are you found.

    I am the wonder and awe you feel as you
    watch the beauty of nature unfold, ever changing…
    Just as you are ever changing.
    I am found in your trust, in your faith,
    in your kindness, gentleness and passion.
    When you embrace yourself and others…
    I am there
    When you see through a fear which has bound
    you in chains forever…there I am

    When you are afraid, but still reach out
    for clarity and truth…I am the one holding you
    and whispering words of encouragement.
    When you hear the wind,
    you hear me speak to you.
    When you hear the birds,
    you hear the song I sing to you.
    When you are frightened and wonder how
    can you heal the wounds of many,
    and yourself…
    I am the lantern which shows you the way.

    Sit in a room, so dark…
    Light a candle, made small by the vastness
    of the darkness…or so it seems.
    Watch how the light of one small candle
    dispels the darkness and allows what has been hidden
    by the cloak of darkness to now be seen.

    Magnify that light a million times,
    then again,
    and yet again…
    until you magnify it seven times.
    There in the brightness of that radiance
    of all there is…
    I am.
    I am your Soul
    of love and light.

  90. Doug Treakle May 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Bobby we are praying for you and Karens distress. When I heard about your problems my memories when your music was played on the radio and how much pleasure it gave all of us here in Virginia. Bobby hang in there and have faith in the Lord. Remember buddy we love all of you.

  91. Irene Boocock, Hull, East Yorkshire, England May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Hello Bobby,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Karen, God Bless you both for all the happy memories, from a fan and teenager of the 60’s.

  92. Roberta Erickson May 4, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Hey Bobby….from one old Fargo neighbor to another…it has been years but I’ve followed your wonderful career as have all of us from the Fargo Central class of ’60. We all wish you well and love your music! All our best to you….Roberta…Linda…Marilyn..Joni…Jane…on and on…love and care to you and Karen and your family.

  93. Jeanne Legge May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    My husband and I attended the Nelson Twins concert in Springfield, MO, a couple of weeks ago and, when the band came on, I told my husband, who is blind, that the bass player had a bass instrument like Tommy Vee and he was playing it crazily like Tommy did! But I didn’t recognize Tommy with his moustache and hat! We were so pleased when your sons were introduced and watching Tommy again made the evening so much more special. We waited afterwards to talk with him (but never did see him) as we wanted to know why he wasn’t playing in your band and whether you were still performing.
    We saw you many times at the Dick Clark Theatre in Branson–we moved to Forsyth in 2006, the year that the Dick Clark Theatre had so many wonderful groups from the 50’s and we saw them all!. As I’ve read in all of the comments posted, we also felt that you are truly a gentleman, generous to your fans, and just a very pleasant fellow. That summer was a highlight of the years we’ve lived near Branson and have gone to many, many shows each year.
    My mom had Alzheimer’s and, in fact, I’m wearing right now the Alzheimer’s Walk t-shirt I got in Branson a couple of years ago when Andy Williams led our September walk, as he does each year in honor of his brother who also had the disease. Our prayers for you and your wife and your family–and we will sign any petition for you to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as you should already be (the Comets just were inducted last month–another one of our favorite groups here in Branson).

    Jeanne Legge

  94. Don Rodningen May 5, 2012 at 8:39 am #


    I read the information regarding your health and that of Karens with dismay, and I have to give you both back the same message you sent to my father (Clint) in September of ’95 “Let’s Keep Rocken – your ND friend – Bobby Vee”

    Reflecting back on the “good times” while looking at my dad’s income journal this morning, I see he paid you and the Shadows $270.48 to play at his Bachelor’s Grove (ND) establishment July, 8, 1959… Not to feel badly as he only paid Buddy Knox $260.00 for a similar gig on July 22, 1959. I do know things got a lot better for you as time rolled on.

    I have had the privilege and opportunity to meet with you many times at Bachelor’s Grove, in Grand Forks, Maple Lake, St. Cloud as well as at the Minnesota State Fair. Thanks for your music, the many dances I enjoyed as well as the great memories!

  95. Rockin' John Mc Donald May 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Hello Bobby and family. Thinking about you all the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Madison Wis. I’ve played a “ton” of your music on my radio program. “Reelin'” John Lindquist and myself have done several Bobby Vee radio specials over the years and I’ve had The Vees as featured artists. I love the new recording. I can’t wait until the whole CD comes out. I did a bunch of songs on my May 5th program that had “Sue”, “Susie”, “Suzie”, “Suzanne” and “Susan” in the title. One of the first songs that I played was “Suzie Baby” You and your family are such great people. I’m writing this with a heavy heart. I’ll be mentioning you on next weeks program and I’ll be playing some of your music. I’ll be telling my listeners to keep you in their thoughts. Take care.

  96. Clay Bell May 6, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    I was just 1 year old when Run To Him was a smash. I fell for that song in the mid-eighties when I heard it on an oldies station in Little Rock. Your entire body of work is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talent. I want to wish you and your family the best! You have a lot of fans praying for you.

  97. Christine Jouffray May 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Dear Bobby,
    From the moment I heard your first song, I was a devoted fan. I bought every record I could find and I knew all the words by heart. When you came to Teen Fair in San Antonio I thought I would die when I finally got to see you in person. Your songs touched my young heart. God bless you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are for you.

  98. Jimmy Schultz May 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    To Mr Vee
    Hello Bobby
    I saw in a danish newspaper about your mild Alzheimer. I must say it was a chock.
    Why I remember You ?
    Well in Denmark we could only hear Radio Luxembourg and the first time I held a girl and kissed her, you were singing : ” take good care of my baby ” on Radio Luxembourg.
    No, I did not marry the girl and no, we didn’t do anything naughty
    we were so young and innocent
    To go out open with your illness ( and your wife’s ) are brave and I do hope we find a cure soon of Alzheimers.
    You and your wife are in my thoughts and your songs lives forever as long there are young love
    Jimmy Schultz, M.D.
    Denmark, Europe

  99. Marianne May 7, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Thoughts are with you, THANK YOU!

  100. chrisinthanetuk May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    From – One of your many English fans.xx
    Please Bobby I hope you don’t mind me sharing with you my memories of you and your music on your blog.’ The first time I saw you sing on English television was on the Perry Como show, before that show it was only possible to hear you sing on my transistor radio tuned into the only pop station we could pickup in the UK, Radio Luxembourg which faded in and out. I hadn’t even reached my teens but you and the songs you sang have stayed with me throughout my life. I went to see you at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent, SE England, in the 80s and again in the 90s. At both shows you asked for a song request, both times I shouted as loud as I could “Letter from Betty “, but both times the crowd shouted for “Devil or Angel ” which you sang beautifully….. but you never sang “LfB”. Then just after your daughter got married (you told us that you sang Take Good Care of my Baby at her wedding) , I went to see your show at the Lees Cliff Hall in Folkestone, Kent, this time accompanied by my 6ft 3 husband and two young male colleagues from work ( who were inquisitive about why I praised your shows so much (they came out loving the live band and your show too )). They were under strict instructions to yell as loud as possible for “Letter from Betty ” AND it worked, you said you would have to check the words during the break as you hadn’t sang it for some time. When you came out and sang LfB I was in heaven singing the song along with you at the top of my voice and again when you went on to sing “A Forever Kind Of Love ” ….bliss!
    After the show, it was the first time I ever found the courage to go to up to the stage, I wanted to thankyou so much but I could barely talk, I just couldn’t do anything other than give you the biggest smile I had ever smiled in my life (did you see me 🙂 🙂
    Now I’m saying thank you for being the best idol anyone could have ever have wished for throughout the whole of their life.
    Love and kisses and the very best of wishes possible to you and Karen and all your family x x x x

  101. Graham May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Bobby
    Been a fan for many a year alll ways caught your tour dates when you came to Nottingham
    England with your sons in the band. Keep on rocking. all the best to you and your family!

  102. Monica McNamara May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Bobby,.
    You were my favorite teen idol.I loved your music like so many kids and knew all the words.

    IIn 1961 when I was 13, I wrote u a letter all the way from Vancouver Canada and I was so excited when I got back a postcard with your pi cture on front and an autograph ..I still have it. and your records
    Time sure flys!!!!I’m happy you have a supportive and complete family.,you deserve such a gift.
    I was listening to the red robinson radio show and he featured u and I enjoyed the great story of your life and expo 86 interveiw here.on the computer..things have changed over thew years eh?
    Your songs will play on forever .Take good care of my
    love you forever,
    Monica McNamara

  103. Jim Kleinfelder May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Bob, We really missed you Friday night. Hope you and Karen are doing well and you will be home soon. Matt did a great job accepting your induction, and thrilled to see Bill inducted, also.. With God in our hearts, we pray for you and Karen daily. Jim

  104. jan May 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Thanks so for sharing your life with us, with ME. Who knew a tragic accident would help launch your career. I have always known you are a wonderful man, that was affirmed on a cruise on the Norway. You are such a gentleman and devoted family man….all of which adds to your character. You and your lovely wife are in my prayers. You made my life so special with your incredibly appropriate music.

  105. Linda Shaw May 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    HI Bobby
    From your friends in Australia, we wish you and Karen all the best. I am one of the lucky ones, I have met you and your sons, had photos taken with you all, have caught your “Rubber Balls” and seen all your shows in Australia. My only regret is that we never saw you in the USA.
    Thank you for sharing your lives with us.
    Karen thank you for sharing your husband with his many fans. Sharing You is my favourite all time song and the words can be interpreted in a couple of ways. You always shared.

    I hope the transplant happens soon and I wish for some bright scientist to come up with a cure for Alzheimers.

    Bobby, take care and keep up the HOPE

  106. Jane Popowski May 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Bobby, I would not know where to begin to share the memories I have of you and the many concerts we have attended over the years. It began so long ago at the Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo, MN in the early 60’s to the last time which was in Virginia, MN when you honored my request to sing “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara” for my very good friend on her birthday. During all that time, you remained my number 1 singer. It wasn’t only due to your music, but the kindness and sincerity you always showed us when we were able to visit with you at a concert. It goes back to helping Clela with the many fan letters you received to the time you returned my scrapbooks to me in St. Cloud. Your family has impressed us so much over the years, how great they all are. Your invitation and personal tour to us at Rockhouse? I stood back and thought, “Can this be real?” I don’t believe there could be any entertainer that would do that for their fans–but you considered us friends, what more could we have wanted? We were honored to be able to attend the induction on Friday night in Fargo. Matt was so sincere in his appreciation in accepting your award. And, for him to accept for Bill as well? I know he struggled and was so touched by the recognition.
    We plan to see Robby on Friday night. He carries on the tradition of the music your family has created. And, the Vee’s?? We have enjoyed them each and every time we have seen them perform. They share their children and their musical talents as well.
    You and Karen have done a beautiful job raising your children. As much as we miss you, I am so grateful you are taking the moments for yourself to spend time with your family. Memories they will cherish forever.
    My best to you and Karen, you are both in my thoughts daily, God Bless You –never forget the impact you have had on all your fans. We love you and wish you and your family only the best.

  107. Carol McLaughlin May 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I have been a fan for so long (early 1960’s!) that it is as though I am writing to a friend now. It is so gratifying to me that someone I had a mad romantic crush on as a teenager, is now someone I truly admire as an adult. I have had the pleasure of attending several of your shows over the years, and still enjoy your music as much as I did almost 50 years ago. May you and your family continue to be blessed with all the love and joy you so richly deserve. I will always hold you in my heart and my prayers.

  108. Barry Blakely May 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    It’s hard some times to put into words, what’s in your heart. All I can say is, thanks for the great music & memories, and may God walk with you the rest of your family’s journey.

  109. Donna Gregg May 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Bobby, it was Christmas Eve 1969 and I was atop a gun bunker. Around 1 a m when I heard your version of Blue Christmas on AFRN radio.. I think of you and that song every year. Tom Gregg 377th SPS C flg C sector Tan Son Nhut Viet Nam I have that Cristmas album along with every album you made. I wish alot more Chrismases.

  110. Jackie Lithgow May 17, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Wow, Bobby Vee! I remember my mom always had the radio on at our house and I became a big fan…I never did get to see you perform, but your songs stick in my a good way!! ha Ole Fabian is right, just like Betty Davis said “Growing old ain’t for sissies”
    My mom was diagnoised with Alzheimer’s about 4 years ago, so for Mothers Day this year I put a playlist together for her. Thousand Eyes absolutely her fav. (along with many others of yours) I believe when the music is “in” you it never leaves you…its always a part of you. Life has its etnas and pot holes, but our hearts can still smile for all we have been blessed with. I have beat cancer 3X in the last 10 yrs, and I sing almost all the kids probably hate it..and in my 60’s now I go ballroom dancing whenever I get the chance. Thats whenever I can get a partner…nope, its not over yet! God Bless you and yours…we can’t understand everything, but I don’t need to..just enjoy what you have been blessed with and , of course, keep singing!!

  111. Ann Theriault May 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Bobby, Ashley, her mom, Mary and myself are praying for you, Karen and your family. We are fortunate to call you and your family our friends. Whenever I bake “your” peanut butter cookies, I think of you. The picture on my work computer was taken by Ira @ Saint Joseph when he visited you and then called me and put you on the phone. I will cherish that memory forever. I have asked people to pray for everyone. I was a caregiver for over 50 years and I know what your family is going through. If you feel the need for cookies, you have my e-mail. Please give Karen a hug for me and my family. We love you all very much.
    Love, hugs and prayers, AnnT, Ashley, Mary, Shawn, Robbie, Tyler, Connor and the new baby Callen

  112. Roy Gibbons May 19, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    I was so sorry to read of yours and Karen’s health issues and wish you both the very best of luck in your treatment and trust you will both return in better shape to enjoy the golden years.
    I read of many new drugs and treatment that are being developed/pioneered both here in the UK and no doubt in the US, so, modern medicine can, if nothing else, control things and offer some quality life.
    As someone who has followed your career from the early days to attending to your more recent 60’s UK tours, I cannot tell how much we all enjoy your music and sincerly hope that you will, like your Rubber Ball, come bouncing back.
    All the very best
    Roy Gibbons

  113. Richard Zajicek May 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    It’s come to this. This is how it is now.

    “Suzie Baby” was one of the first songs that really grabbed me, I listen to it still. For better or worse, It probably did something to shape certain illusions I’m still trying to shake : ) “Devil or Angel” was the first 45 I ever bought. The musical odyssey continues.

    My Dad once told me he knew an uncle(?) of yours – Chris Veline?

    You are in my heart, forever, always. Profound Prayers & Best Wishes to you & your love.

  114. Richard Goodkin May 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Dear Bobby,

    My wife (still newlweds after 45 years) and I have seen you perform twice – once at the Whittemore Center at UNH about 8 or so years ago and last year at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, the Bandstand show. Each time was a thrill. I was fortunate to get to speak with you in Worcester at the ‘meet and greet’ session, as well as with Chris Montez and the Chiffons. You may recall my comment, that any youngster with a guitar could have stood in at the Fargo show the day after Buddy Holly’s untimely death, and that kid would have been forgotten a month later unless that kid was someone as greatly talented as you are. You are a true gentleman, as gracious as you are talented. We send our thanks to you for all of the years of wonderful music and our sincere best wishes to your wife and you.

    Richard and Lorraine

  115. Kerry Roberts May 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed your music since I was in high school. I recently read about your alzheimer’s in the May 20th issue of the Tribune-Review. I heard about something that seems to help those with the disease. I heard Jim Quinn of Quinn and Rose in the morning on the Pittsburgh station FM 104.7 talking about how a friend was helped. I thought that you might be interested. I’ve attqched an e-mail that I recently received about the disease.

    Kerry Roberts

    Dear Cancer Defeated Reader,

    Please find below a very special video message from our trusted friend, Dr. Frank Shallenberger at Real Cures Letter. He has some very important information to share with you.

    Thank You,

    Lee Euler,
    President, Cancer Defeated

    How a Doctor Reversed Her Husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease in 37 Days

    If you’ve known anyone with Alzheimer’s disease, you know how heart-breaking it can be. Not only does it destroy a person’s mental abilities and dignity … but it wipes out the person’s very personality, leaving behind a mere shell of a human being. The body is there for you to see, but the person you know and love no longer exists.

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  116. Adam VanBeck May 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Grandpa Adam, is standing right next to me, he and our entire family are praying for you and sending you warm wishes. He will celebrate 97 years next week! Take care!!

  117. Dorothy Westfield May 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Bobby, did you get my letter? from Dorothy Westfield?

  118. Dorothy Westfield May 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    My sister & I had tickets to the Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, & Ritchie Valens, concert at the Armory in Duluth, Mn., 1959. You, Bobby Vinton, & others had filled in for them after that horrible plane crash. We were the two black girls standing in the front of the stage. You kept smiling & winking at me throughout your time on stage. Thank you for making me feel special that night, especially during a time of racial tension in our country. Teenagers like to be recognized by the artist on stage. Sorry, about the health issues you and your beautiful wife are enduring. My prayers are with you two. My husband and I hope the future holds these health issues resolved. God bless. Sincerely, and forever your fan, Dorothy Westfield [Retired RN].

  119. Linda Meeson May 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    You have been my idol since I was eleven now I am 61 and you still are my idol I have seen you alot of times when you have been touring.your songs mean alot to me. My prayers and love to you and Karen and pray that everythink goes fine for you both. I was the person who made you the moccasins for your birthday and I still have the email you sent me. All my love to you and Karen from linda here in the UK.

  120. Julia Martens June 1, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    I don;t suppose that you will ever read this, but I just want to let you know how much pleasure you gave us kids in the Pacific Islands. We would find anyone who had a radio who would tune into the hit parades and fall in love with you. I pray that you and your family fine the love of God in your lives and that you will be blessed by him for giving the world so much pleasure.

    • Bobby Vee June 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Hi Julia & All~ Dad reads this site daily as do we all. As I type this we are in the waiting room at Duke University Hospital where my Mother is in the middle of her long awaited lung transplant surgery. Needless to say, our plates and days have been full. Taking them one at a time and sorting our way thru the mystery.

      This is a long overdue greeting to all. With love & gratitude from the entire Vee clan.


      • Billy Hallquist June 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

        Great news regarding the transplant. My best to you all.

      • MN Mike Chase June 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

        Bobby, Lisa and I send our prayers and support for Karen and you and your family.
        MN Mike

      • Craig June 5, 2012 at 10:48 am #

        Bobby & family – saying a prayer for you as you sit at the hospital.

      • Craig Moore June 5, 2012 at 10:52 am #

        Jeff – can’t imagine how nervous you all must be. Rest assurred there is a tidal wave of optimism, hope & blessings coming your way from around the world. We’re all in the waiting room with you.

      • Kathy Caliaro June 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

        Jeff, Loads of prayers are going your Mom’s way right now. Thanks for keeping us updated. Love and warm thoughts to you, your Dad, and the rest of the family. Such an emotional time for all of you, but your love for one another will get you through this.
        Bob and Kathy Caliaro

      • lily hyatt June 7, 2012 at 5:46 am #

        Thank you for the update , All I wish to say is I will keep all of you in my prayers , sending alot of love your way .

      • D V Rogers June 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

        Dear Bobby, When I first read your letter on the website I felt so sad to hear your news,it has been such a very difficult time for you all,my thoughts have stayed with with you and your family. Wonderful news that Karen now had the transplant and wish her a safe and full recovery. As one of your many fans you touched my life with your music. I have so many memories. I remember saving up to buy my first LP Bobby Vee ‘s Golden Greats and going into one of the local record shops to listen to A Forever Kind Of Love in one of those booths which were popular at that time, I was completely blown away It still remains a favourite.

        As a young teenager growing up in the sixties I collected autographs, I reserved the middle pages in the hope that I would one day get your autograph. The dream came true in Sept 1988 after your concert in Portsmouth. I met you with my two teenage daughters. Finally I got your autograph on the pages I had reserved all those years ago. I was on cloud nine for days. I have been so privileged to meet you and your lovely family on a number of occasions. You took the time to talk and have photos taken, those moments are very special. You once called me the eternal teenager, A phrase that will always stay with me. Bobby I just want to say a big thank you and wish you a very happy healthy and long

        You will always remain part of my life.

        With much love

        Diana Rogers

  121. elaine134 June 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Bobby & family, my husband & I are also praying for you and Karen, as are many of your fans. Be sure you and your family asks all the Doctors & Nurses any questions that you and your family may have post-op, and during the recovery period. During my 20 years experience as a hospital nurse, I have found that family members have questions but are afraid of bothering the doctors & nurses with too many questions. There is no such thing as too many questions. God bless. your fan, Dorothy Westfield.

  122. linda meeson June 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Fantastic news about operation hope Karen gets on the road to recovery soon my love and prayers are sent to you from your fan linda in the uk.PS.keep your spirits we are all behind you all

  123. Ron Furmanek June 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Dear Bobby & Karen,
    You both are in our prayers
    God Bless
    Ron Furmanek & Family

  124. Jennifer Stevens June 9, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Dear Bobby and Family (Just a line to say hello x )

    When I read your letter to your fans on your website, I couldn’t help but shed many tears, I think your so brave in the manner that your handling the as you say ‘mystery of life’ and I pray for both yourself and Karen as well as the family, whom I, with my family have had the pleasure of getting to know and love over the many years we’ve been in touch. Your loyalty to your fans and friends is so sincere xx In my role here at home as Care Worker over the past 17 years – I have assisted many many people whom share your condition, to reassure you a little I hope, I know we’ve progressed so far medically and we are fortunate to know that treatment these days can be so effective. You’ve been a very large part of my life and family for so long, and we’ve lived every note and song of yours, through many many fun happy times, and many not so happy times, your voice and music have never failed to lift me up and make me smile, even on the darkest of days, for that I will always thankful. I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to pay you a visit at the Jo Town Rocks festival at Minnesota last year, we enjoyed every second there, and were made to feel so welcome, thank you so much. If there is ever anything I could possibly do for you and your family in any small way – I will always be here for you. I hope your little keepsake that I sent in your last letter last year (little cross in a pocket) brings you some comfort – your in our prayers and thoughts. Wishing you and your family lots of love and support.

    Lots of Love always

    Jennifer Ron and Family
    South Wales xx

  125. Jeanne Legge June 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Prayers for your wife’s recovery and future good health–and for you and your entire family as you confront this hurdle in life. You have given your fans so much of your life for so many years and, as you can see from the response, it was appreciated. Still miss you in Branson!

  126. catholicboyrichard June 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on catholicboyrichard and commented:
    THIS made me cry…to those of you anywhere near my age group, and even if not, Bobby Vee was–and is–one of the most amazing legends out there. And he loves Christ and the Church. On my FB page I posted the following link from CNN– and this thought–

    “May I ask ALL of you to please pray for Bobby Vee, who by the way is a devout Catholic Christian. I was privileged to meet him a few years ago (2008 I believe) with my sister Margaret at a “Cradle of Hope” benefit concert here in the Twin Cities. Cradle of Hope exists to help young women who became pregnant in order to be able to keep their babies. It is a pro-life group in the truest sense. Bobby Vee did—and does– God’s work but never bragged on it. But I had just a moment after the concert to tell him how I appreciated his witness and Catholic Faith and I believe it truly moved him. Strange, that night felt like the end of an era–and it was. Give him your love and prayers, your Masses and at least a Rosary or two. He surely deserves it. And he is only 11 years older than me. Life goes fast.”

  127. maccascruff June 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Bobby, Karen and family,

    I did not hear of the news of the illnesses of Bobby and Karen until today. I hope Karen’s transplant will be successful. Bobby, my thoughts are with you as you continue your journey with this disease.

    I was privileged to see you at the Iowa State Fair many times. We would sit there as long as you were going to appear and watch all of your performances. We were supposed to see you at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque in December 2009, but you fell ill. The Vees gave us a mini-concert. Unfortunately for us, the make up date was on the same night as my nephews college graduation and family comes first. I had no idea it would be my last opportunity to see you.

    I did write you and you were kind enough to send a Christmas card to me, which I cherish.

    You and Karen are in my thoughts now and forever. Take care.


  128. Mike Warner June 11, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    All the very best from across the ocean (Germany, to be correct).
    Saw you in Clovis, NM in 1994 and your show was simply grrrreat!

  129. judy hepworth June 12, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Hi to you all,so pleased to hear Karen has had her operation,hope all goes well for you both,thinking of you and remembering the good fun timesand the shows,God bless,take good care,love Judy,Malcolm and Simon

  130. Brenda June 12, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Bobby, this life really takes twists and turns that we never thought of when we were teenagers in the 1960’s. Gracious, it was a good time! I am now in my mid-sixties and caring for my husband who is in the moderate stages of Alzheimers. You are very brave to bring this to the forefront and I wish for you and your wife only the best. Thanks for the memories!

  131. Kathy Caliaro June 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Dear Bobby and Family,
    Thanks so much for the update on Karen. We’ve been waiting for good news on her surgery and were thrilled to see that she is doing so well. Guess they are “Taking Good Care of your Baby” at Duke. That is simply fantastic, or as you stated – a miracle. Lots of prayers were answered, that’s for sure. It must have been a long and exhausting week for all of you, but you were there together, staying strong for your beautiful wife, Momma, and Grandma. Those smiles and that love and support go a long way in the healing process. God bless you all as you continue on your journey.
    Bob and Kathy Caliaro

  132. Brenda Woods June 13, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Bill and I watch each day for news of Karen and her journey to good health. I know that a health issue as serious as Karen’s doesn’t just affect her, it’s the whole family. We are sending our love and prayers that she is soon feeling great as I know that will also give you strength. We love you all!

    Brenda and Bill woods

  133. Irene Williams June 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Dear Bobby,
    By chance I entered your website(suffering 60’s music withdrawals) as I had contacted the site some time ago and had a very nice reply from your son. I was hoping to see you in the UK at some time. I must say reading your letter upset me so much but my immediate thought was “how wonderful to be such a loving and close family” I am sure that you will have many happy and fruitful years ahead. I was lucky enough to see you in London in the early 60’s and then again maybe 2 decades later. I hope this little story of my Bobby Vee obsession brings a smile to your face.
    In 1962 my mother gave me ten shillings (1 dollar then, I think) to collect a roll of wallpaper for my Father to finish decorating our sitting room. This I was to do on my way home from school. Forever the dreamer, I found the money in my purse and honestly did not know why it was there. A LOTTERY WIN!!! I went immediately to the record shop and bought ‘RUN TO HIM’ I was playing the record when my mother returned from work and of course she asked me where I had put the wallpaper. You can imagine the scene.
    I remember that she said” Your Father cannot paper the walls with RUN TO HIM!!

    I am so sad not to see you on tour here but believe that Karen and you should take time to stop and smell the roses together, as you have given a lifetime of pleasure to us all.

  134. linda meeson June 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    fantastic news about karen who might be going home thanks to all the staff,doctors,nurses,everyone who has been helping karen from the bottom of my heart thank you all,also the donor words cant say how much their help has done for karen,so thank you.please pass my thanks on to all at the hospital.dont try to rush things karen when you get home take each day as they come and you will build up your strength.i know that your family are going to help love and prayers are still sent to you bobby and all the family.i hope that you read from linda here in the uk.

  135. Sue and Dave Williams and Sue Cokley, Bristol, UK June 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you so much Jenny for your update, giving us the news of Mum’s amazing progress … well done Karen for being such a fighter and well done to all the Velline family for being such fantastic supporters. We echo your thanks to all those who have made this possible. Thank you too for sharing your hospital photos of Mum and Dad – just great to see them both with such broad grins! Time for you all now to relax a bit and let some of the stress slip away. Get stronger every day Karen and enjoy being spoilt by your wonderful family. With lots of love Sue

  136. elizabeth johnstone June 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I have such respect for you Bobby and your family. I first met you in Hamilton, Ontario in the early 60’s when I was so proud to be one of your fan club presidents. You were so down to earth and treated me like a friend. You always have time for your fans. Forty years later you were in Niagara Falls, Ont. and again I was fortunate to speak with you and then again 2 years later. This time I was happy to meet Karen and Jeff and Tommy. You were still that nice guy with a great family and time for everyone.
    My thoughts are with you and your wonderful family. The pleasure you have brought to so many is immeasrable. Your success is not only your music but the happiness you have brought to so many of us for 50 years. Being such a good man is something to be proud of and the great family you have raised.
    My love and prayers to you and yours.
    Elizabeth Jeffery Johnstone

  137. soulcoaxer June 20, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Dear Bobby, Karen and Family,

    There’s always a first time Bobby. You’re the first musical performer I’ve ever written to.

    I was prompted by a good friend to check your web site. The short story was wonderful and so was the video. They moved me in a positive way. I navigated promptly to your discography on Wikipedia. It required less than a minute to pick out the list of songs that resonated with me. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have liked the many other songs, but I never had the opportunity to listen. As for my favorites, well, I never forgot them, and like many our age, I always marvel that I can remember the words verbatim, and the melody too, but frequently struggle a wee bit with such daunting ponderings as where and with whom did I have lunch yesterday. Pretty amazing considering I’ve not been diagnosed with any form of what you now say you harbor – at least, not yet. It’s been said that there are those who do and those who don’t, and I like to think I’m fortunate for being one who does: make strong connections between particular songs, the time, place and associated happy experiences. Along with my favorite tunes, my re-enjoyment comes to me both in specific memories as well as in periods or eras of time, sometimes stretching over many months, years and even decades.

    There’s little doubt that “Devil or angel”, “Run to him”, “Take good care of my baby”, “Rubber ball”, “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”, and “Come Back When You Grow Up”, are most memorable to me. That spans well over a decade, but I continued to enjoy them, and within the last year, I did purchase your greatest hit CD, to replace the one I wore out. So really, your music has gifted me with a lifetime of enjoyment and pleasure. And through your music, I’m able to relive all the happy surrounding memories of girl friends, classmates, my car record player and 8-track, and much more.

    My mind is bursting with many surreal feelings at this instant. For the majority of the past 66 years, I would never have guessed I would ever be writing to you, or, that you might have suggested such, nor that you would be interested in my thoughts, and that I would accomplish the communication electronically – who knew! Another aspect of this soul sharing is that truly, time is the ultimate equalizer, and I no longer feel that we are separated by your huge success and notoriety. As it turns out, we are merely two more examples of decent folk who work hard to make a living, enjoy friends and family, attempt to make the world a better place, and to do as little harm to other folk and nature as possible during our journey. Truly, we shall end our journey at the same destination, though likely at a different time.

    I am with you spiritually, and I shall thank you for the hours and hours of great music that warmed my heart and brought joy to my life since 1960 and beyond. I shall keep you and family in my prayers daily. Over the decades you always seemed like a decent soul, and now that suspicion was verified.

    All good things, always,

    Robert Sackett, Whittier/Brea/Yorba Linda, California

  138. Don Woods June 22, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    I have just heard of Bobby’s illness and am deeply saddened.I had the honour and priviledge of working with him on his last British tour…both at The Floral Pavillion on Wirral..and the North Wales Theatre in Llandudno….he is undoubtedly the nicest and kindest man I have ever worked with…a pure delight…I am eternally grateful to have been a small part in this lovely man’s career…my thoughts are with him and his family…as ideed they will always be…a great legend.
    Don Woods

  139. Hazel Boyle June 23, 2012 at 4:45 am #


    I would just like to thank you for many, many enjoyable hours listening to your music and watching your concerts. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. THANK YOU!

  140. Ceasar The Original Tymes June 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Bobby,
    I just want to thank you for the times that we shared together. I was always a pleasure. you and your family are the greatest. Sometimes we all will have to look back and say, we had a great time.
    Entertaining and meeting people. I wish you and your family the best.
    Thanks for letting me be a part of your life.
    The Original Tymes

  141. Sheila Simm June 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi Bobby
    So sorry to hear of your health problems and those of your wife. You were my idol when I was a teenager and I have always loved your music. I had the pleasure of seeing you in concert in England in the sixties and again in the nineties when you did UK tours.

    God bless from an English fan

    Sheila Simm

  142. Audrey Rosenberg June 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Dear Bobby
    I can’t find the words to express how much you and your music has meant to me. As a teenager I had your posters up in my room and even wore your picture in a gold locket. I remember the joy and excitement of seeing you in concert in the 60’s.

    On my 60th birthday a few years ago a friend of mine who knew me in those days gave me my greatest birthday gift – a copy of sheet music autographed by you.

    My thoughts and prayers are always with you.

    Audrey Rosenberg

  143. Tim Seay July 3, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Being born in ’61 my memory of pop music was of the 70’s-80’s. I missed out on Bobby Vee’s generation of music. Last week I “discovered” Bobby Vee when I happened to run across a Scopitone music video “The night has a thousand eyes” on Youtube. I’m hooked and now a fan. God bless him and his family. Over the decades and even now he continues to entertain people with his talent.

  144. Gary Weber July 6, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    The summer time son reminds me of the Rocking days in the 60’s when we were playing Bobby Vee and all the other great artists, especially form this area. Every day I drive by the Dl Pavilion and think of those rocking good bands and dances there..I think of you when I see your sons performing and how good they are .. You trained them Well. Peace and Love Back to you. Your Radio, Music Fan & friend.
    Gary Weber Kool radio..Keep Rocking..

  145. Dan LaVille. July 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    May God bless you and your family!!! Thank you for your wonderful music through the years… you will be in our prayers!

  146. Judy Niemi July 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Bobby, Prayers and thoughts are with you and Karen. I met you back in 1983 and saw you every year at Ironworld in Chisholm. Every year we took our traditional picture and every year i brought it back so i could get you to sign it, and take another one. That lasted until your last year at Ironworld in 1995. Those were such special years I treasure my album with all our pictures together, and truely treasure all the concerts my husband and i got to see. Then we saw you at Fortune Bay for a couple of years, and also at the Virginia High School where you and Fabian and others played for the benefit concerts for the Hibbing College Law Enforcement Scholarships. Many good concerts there also. and pictures and more pictures!!!!!! I hope you remember that special album that we always shared. Blessings and prayers for you and you special family.

  147. Dorothy Westfield July 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Dear family, friend, and fans; has anyone heard how Karen & Bobby are doing? Sincerely, Dorothy Westfield [ fan ].

  148. Kathy Caliaro July 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Check the news section on the site, and there’s an update on Karen. From the pictures of her and Bobby, they look wonderful – big smiles and they look more in love than ever. Sweet! Thanks Jenny, for the update. So glad things are going well. Will continue the prayers.
    Kathy Caliaro

    • Dorothy Westfield July 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Thank you very much Kathy for the update and where to go for the updates. It’s greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Dorothy Westfield

      • Kathy Caliaro July 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        Your welcome, Dorothy. It’s so kind of Jenny and the family to keep us informed about how Karen and Bobby are doing. From those pictures, I’d say they are much relieved and are happy and thankful for each day. Hopefully, the rest of Karen’s recovery will go smoothly, with few bumps in the road.
        Kathy Caliaro

  149. Gary Shannon July 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    You and your family are in my prayers. Thanks for all the great music. I’ve been a broadcaster for 35 years. Never met you but my fellow broadcasters who have (Dick Bartley, Hubcap Carter and the late Wolfman Jack all list you among the nicest of the stars they have met.
    God Bless you and your wonderful family.

  150. Steve Hendrix July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Bobby, You have given the World the best gift of your Music and Talent. Thanks for the memories and your Friendship. You are the Best! Our Prayers are with you and Karen. You enjoy your retirement to the fullest.

  151. Gloria Silvestri July 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Just read in one blog that karen has received her lung transplant . She and your family in my prayers. hope everything comes along great pray is powerful Sinserly Gloria Silvestri

  152. Kathy Caliaro August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Dear Vellines,
    Thanks so much for another update on beautiful Karen. And that picture of Bobby and Karen walking on the beach is just stunning. Just like Frankie and Annette from “Beach Blanket Bingo”. Ha. All that’s missing is Karen’s little swim hat from those home movies on YouTube. Sorry to hear about the bumps in the road, but I know, with Bobby holding Karen’s hand and that loving family of yours, you’ll have a success story. Am sure home will look so good to all of you. I’m very sorry for your losses. Hospital situations can bring people close together. You’re all there for the same reason, and you pray for each other. I can just imagine how difficult it must be when one doesn’t make it. Keep thinking those good thoughts, and I hope that by the end of the month, you’ll be walking through your front door, free of an oxygen tube, and saying, “There’s no place like home.”
    Love and prayers,
    Kathy Caliaro

  153. Kathy Caliaro August 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    It’s me again. Guess I didn’t read your news update very well. You ARE home! Horray! It’s the rehab sessions that are done at the end of the month. My wishes are still the same – get strong, and keep positive. For anyone who hasn’t seen the latest update, click on the “news” section of
    Kathy Caliaro

  154. Dorothy Westfield August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Dear Vee clan, just read the update. WELCOME HOME KAREN, and all of you!! Congratulations on your successful transplant! Now, get plenty of rest & relaxation for the rest of your journey, which I’m sure will also be successful because you have an amazing support group! Sorry for the loss of your friend, may she R.I.P. God bless!

  155. Sean Mc Carthy August 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Bobby, I have loved your music over the years and wish you and your family the best always. Thank you for the friendship and love you showed to my aunt Sally Fisher, and allowed her her to record her favorite ukulele songs at your studio. A fan forever.

  156. Nancy Landers August 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Bobby, I am 63 now and have listened to your songs every since I was in high school. I love them and I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I know this disease well, as m y grandmother and mother had and died from this disease. I know that cancer is bad, but I think losing your mind is much harder. Your family sounds just wonderful and they will be there for you. It is so good that your wife got her operation and I hope that she has a speedy recovery. Just keep spending your time with your family and making memories, because in the end that is all we have but our memories. My dad died when he was 51 from a massive heart attack and missed both my brothers weddings and only the birth of 2 grandchildren, my 1st two kids, but not the youngest one and the other 7 from my brothers. I will pray for you, that maybe they will have some control measures for this disease in your lifetime, as I have heard on Dr Oz. Stay optimistic and healthy otherwise. I will listen to your songs forever. A fan…Nancy Landers, Hudson, FL

  157. Alex Meyer August 23, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Dear Bobby, I was a mere 8 years old when “Come Back When You Grow Up” was released. At that point I went searching for all your music and discovered a landslide of songs that would become lifetime favorites. Songs like “Suzie Baby” , “Take Good Care of my Baby, “Charms” and “Rubber Ball” would have never been major hits had they not been performed by you.

    Your warmth and grace are all over those recordings. Your music and your kindness in this life lift you beyond the mere “star” status. You are a musical and cultural icon . Thanks for making my life so much happier through your music.

  158. Jesus M. Castillo August 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Your songs and music have brought me lots of happy times and left life long memories. Two songs ,”Take Good Care of My Baby” and “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” will forever remind me of a girl I was crazy about but she would not even give me the time of day. Her name was Laura. Even now, that I am in the autumn of my years, everytime I hear those two songs, I think of Laura and how it would’ve been to spend my life with her. But, life is indeed a mystery. Good luck and good health to you and you family. JMC

  159. Kathy Caliaro August 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Vee Family, It’s almost the first of the month again, so I’m hoping there’ll be another update on Karen. The focus has been primarily on her lately, so am wondering how Bobby is doing through all of this, as he deals with his own health issues. You kids are simply wonderful to your parents. They raised you right, and are now reaping the benefits of their good work. Keep on making those memories. And I pray they’ll all be positive ones.
    Kathy Caliaro

  160. Judy Leatherwood August 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Dear Bobby, Hi my name is Judy age 55. I have been a fan of yours for years. My mom loves your music also. I have never seen you in concert but on Tv. You are so awesome as a singer & a awesome person. I will always play your music. I seen one of your movies years ago with you playing as a country boy that was really good. I will either buy your movies are rent them. I will by more of your cs’s I hope in each month. I am really sorry about you having your illness & your wife karens transplant. Very happy she is home now with you and your wonderful family and that she is feeling better. I hope and pray every day gets better for the both of you. I also pray for your family. My moms mother died the age 88 with Alzheimer’s. She was a wonderful lady I dearly loved. My Dad died age 76 nove-2002 with liver cancer. We miss him so much. He also was a wonderful Christian man. By the way I have a brother who I am very close to & him name is Bobby. He will be 59 Sept. Bobby,Karen & your family hang in there “One day at a time like Jesus song. Take care God bless you always love your friend & fan
    Judy leatherwood.

  161. Rene Dwight September 1, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Hi Bobby

    Firstly so sorry to hear the news, I thought I would post this. I am no expert on the subject but recalled a recent news report on the latest alzheimers research. You might be interested in taking a look at this

    I believe this is not the only recent breakthru and on a positive note medical advances are running at an accelerated rate nowdays, they can how do in 6 months what once took 10 years….

    On another not just wanted to say I have always been a huge fan..

    Always loved your music as did my Dad

    2 songs I especially like…
    “Devil or Ange”
    “All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me”

    And of course all your hits..

    Best wishes

    Rene Dwight
    United Kingdom

  162. Kathy Caliaro September 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Phew! I just read Tommy’s compelling update on what’s been happening with his dear Mom. Thank you for that. As things started to get more tense in your story, I found myself reading faster and faster, in anticipation of what would happen next. You definitely had “angels” watching over you. I am so relieved to know that all is better now after your scare. It’s amazing how those medications can help one thing, but then cause harm in certain combinations. But things are back on the positive side again, and that’s definitely a really good thing. I’m just sorry you had to go through that.
    I couldn’t help but chuckle at Tommy’s comments on him being the “favored one” Ha. It makes me think of Bobby’s shows, when he would introduce the boys. And when it came to Tommy, he’d just shake his head and ask “How many of you have a “Tommy” in your family?” As we would know what he meant. Tommy, thank you for your wit. Am sure it’s a great and much-needed source of comfort to your Mom and Dad.
    I’m sure you probably wonder if things will ever get back to normal. Well, you just hang in there and keep thinking good thoughts. You do the healing and we’ll do the praying.
    Hugs and Prayers,
    Kathy Caliaro

  163. Mike Richards September 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Whilst I was saddened to hear your news it made me reflect on my earliest memories of you when I was around 13/14 years of age. Those early hits, great “B” sides too!

    I did my growing up to your songs. Many years later I got to meet you over dinner at Wembley, UK where you performed with a host of other stars including my old buddy Duane Eddy. You told me about Eddie Brackett taking care and time in mixing down your music into those beautiful stereo masters. You were a perfect gentleman and so friendly. I have a box set of your singles along with a collection of twofer double album CD sets of superb rock and roll, standards, love songs and a collaboration with The Crickets – after all these years I still get immense pleasure from them all. I now run a radio station targetted at the over fifties and guess who gets a lot of plays? Your good self of course and I have often shared my meeting with you back in the 1980’s with my listeners.

    Thank you for everything you have done.

    Mike Richards
    Lincoln City Radio (UK) Music Across The Styles and Decades

  164. Ervin Dorsey September 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I met you many years ago at the Gang Ranch branding corrals. We owned the neighboring ranch called the Sky Ranch. We were passing thru with our cows while the Gang ranch was branding. The sidwells were friends of ours! Hope you get this Bobby . Love to talk to you again!

  165. Wanda Sayler September 11, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Bobby, I am a North Dakota girl myself. I loved your music and knew and still know all the words to your songs. I had the priviledge of meeting you when I lived in Fargo, North Dakota. I worked with a gentlemen (Bob) who said he went to school with you and knew you as a close friend. Of course I did not believe him, he was such a joker all the time. Low and behold, you danced over to our table and took my hand! I almost melted in my seat…..Later you came over to the table and everyone talked and laughed about old times. I was so impressed by you and your talent. Good luck with your newest challenge in your life as well as your wife’s health. Your friend is right, getting old is not for sissy’s!!!!

  166. Vic Demaria September 14, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    Hey Bobby , you were the sound track of my teen age years. Your music and lyrics hold great memories of days gone by. Very sorry for your health challenges for you and your wife. My wife as well as myself are also faced with some challenges ahead. i hope all turns out well for you both. will keep you both in our prayers

  167. muhsaiker September 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    even if you, Bobby, will never read this post – I would like to express my admiration to you for all of your songs – I love every single of them!
    I’m only 15 years old, but already one of your biggest fans! Thank you very, very much!

    Warmest greetings from Austria –

    PS: Please excuse my broken english – it is only ‘school knowledge’ of English…

  168. Darlene Hulteen September 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. You have given each us from the golden era of the fifties and sixties much joy. I saw your performance in Thief River Falls and remember Hall Freeman of Fargo (now in TRF) reminiscing about selling you clothes at the Penney’s store in Fargo.

    I have tickets for a performance by the Shadows tomorrow night at the Chester Fritz in Grand Forks and will enjoy every minute – wishing we could hear your voice too.

    God’s blessings, peace and strength during your walk through life.

  169. Judy Leatherwood October 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Dear Bobby still in my prayer’s your wife Karen & your family. I hope you are feeling better each day. I hope your treatment is working for you & Karen is healing very well. Can someone send me an up date on how you are doing. How can I join your fan club? Take care, God bless you always Love your friend & fan. Judy Leatherwood.

  170. Bob and Kathy Caliaro October 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks so much, Jenny, for the update on your Mom. Sounds like there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Yippee! Am sure Minnesota will look awfully good to your folks. It’s been a long journey. How has your Dad dealt with all of this? Am sure it’s been difficult, and he must have been pretty scared at times. But you kids have been fantastic. Such a loving and supportive family. What a blessing. By the way, that picture that you included of your Mom was adorable. Such a beautiful lady, still with her “little girl” charm. She looks like she could be on the cover of a magazine. So sweet! Love the umbrella. Hope all goes well with the remaining tests and that you’ll get your Mommy and Daddy home soon.
    Continued prayers.
    Bob and Kathy Caliaro

    ould be in the cover of a magazine.

  171. Bobby October 6, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Just like Stevie Nicks, your music career has staying power. Thank you Bobby Vee for the magic through the years. Much love~ Bobby

  172. Cindy Blattner October 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Dear Bobby and family,
    I have loved your music since I first heard you back in the early 60’s. My husband and I and his sister were eating at Fishers’ Club one Friday night and you along with your family walked in and said hello to Sally. My sister-in-law wanted to run up and tell you that she saw you the first time she wore her straight skirt. I had everything I could do to keep her seated. I regret that I held her back. Wish I would have come up to you and thanked you for sharing your music and let you get a good laugh about the “skirt” experience!

    So sorry to hear about about your cognitive diagnosis and Karen’s health issues. As I read, she had a lung transplant. I pray it turned out well.

    I want you to know that I walked with you in my heart during the Walk to end Alzheimer’s on September 29, 2012 at Lake George in St. Cloud. My eldest sister was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment this past spring, my dear friend from St. Cloud, Mary, was diagnosed a year ago, my father, grandfather, and brother in law all passed with Alzheimer’s. My niece is coordinator of Alzheimer’s Minnesota – North Dakota chapter and works in the St. Cloud office. Carol works 7 days a week toward the end of this devastating disease — to promote awareness and provide and enhance support for those affected. She introduced a memory support group for both the caregiver and the person affected in the spring that was so successful the members requested they continue on, so it begins again in November. I heard Bob Hoye speak so enthusiastically about his experience with the group at the Walk and just wanted to make sure I let you know that it is available if you want to check it out as are other good programs right here. Know that you are not alone and you are loved.

    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  173. margaret Johnson October 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Bobby Vee you have touched the hearts of so many with your songs you were my first teen crush I was 13 when you were 17 oh well. I play the cd of yours that I got at a sock hop you played in MInnetonka a few years ago it is my feel good music in my car. I will never forget you and Fabian you were both so nice that night. God Bless you and your family you will be in My prayers.
    Margaret Johnson

  174. Manny J. Rojas October 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Dear Bobby & Karen,

    It’s been a long time since we last corresponded (1999); but, I still treasure the time we hosted you and your family during your first visit/concert at The Villages in Florida. My daughter Marney (who was 12 years old then) and I most enjoyed our visit to St. Augustine. I thank you again for giving me the record with “It might as well rain until September”.

    Since then, I retired from the music promotion business and moved to Port Orange (just south of Daytona Beach to spend more time with my family. My only daughter Marney developed a very rare liver disease that caused her to have two strokes while in college and a subsequent kidney transplant. This November 2 she will be celebrating her 26th birthday. I share this information with you and Karen, in efforts of giving you hope. All things are possible with God’s help and you and her will certainly be in my prayers. I’m not sure if Karen has had her lung transplant yet, but let her know that Marney celebrated her second anniversary and the new anti rejection medications are wonderful and with very little side effects. Marney received her kidney at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where she continues to be a patient. Her underlying disease requires weekly visits. Again, I will pray for both of you and trust that God will keep you in his palm and slow down the progression of your desease. Please say hello to the rest of your family. Your boys fondly called Marney “Hank”. I keep the autograph rubber ball in my memorabilia room!

    Still your #1 fan and CHARMS is my favorite all time song.

    With much love,

    Manny & Marney Rojas

  175. Mike October 29, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Growing up on the East Coast of Canada and coming home from school to listen to the Radio and hearing Bobby Vee was a real treat. Bobby’s song’s made those years all the better, it was a time of innocence that will never be repeated. Thank you Bobby for making those years memorable. All the very best in your journey thru this life. If there is another side, may you play your music for eternity.

  176. Kathy Caliaro November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I keep watching every day, hoping that your next update on Mom will find her back home in Minnesota. Your family has been through so much. Just want you to know that our prayers are still with you.
    Love and hugs,
    Kathy Caliaro

  177. Marian Elavsky November 17, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Bobby: I hope you and your family are doing well. We really miss you!
    Your “charms” fan from Florida,
    Marian Elavsky

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      Hello Bobby and Family, I am Ron Seevers sister from Galion Ohio and I thought you would want to know that Ron passed away last Wednesday the 14th. We have been going through his belongings and found this letter from you. We are praying that you and your wife are better. Ron had told us you were sick and he was so upset about it. He suffered at the last and we know he is in a better place and with his two sons now. His graveside service is this Friday the 23rd, he will be buried between his sons.We could not find an address book of Ron’s so we thought you might get this email, he would want you to know about his passing. Thank you for your friendship to Ron, We think he was your number 1 FAN.We are hoping to play a couple of your songs for him at his service. Take care and God Bless you and your wife and your family. Larry and Rena Lovely

  178. Kathy Caliaro November 24, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Hope all the Vees had a wonderful Thanksgiving. You have been blessed with the greatest gift of all – the love of a good family. Hope you were all together, just as you have been, through all of your challenges this year. God bless you all.
    Love, Bob and Kathy Caliaro

    • Kathy Caliaro November 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      Hello Vees, Thanks so much for filling us in on your Mom’s progress. It was wonderul to hear that she’s home for the holidays and things are going well with her health. Having all that good cooking from friends and neighbors should help her gain those 10 pounds. Please thank her for the beautiful blessing that she passed on to us. Have a happy holiday season and good luck as you continue on your road to a full recovery.
      Blessings right back to you.
      Love, Bob and Kathy Caliaro

  179. John Hoye December 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Bobby i feel i can address you as Bobby as i was born May 4, 1943. Your music and lifestyle are really an example for all of us, your fans. I grew up where everyone of your songs was an event in my life. I never had the opportunity to see you in person and I really wished I had, really my loss. I went on the web looking for tour events and that is where I received the updates. I really pray all is well for you and yours and going in a positive direction as you have always been a positive individual. I really wish you and your family a merry and healthy christmas. It would be great to see you with Fabian, Frankie, Bobby at an event only if it was to say HI to all of your fans..Your music and smile will live on forever.
    Love, John and Joyce Hoye

  180. Sandra King December 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Hello, Bobby, Karen & Family
    I am so sorry to hear of your family heartaches!
    I was born in 1951 and, Bobby, you were the very first person I saw in concert live!
    It was 1960 in the UK at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens.
    I can pretty well remember most of the acts that shared the concert with you … There were the Springfields a trio (Dusty Springfield was a member) Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Billy Burden a local comedian. I was 9 years old and totally in love with you! My very first crush! You were such a big part of my growing up and the music keeps me young!!!
    I also remember you used to have a 15 minute radio slot on Radio Luxemburg? on a monday night and I was allowed to stay up late to listen to you!
    I still love to listen to your music today and will go on listening until I am no longer able!
    Thank you so much for so many happy memories.I will treasure them always!
    I wish you all only happiness!
    My fondest love
    Sandra King

    Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, United Kingdom

  181. Chuck Melburg December 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Bobby; I want to thank you for so many great memories of a grand childhood listening to you music. I am sadden to hear of your health problems. At 66 years now I have carried you and your music in my heart. Now is my time to keep you and your wife and family in my heart and prayers. In CHRISTS love CHUCK MELBURG

  182. Kathy Caliaro December 28, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Hope all the Vees had a wonderful and joyous Christmas and that 2013 will be a good year for you all, with much less drama than last year. You have such a lovely family, and you seem to keep the Christmas spirit going all year long. Would love it if you could share another family picture on your site. Then they should use that picture in the dictionary, right next to the definition of “family”. As your family is a perfect example of what a family should be. Oh, I’m not saying you are perfect, as I’m sure you’ve had your challenges along the way. But when it’s crunch time, you come together and unite as one. You stay strong for each other. So as Mom and Dad Vee celebrate another wonderful year of marriage, I’m sure they’ll be proud and thankful for the way their children turned out.
    So, happy anniversary to Bobby and Karen, and happy new year to all the Vees.
    Love, Bob and Kathy Caliaro

  183. judy leatherwood December 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Dear Bobby & Karen, You are alway,s in my prayer,s. Hope you both are doing much better & your family is all doing alright? Hope you & your family are doing really good. Hope you & your family had a wonderful Merry Chrismas & have a blessed Happy Happy New Year 2013! Thank your son,s for the really nice picture program of you Bobby & I enjoyed the info. on you. Are you going to beable to do you concert,s again? If so that will be such a blessing for all your family, friend,s & fan,s. If so I hope & pray you come to our town San Antonio, TX & I hope I can meet you some day. Bobby God bless you & your Family. Your friend & fan forever, Love, Judy Leatherwood. P.S. Soon as I can I will send you an up date picture of me, my girl dog Bambi & my Mom. She Love,s your singing as I do. Take care.

  184. Tom Whyte January 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Cant find the words to say how much happiness you brought into my life with your music I wish you and your family all that you wish for yourselves….God Bless ….Tom Whyte

  185. linda wheeler January 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Loved your music for years.
    I will pray for you,and your wife.
    God Bless you and family

  186. Jim Backus January 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    I pray that God continues to grace you and yours. You have and continue to be a source of enjoyment for so many of us.


    • AL DIOTALEVI November 11, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Good one,Richard.
      What an awesome caring loving God we have.Bless everyone.

  187. Woody Wilson February 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi Bobbie and family,
    I live in Canada, but in 1966, I graduated from D.L.High. My mom was born and raised there. I sat in english class with a nice guy named Mike. He told me his older sister was married to you. Is this true? I think Mike”s folks owned a florist store. I hope all goes well with your health problems. God Bless……………..Woody in Saskatchewan, Canada

    • michele March 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      dear bobby vee and family we wish u the best in you’r health my god bless u and you’r family from michele and bob we love u all we have all you’r records and love them all from altoona pa god bless

  188. Gary Weber March 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Greetings from Detroit Lakes.. Sunny now However the snow is coming. I hope this short thought to let You Know Bobby and family, how were all thinking of you and your wonderful family. I keep some tabs when I can find Robby and his great stage show at the casino from time to time. Hope Jeff and Tommy are in some reunion concerts again in this area this coming 2013 summer.. When ever I drive by the Pavilion, on little Detroit lake I think of You and the 60’s energy and fun that came from that historic building.
    Wishing you Healing and Karen for the same.. You gave so much for years as a class entertainer and Person. I am grateful to have been able to enjoy it.
    thanks, From your Music friend.. Gary Weber Rock n Roll (KOOL 96) West Fargo ..

  189. Margaret Plant March 6, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Thank you Bobby, for your wonderful music I listened to as a teenager in London’s 60’s. I and friends were lucky enough to get to meet you in 1962 as we attended your shows. I have my scrap books with loads of press cuttings and writings along with autographs still. You and Karen are in my prayers.

  190. Greg Stevenson March 19, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Bobby, You unknowingly gave me hours and hours of bliss with your naturally great voice and beautiful songs.

  191. Shari seay March 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I just saw a short program about you on Rocky Mountain PBS. It was a great show that peaked my curiosity and I googled you. although, I was a bit too young to appreciate your music when it first appeared, I just spent the last few minutes listening. You are an artist, whose talents and contribution to music should not be forgotten. I wish you the very best and hope you can live each day as you wish.

    Shari seay mitchell
    Telluride, co

  192. judy leatherwood March 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Dear Bobby, I hope your treatment is helping you heal. Are you able to still sing?
    You are such an awesome singer and wonderful christian. You are very fortunate
    to have a wonderful christian family. God bless you & your family alway’s.
    Your fan & friend Judy Leatherwood from San Antonio, TX.

    • Margaret Plant March 23, 2013 at 3:12 am #

      Please let us hope that we hear some news from Bobby and his family soon.

  193. judy leatherwood April 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Dear Bobby, did I tell you I have one of my big brother’s name Bobby also. I am very close to him. He is an awesome Christian man like you are with a wonderful family. But he doe’snt sing like you. I hope someday I can get an autogh picture of you. I hope & pray you; your wife Karen are feeling alot better. I also wish I can meet you inperson.
    Have a blessed life with Karen & your wonderful family. Take care, Love, your friend & fan Judy Leatherwood. I hope to hear from you. Your my greatest singer in the world. You still look handsome also you awesome guy you.

  194. Kathy Caliaro April 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Once again, thank you Jenny, for the update on your Mom. I figured there would be bumps in the road, but I was hoping they wouldn’t give you such a big jolt. You’ve definitely been on a roller coaster ride, but as usual, you and your family have taken everything in stride. The main thing, you still have your sweet mama to hug. Just hang in there, I know God won’t give you more than you can handle. Attitude is everything, and your family gets an A-plus in how you’ve handled everything so far. Will keep the prayers headed in your direction. Bless you all.
    Kathy Caliaro

  195. Norma Worrall April 6, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    I went to a Silver 60’s evening in Buxton, Derbyshire last Thursday and looked to see if you would ever be coming over to England again. I was unaware of your health issues and just wanted to say that your voice and music was unforgettable . You show a positive and inner strength attitude to life that I greatly admire. What a star you are !!. xx

  196. Margaret Plant April 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Jen & Vee Family,

    Thanks for giving us an update on how your mom is getting on. I hope she stays free of any more infections so that she can eat, rest and sleep better than she has done in a long time. It must be very hard for you to find the right time to give us news as your days must be long and hard. But keep looking at the bright side and you can overcome any hurdles
    that may crop up. May your mom get stronger with each day.

  197. judy leatherwood April 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Bobby and Karen, I hope and pray you both are safe, happy and feeling alot better.
    Wishong you both and your family many many blessing’s for your life’s.
    My you have Peace, Joy and Jesus. Love, your friend and fan Judy Leatherwood
    from San Antonio, TX.

  198. margaret Johnson April 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    you have a big Birthday coming up Happy 70th and on the 50 Wedding Anniversary this year. Hope you have many more
    Margaret Johnson

  199. Sue Williams April 29, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday Bob. We hope you enjoy a wonderful day of celebration with Karen and all your family. With love to you all from Bristol, UK from “The 2 Sues” and Dave.

    Sue Williams

  200. Renee Harris April 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Happy 70th Birthday on Tuesday!!!!!! Best wishes to you, Karen, and your family as you celebrate. Love, Renee Harris

  201. Margaret Plant April 30, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    Wishing you a Happy 70th Birthday today Bobby, also wish the very best regards to Karen and all your family members and friends. Have a great day. Kindest regards, Margaret Plant

  202. John Lindquist April 30, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Bobby,
    Rockin’ John McDonald and I (“Reelin’ John”) will be doing a birthday special on WORT-FM in Madison, WI this coming Saturday. It will be hard to stuff hits and relative obscurities into those two hours! Your work with Jimmy Griffin on “Save A Love” will be a highlight for sure. Have a happy birthday! Looking forward to “The Adobe Sessions.”
    John Lindquist

  203. Donna Gregg April 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Happy Birthday. Your long time fans. Tom and Donna Gregg

  204. John Hoye April 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm #


  205. Gary Weber April 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Hello BOB
    A simple Happy Birthday and Wishing even a more special prayer for you and Karen to find strength and recover.
    Your wonderful family is a blessing for you, its even more special to know how they care for you and look out for all your needs in this time of physical challenges that are confronting you both They are Amazing Kids, inspiring and shows what great Parents You and Karen are..
    Stay strong, and Always KEEP ROCKING. in our hearts and souls. I play almost every week a VEE Family CD, A ROBBY VEE Cd and the original SOMA Cd is sitting right by my CD player now to take me through the afternoon workingman my office. Its the sensible alternative to political talk radio now days. GOD BLESS YOUR A GREAT ONE>>
    Gary Weber, Detroit Lakes Minn
    April 30 2013.

  206. Alan Cassaro April 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Bobby, happy 70th birthday. You still look great for your age. It must have been tough recording your old sessions with those whale oil laterns, but the music has held up quite well. And with all these high tech gadgets they’ve got now, you no longer have to use a megaphone. Hope you have a great day today. And more than anything, I hope you’re working on some new muisic. Rock out pal.

  207. trevor and jill hayden April 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Jill and Trevor Hayden we savour the memories of your shows in Norwich theatre royal and your photo with Jill is proudly on our shelves as we treasure musical memories all our best wishes are with for the future good luck

  208. John Hruby May 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    In the many years I have known you, and the great interviews on KFYR RADIO in Bismarck, you were always a top notch professional and never let your fans down. Alzheimer’s may change your life,but not in our minds….John Hruby

  209. Dan Taft May 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Hey Bobby,
    How fortunate I am to have met you twice in Marshall,MN and also in Tracy at concerts many years ago. You took time out before the concert to come to my booth and meet my friend who is blind. What a surprise he had, to know you were sitting next to him. Like a “Rubber Ball”, you will always come bouncing back to our memories of all the cherished times we have all had because of you!!

  210. tom richmond nj May 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Approaching 70 years now I recently gave my son my collection of hundreds of vinyl. You and Dion were my favorites back then, saw all the Allen Freed shows in N.Y. Just happened to be looking to see where you might be playing this summer and saw the sad news of your health. I have a tear in my eyes as I write this and realize the best we can do is enjoy every day with good fiends and family and cherish the memories. You are in my thought . tom

  211. Kathy Caliaro June 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Dear Vee Family,
    I just read the news from Jenny about how wonderful Momma Karen is doing. That is just fantastic. It’s been quite the year for your family, and you’ve all shown us how a family can come together in tough times. The love and strength by you kids have helped support your parents and got them through this crisis. Maybe now things can get back to normal a bit, but I know they’ll never be quite the same, as none of you are the same people you were, before all this happened. If it’s possible, you’ve all become a little more stronger, wiser, more loving and caring, and more thankful for your blessings. God bless everyone, and keep the good news coming. Love happy endings.
    Kathy Caliaro

  212. Margaret Plant June 11, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Great………………Wonderful news. Ditto the above and uplifting for all the Vee family and fans that take interest in your lives.

  213. Jim Kaag July 5, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I was a 14 year old budding musician in 1961 when you appeared at the Hamburg Field House in Hamburg, PA. I was mesmerized by your show as I stood off to the side of the stage. When you finished and with the crowd clapping, you walked down the steps of the stage, looked right at me and smiled, then shook my hand. I never forgot how genuine and unaffected you seemed at that moment. I played in bands in high school and college, then didn’t play in an organized group for 35 years until 7 years ago. A couple of friends and I formed an oldies group and played out for about five years. We had four Bobby Vee songs on our gig list and I sang them. Thanks for the memories, Bobby! All the best to you!

    Jim Kaag – Morris Plains, NJ

  214. diana August 9, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Hi Bobby and family…U.K. here…I will always have ‘a forever kind of love’ for you…many thanks for all the wonderful musical memories…

  215. Larry Peterson August 15, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    Bobby, my name is Larry Peterson and I am Stan and Mary Peterson’s great nephew. I was also born in Fargo in 1946 and lived there and Detroit Lakes for several years. Every summer we went back to Detroit Lakes to spend time with my relatives. It was with my Aunt Mary that I met you for the first time. I was also living in Portland , Oregon when both her and Stanley died. She was a wonderful lady. You came to Portland to perform in the 60’s and you had tickets waiting for myself and my brother , Bill, at the door. I really enjoyed visiting with you after your fantastic concert. Living in Ilwaco, Washington now . Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My email is Thanks for the beautiful music. Larry

  216. Jim Mason August 18, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    In early 1960 I got my first radio and four singers hit me and became my favorites right from the start. Del Shannon, Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison and my number one Bobby Vee. Great voices and great songs. They sang the anthems to my youth. Some years later I was fortunate enough to meet Bobby at a show in Garden City, Michigan. I got my courage up as I saw him standing alone and ran to him and gushed as so many fans do. Lo and behold he treated me as a friend. I have seen him many times since and he always treated me and my family like friends. We had the lights go out on us at a motel where Bobby performed with Del Shannon in Finley, Ohio during a storm. How cool is hanging out with Bobby in his motel room while he told us stories in the dark? I gave Bobby a ride from his motel to a performance in Cleveland where a security guard stopped us. I got upset and Bobby, in his usually unflappable manner, explained to the guard he was in the show. In the show? He was the star! I could go on and on but Bobby is as nice and sincere as his voice has always been and always will be on my vinyl albums. Like the button I gave his son says” Bobby Vee should be “Stayin In ” the rock and roll hall of fame. Thank you, Jim, Cher, Scott and Jessie Mason.

    • Margaret Plant August 20, 2013 at 2:38 am #

      Hi, I would just like to say how lucky you are to carry such a lovely memory. It was very uplifting to read this account. I hope you will get to meet him again one day.

  217. Vickie August 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I met Bobby on the Oldies Cruise put on by Harmon Travel. My grandson was playing in the arcade and ran out of money. He went over to Bobby and asked to borrow a quarter. He gave him a dollar! I was so embarrassed but Bobby just took it in stride and thought it was cute.

  218. Les Burges September 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Hi Bobby,
    Last night I was listening to 50’s and 60’s music with an old friend from those good times. Rubber Ball came on and we got to thinking about you so checked on Wikipaedia and your website. I read your blog and most of the comments and now it’s 5.28am here in Glasgow, Scotland. Wow, so much love and respect from your fans, you must be a truly special guy. Never saw you in concert but of course loved many of your songs, my favourite being Suzie Baby, a song which Buddy would have been proud to have written. I think he must have been guiding your hand. Another of my all time favourites is Sway, which I heard for the first time on your B side of Rubber Ball, I think, hope I’m right, it was over 50 years ago!
    Anyway, my very best wishes to you and your family, thanks for the memories. Now I’ve got to get some sleep
    Les Burges.

  219. Les Burges September 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Oops, sorry Bobby, just discovered Sway was Bobby Rydell! Oh well. I got the Bobby bit right.
    Les Burges.

    • Al Cassaro September 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      There was Bobby Vee, Bobby Rydel, Bobby Darin, and of course, Bobby Lee Lewis and his pumpin’ piano.

      • Margaret Plant September 12, 2013 at 7:30 am #

        Bobby Lee Lewis ?

      • Al Cassaro September 12, 2013 at 8:48 am #

        It’s a joke. If I have to explain it, you probably didn’t get it. But That’s okay.

      • Margaret Plant September 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Hi Al,
        sorry your joke was wasted on me. I just thought who was that and that I’d never heard of him. !! Mind you I live in England and that would explain a lot.!!

      • Alan Cassaro September 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

        Okay, It’s frustrating, but I’ll explain it. Back in the 60s, Jerry Lee Lewis was in a tiff because his records weren’t being played anymore. And he made a comment that has gotten a lot of press over the years, something to the effect of, “It’s all about “Bobby’s” now. It’s Bobby this and Bobby that. I’m surrounded by Bobbys.” So, I was making a bit of a play on words because I’m sure Bobby Vee is familiar with that comment, because he was one of the “targets” of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rant. I did leave a pretty obvious clue to the unspoken fact that it was Jerry Lee Lewis is was always billed on his Sun records as “Jerry Lee Lewis and his Pumping Piano”. And it would seem to me that many of the good folks in the UK would be pretty familiar with Jerry Lee Lewis and his pumping piano. It was a spontaneous thought that came to me as I was reading the posts, and I was making it for the general readers of the blog, not just you specificially. Hopefully a few folks understood my intentions and got a chuckle out it.

      • Margaret Plant September 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

        Hi Al,
        Thanks for taking the time to explain the background to your joke. I am so happy that I understand all now. I didn’t realize that Jerry Lee Lewis’s nose was put out by all the Bobby’s being so popular at the time. They all earned their status in the music business but I wasn’t into Jerry Lee and his piano. I am sure a lot of people had a good chuckle as I have now and that is something that everyone needs.
        Thanks. Margaret

      • Alan Cassaro January 27, 2014 at 8:57 am #

        Gosh. That took a while? I tend to be kind of “tongue-in-cheek” a lot, so some of it might sound pretty obscure unless you’re already in on the joke.

      • Margaret Plant February 1, 2014 at 11:56 am #

        Hi Al,

        Better late than never is what we say in England. Where does the time go is another.
        Kindest Regards.

  220. Mike Munson November 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    What a celebrated life. How fortunate to have fallen in love once and to have 4 children that followed in your footsteps to make music for so many generations.

    I adored you as a teenager. You were my favorite artist. Raised on “Rubber Ball”, “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “The Night has a Thousand Eyes”, I’ve loved music for a lifetime. My wife and I still break out into these songs on long car trips. You enriched our lives.

    Today we enjoy Bobby Vee radio on Pandora all the time. Alzheimers is indeed a bummer, but in the game of life, you won…a long time ago. You enriched so many lives and somehow, through all of that fame, managed to keep body and soul together to love one wife and raise 4 great kids.

    God blessed you Bobby…and may he continue to bless your family many generations forward.


  221. Judie Paranuk December 7, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Because I heard your “Devil or Angel” on my cable music channel, and brought back so many lovely memories, I decided to look up your website. I was stunned to see that both you and your wife have serious illnesses. Suffice to say how very sorry I am to hear that, and I wish both of you the best life can offer you for the remainder of your lives. You were my heart throb back in your early career!!! Oh my, how I loved to hear your beautiful music, and how many wonderful dances I had to those songs. I wanted to say thank you for so those memories. I lost my life partner after almost 44 years of marriage, but we made some beautiful music to your songs. I wish for you and your family, a life filled with beautiful memories, and much love and togetherness. THANK YOU for my memories and my first real “teen crush” on you.

    • Judie Paranuk January 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      I hope your holidays were memorable for you and your family.

  222. Renee Harris December 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Happy 50th Anniversary to both of you!!!!!! We are all celebrating with you today.
    Renee Harris

  223. Pat Koziol January 27, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Hi To The Wonderful Vee Family, First, I want to say for the record, that after reading all the replies, which were lovely and heartfelt. I just want to clear things up. I LOVED BOBBY VEE MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET FROM WAY BACK IN THE EARLY 1960’S 🙂 . Before you traveled the world, I was President of your Fan Club on Staten, New York. I bought every record and teen magazine that came out and begged my Mom to take me to a live show in New York City to see you. You signed my album and you were as cute and sweet as I thought you would be. In September of 1963 I met my own Bobby Vee and thank God….because I never would have gotten over you getting married that December. And, by the way, you did awesome. She is beautiful and you two are perfect together (and it never could have worked out for us because I wouldn’t have been able to share you with the world). HAPPY 50 ANNIVERSARY. Even though you both were so young….you knew it was right. I followed your career for many years but then with marriage (to my high school sweetheart from 1963), four children and now ten grandchildren life was busy. A few years ago (thank God for computers) I looked you up and was thrilled to see you still singing, still in love and now with your handsome and talented sons playing music with you and on their own. Wow, that made me happy. Just last week I was checking on my Bobby Vee again…and was concerned to find out the challenges you, Karen and of course your sons and daughter are facing. I was so proud and inspired to see how you and your family were handling these trying times. You have shown us all how much you care about us, by letting us be part of this journey. All I can say now is Thank You and God Bless the whole family. I feel in my heart that everything will be good for a very long time with all the love and prayers being sent your way. Love to all of you from your biggest fan, Pat

  224. Linda Flaherty January 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Dear Bobby, I am so sorry to hear about your health problems and Karen’s also. Just wanted you to know that you were my first crush. Take Good Care of My Baby was my very first 45 record and my very first album. I love all your songs. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Linda

  225. Marcia Walsh Hess February 1, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    I want to say, as a longtime fan, that I am saddened to hear of your health struggles, but truly admire the faith and strong family bonds you display. My big brother was born in 1941, me in 1951, so at an early age I was an ardent Everly Bros, and Roy Orbison fan. Then in 6th grade, while my brother was off to college, I started making my own discoveries, “Take Good Care of My Baby” became one of my all-time favorite songs, and I played it non-stop on my record player! I can see why Bob Dylan calls you the “nicest person” he’d ever shared a stage with. In fact, his description of your voice says exactly what I feel:Dylan says Vee “had a metallic, edgy tone to his voice and it was as musical as a silver bell.” Can’t wait for your new album. Prayers and admiration for you and your family. Marcia Hess

  226. Don February 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Hey Bobby! “Never Love A Robin” should have been #1
    One of my favorites from the 1960s

    • Sandi Davidow February 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

      Ever song should have have been number one…. I LOVED THEM ALL

  227. Barry Beckett February 14, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I saw Bobby on February 10, 1962 at the GRANADA TOOTING movie theater in London. I was an excited 13 year old and Bobby was my hero. What a wonderful show. Dusty Springfield was in the show with THE SPRINGFIELDS, early days. And Clarence Frogman Henry. Bobby inspired me to get up there, which I did for some years touring England with our band ThE MoTiVaTioN. You inspire me again with the richness of your life and the loving words for your friends and family. May you be well, may you be happy, and thank you. Barry Beckett, at

    • Margaret Plant February 16, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Hi, Barry,
      My girl friends and I also were at that show in fact we were at the 1st and 2nd performances. It was Saturday November 24th and we had circle seats for the 1st and stall seats for the 2nd. We had to walk home as we missed our last bus. It took us a long time as we lived near Crystal Palace (Dulwich). We didn’t mind one bit as we were all on a high.
      We also saw him at Woolwich on Monday November 12th. Did you ?
      I was lucky enough to meet Bobby twice once on October 27th and then on the 29th at EMI house. We followed him back to his Hotel he was staying at the Mayfair room 407. On the 3rd November he was moving on to another.
      No, I don’t have a computer for a brain I just have scrap books full of pics and writings of our wonderful days as a fan of Bobby’s.
      There is a regret that I had a photo taken with Bobby by a taxi by my friends which I never got a print of. Never mind. Can’t have everything.

  228. Judy (Beattie) Inverarity February 14, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I started school in a one room school house in a little hamlet named Anerley, Saskatchewan. I believe the teacher I had at the time, Arvid Tapinalla, was related to you. I attended a Ronny Profet concert in about 1979 and was so pleased to learn that you were the lead in act. We ran into the Tapinallas at that concert and they said they were hoping to meet up with you afterward. While I was going to University I used to play your LP over and over again. When I finally got a CD player a few years ago I was having a great deal of trouble finding any of yours and it was a relation in England who found a couple and sent them to me. After reading your history I understand why they were more readily available in England. They were played over and over in my car until my kids were even singing along. Last year a couple of friends of mine, Tony and Linda Korte, were at a ball game in the USA and said they were sitting behind your family. They informed me of your illness. Both of my parents had Alzheimers so I am pretty sure I am destined to have the same. I am impressed with your positive attitude in dealing with this disease.

  229. Jim Reynolds March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks for the thoughtful blog message from almost two years ago … speaking to the fragility and mystery of life. Enjoyed meeting you at the Nelson’s concert recently in Gilbert, AZ. God bless you and yours and thanks for all the joy you’ve brought people through the years. Priceless!

  230. Jennifer Hilditch April 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I had the good fortune to see you and several other entertainers in London the 1980’sa great show and seeing you close up has stayed vivid in my mind . I pray for you and your dear wife cherish each moment and may god give you strength.

  231. Jennifer hilditch April 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Bobby Vee & family, my thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Wishing you Bobby and your special lady Betty peaceful days ahead. For the family , stay strong you are a beautiful family. Back in the mid 80’s I had the chance to see Bobby perform in London Ontario Canada which has stayed within me .Not a day goes by that I don’t play Suzie Baby or another. May god be with you all . Sincerely Jennifer.

  232. Anne April 22, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I am so sorry to here you’re not well. I have lived with your music all my life and have absolutely loved it. I still listen to it now and so does one of my children ( he’s 45 this year) It was Rubber Ball ect. when I was at school what memories I have definitely loved your music a long time Good Luck and lots of love to you and your wife
    My Best wishes
    Mrs A Repton

  233. Margaret Plant April 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday Bobby for 2014
    Kindest Regards
    Margaret Plant

    • Linda Grillo April 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Happy Birthday, Bobby! Sending best wishes and prayers to you & your family!!

      • Pamela April 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

        Hello Bobby,
        l always think of you on your birthday. Happy 71st! My comment is an echo of Anne’s of Derbyshire- It was Rubber Ball which started the ball rolling! My son is 45 this year. By coincidence my brother was a massive fan of Buddy Holly. I saw you in Newcastle on Tyne and Leicester. Happy memories.
        All the best,

  234. Lin Harris April 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Wishing you a very happy birthday! You and your family are in our daily prayers.

  235. Renee Adams May 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Thanking you for all the memories we teens were able to enjoy & now as we reach these ages (68) we still can reflect on them..I am just discovering your health issues that you and your lovely wife are enduring…How wonderful you have each other & that wonderful family is rare to see such a successful marriage & such a loving family…Sending prayers to you both and hoping that things will work out for both of you ..Thank you are truly an inspiration to us all as we all enter into these golden years..that do not come alone…God Bless You All x

  236. Andrea Dempster June 28, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    Bobby, you and your songs are all part of my growing up in the sixties. Every time I hear this wonderful music it makes me smile, such lovely times. I wish you and your family love and peace. Andrea from England.

  237. Michele Schlough August 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Dear Bobby and Karen,

    My heart breaks for you both. You are so fortunate to have each other and God has blessed you with a wonderful family.
    Your sons and daughter are the best.
    I met you for the first time in Japan in 1962 at the Meiji Club in Washington Heights. You made a joke about losing your money in the slot
    machines and would maybe have to stay for a while. I started clapping and the rest of the audience followed suit. I was in the front row so
    you were very close and you sang “More than I can Say”. It was a tiny stage and at one point you were close to the edge. When you sang
    “Whoa whoa yeah, yeah,” you stood on your tip toes as I gasped because I thought you were going to fall off the stage. You looked at me and said
    “Scared you didn’t I?” I still even remember the gesture as you pointed at me.

    The next time we met you were doing a concert at the Ramstein NCO club. I went to Germany with my parents as a college student. The night you
    were to perform I went to the club at noon for lunch, brought a book and staked out a table close to the stage. I was dating a GI and I told him
    earlier in the day that I would save him a chair up front. That GI came backstage with me afterwards and took the best picture of you and me.
    He also asked me to marry him and we have been married for 45 years. You know him as Chuck. That picture now sits at the bottom of your
    “from the fans” page, along with a picture of you, my grandson Jimmy, and me at the Dick Clark Cafe.

    I saw you again in England at the Royal Albert Hall. Chuck and I had been in England for a couple of years. I heard you on
    the radio and called to order tickets as soon as the interview was over. That was in November, the same month as our anniversary so when I got
    home I said to Chuck, “guess what we are doing….” I missed seeing you by a a few minutes, but Rick Nelson walked right past us on his way
    back to the stage.
    When you came to Tulsa I just had to go up there to see you. I brought you a copy of “the Picture” on a scrapbook page. You signed my picture
    and gave me your email address. Then you told us about a cruise you were going to be on with The Lovin Spoonful, Paul Revere and several others.
    We booked that cruise and saw you several times. When we had breakfast together, I brought some 45 record covers with your picture and your name
    in Japanese. You said you hadn’t seen them before so I took them to the Purser’s office and got copies for you. I will never forget when two servers
    came up to our table and saw the records and asked if you were Elvis Presly. We both had a good laugh.
    When I emailed you with the story of “scared you didn’t I”? You actually took the time to find the recording of that show and send it to me
    on a CD. Who else in show business would do such a thoughtful thing?”
    I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful memories you have given me. Chuck was so good about going with me to every venue. He thanks
    you too.

    I wish you and Karen strength and comfort in the journey ahead. Please know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck, Jimmy and I
    will keep you and your family in our prayers as you bravely face the uncertainty of the days ahead. God Bless you and Karen and the
    the rest of your family.
    Your International Fan, Michele Schlough

  238. jeff gravelle August 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    hi Bobby
    i’ve been having my own bobby vee marathon these past 2 weeks.
    while searching for some of your previously unreleased songs on youtube I discovered that
    you’ve been dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s. i was shocked and
    heartbroken for you. i felt compelled to leave you a message.
    i turned 67 this past july and so many of your songs have been with
    me since my teen years. i’ve never grown tired of hearing them.
    i want to thank you for all the listening pleasure your songs have
    given me.
    i’m from ottawa, ontario in canada.
    i wish you the best of the best as you travel down this new road in
    your life. from what i’ve read you’re doing all the right things.
    bless you Bobby Vee.
    Jeff Gravelle

    • Jim Kleinfelder September 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      Bobby is doing well, and Karen’s recovery is also going well. Even with her ups and downs, hopefully they are all up now.

      • Linda Flaherty September 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

        Thank you for the update. So glad to hear Bobby & Karen are doing well. Keeping them in my prayers.

      • Anne Marie September 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

        So happy to hear that Bobby and Karen are doing well. Always in my prayers!! Bobby and Family have done so much good, they deserve all the love and support we can give.

        Anne Marie
        Vancouver, Canada

  239. Anne Marie September 8, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you so much for the music! Always in my prayers.

    Anne Marie
    Vancouver, Canada

  240. Peter Manes October 11, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    First let me say how much I’ve treasured all your music and movies. I saw you onstage at Silver Springs in early 2002 and met you after the show. I brought with me the 1st LP that I had ever owned, since I was 7, and I was so awestruck that I got your autograph on it.
    I just found out now about the issues you and Karen are are enduring It’s a blessing you have each other and all your family close. I just watched your family trip and the fun with the Adobe Sessions…..just great. I am wishing you all my best to you and your family.

    God Bless
    Peter Manes

  241. Lew D. Boyko October 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Bobby Vee and family,

    I am so glad I came to see you at the your last Joetown Rocks in St. Joe. Minnesota
    You were fabulous as well as the band. Thanks for all the memories.

    God Bless

    Lew D. Boyko
    Ruso, North Dakota

  242. richardgraham November 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    met bobby vee when working in a night club near Manchester and his band with my brother Keith who was killed in a car accident i my self living in Scotland at the age of 62 hope mr b vee is coping ok and his family i was reminiscing about the past of all the people i have met and bobby vee was a gentleman and of course a great singer i do miss the past events but as mr vee said the old is not for the week?or meek.and i can’t complain as in good health but trying to cope with loneliness of absent friends gone by 😊 Richard

  243. Michael Davis November 11, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    A decade ago, I saw Bobby Vee at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. He and his band (including his son), put on a terrific performance. The main thing I came away with was how natural and unaffected by fame Bobby was. His warmth and good humour are an enduring memory to me along with the great music he made. I go back to the time of Buddy Holly, and remember Bobby stepping in with his band, The Shadows, at that tragic moment in rock’n’roll history when he was called upon to continue the Winter Dance Party.
    I wish Bobby and his wife all the very best. God bless you both.

  244. Mike Flowers December 7, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Bobby & Karen, I pray this note finds you both well. Bobby, You played a gig in Dickinson,ND, in early 80’s…I was working in the oilfields at the time and a girl I was dating worked at the holiday inn cafe. I met you there in the cafe and was so taken with your sincere and wonderful personality. We made it to the your shows each night, and was treated most kindly by you. I can truly say, in all my life, I have never been so proud of being able to tell my family and friends of the experience of meeting you, and being a part of your inner circle for a couple of nights. I’m still working the oilfields, and remembering and treasuring the short time I had in your presence. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for touching me and all the countless others, during your journey through life. Peace, to you and Karen…and all those you love…Mike

  245. Miguelina thomen January 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    Sorry to hear that news about Bobby. Love his songs. Right now i was listening to his songs. Its funny something made me look at his page and found this news. Love to Bobby and for the music he gave us to enjoy. Best for the new years to you and family. 🙂 ❤

  246. Anne Marie January 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Happy New Year to Booby, Karen and Family. May 2015 be Blessed with Love, Health and Happiness for all of you.

    Anne Marie
    Vancouver, Canada

  247. gary g weber February 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    another year and the night the music died and the day after the New star Bobby Vee came upon the stage. I have such great memories of your shows, Your Sons and how proud they backed you as the Vee’s. My Thoughts and wishes for god’s love and blessings for you and your family every day. I learned this past week you did a concert in 1963 iwth the Beatles across the Pond before anyone here heard about them. You should be in the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too. As far as your fans and those ten thousand who signed the petition to place you on the ballot and in the hall, YOUR IN THE HALL. Keep Rocking.

  248. Anita February 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Bobby:

    I grew up listening to all your songs and bought them all, both albums and 45’s and still have them. I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY, but became a transplant to Durham, NC in 1995 and now in Wake Forest, NC. I read about your wife, Karen, and hope she received her transplant at Duke (in great hands there). You are one of the few entertainers who didn’t let fame go to his head and, obviously, your family came first. So I’m sure they are putting you first and I will keep you in my prayers and there is a cure for Alzheimer’s soon.

    AnitaG (aka the bklynbabe)

  249. David Ranford February 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Bobby.
    I have only just found out about all your problems.
    You played in Worcester, UK at Huntingdon Hall (old church!) a few years ago with Chris Montez. It was a fantastic show.
    You might remember that I met you in Debenhams men’s clothes department the next day. It was exciting to chat to you. You were a real gentleman.
    I wish you and your family all the best. It is sad that I don’t expect to see you again.
    It would be great to hear from you.
    Best wishes

  250. Allen F. Weitzel February 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Dear Bobby and Vee family, I haven’t written in a while and I regret that lapse. Your family sure has had its mountains to climb. We all understand that God does not play favorites. I know we all were sadden by the passing of our mutual friend, Rod McKuen, in January. Rod and I had been friends since 1966. Bobby, I don’t know how many of Rod’s tunes you may have recorded over the years, but no doubt we all can agree he left a large body of work for which we will all remember and enjoy. The world, too, still thrives on your music. Your cut of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” from the Adobe Sessions is constantly in my head and I can’t go a few days without one of your tunes in my headset as I pound out new poems on the ‘ol Mac keyboard. I appreciate, as well, your kind words to me over the years about my work – I thank you for your inspiration and support, in kind. Please know the Weitzels think of you often and pray that some mountains ahead might only be rolling hills with soft green grass. Love and support to you and the Vee family. Most sincerely, Allen F. Weitzel ( –

  251. Jan Rose April 11, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Dear sweet Bobby all the very best to you and your lovely wife. May you both live long lives together and enjoy better health. Please keep singing ad I understand that music is a wonderful healing agent and who knows it may delay the effects of memory loss. Love you and when I was young my best friend Barbara was in love with you Bobby and she adored you singing “Please don’t ask about Barbara”.xxxxx

    • Pamela Dorr April 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      I have loved you since I was in Junior High School and I knew every song you ever sang. I wrote to you once and you so nicely answered me and told me that if I ever got to see you at a concert, you would be the one with the Lone Ranger tee shirt because he was your hero as you were mine. I haven’t had the pleasure of running into a tour since I live in Maine, but I want you to know that my prayers and good wishes go out to you and to all of your family. You make your music, which made you happy; I listened, which made me happy, and for all that you have given me in my lifetime, you will always hold a piece of my heart.

  252. Sue Williams April 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    Just want to wish you a very happy birthday and send lots of love and good wishes to you all. We think of you all so often. The two Sues and Dave, from Bristol, UK xx

  253. gary g weber April 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Well here we go again………………….Another Year.. Simple Happy Birthday Bobby, i Think of you often and every week when go past St Cloud on THE WAY TO THE CITIES and while watching twins games how we about their lack of winning in the past…. You are the One of the Greats.. Truly an Entertainer who took care of his Fans. You Taught your sons well, they are equally fine Men and Great at what they do. Happy Day and All my best to you and your family.. Rock on sincerely gary weber Detroit Lakes, Minnesota..

  254. Peter Manes April 30, 2015 at 11:09 pm #


    I have 3 family birthdays in April to remember and one other on the 30th that I always celebrate. I said when I met you at Silver Springs FL in ’02 “This would have been a whole different world without you man!” I’ll always remember and be glad I told you that, and as time goes by by I comprehend even more that it’s true.

    So, Happy Birthday Bobby and all my best wishes to you and your family.
    Peter Manes

  255. Judy Leatherwood May 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    VERY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! BOBBY. God bless you always, your fan & friend Judy Leatherwood from San Antonio, TX.

  256. Dave Burnett May 28, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    Lots of love and sincere thoughts to you and Karen from Bonnie Scotland….we had good times in 1993 in London at Paul McCarney’s Buddy Tribute….. precious memories. Dave Burnett xxx

  257. Jim Helwig August 8, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Bobby, Jim Helwig here, keyboard player for “The Casinos” (1967, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”). I just read about the untimely passing of your wife. Please accept my sincere condolences. I too have a lung issue (pulmonary hypertension) that may require transplant. My understanding is that your wife did in fact have a lung transplant, but there were problems. Since this is a decision I may be facing shortly, please let me know what your experience was reagarding transplant. You’ll have my email address, use that so that your reply is private.

  258. Clara Listensprechen September 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    I arrived at this blog attempting to do a bit of research on a Bobby Vee song “Remember Me Huh” and I couldn’t even find the songwriter’s name, let alone lyrics, let alone tabs. It wasn’t a chart hit, but I do vaguely remember it as being on some album I heard when I was a kid. Sorry to hear about the Alzheimer’s diagnosis…my dad died with it and it’s a tragedy I’m all too familiar with…very sorry to hear that. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. But I’m still in the dark about information about that song, even after visiting this site, so I’m out of further options to pursue. All the best.

    • Clara Listensprechen September 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      It wasn’t easy to find, but I found the composer William Page. That’s all the progress I made with the research. Oh well.

      There’s just something about that particular song that has a ring to it when dealing with Alzheimers. It might be all that is remembered when other things fade.

      • Pat Koziol September 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

        Hi Clara, I loved that song “Remember Me Huh”…it was on Bobby Vee’s fifth album called “Take Good Care Of My Baby”. It came out in 1961. The song is on youtube. I bought the album at that time and played it over and over and over. I knew all the words to every song. Always love his music. Like I said check youtube and bring back the memories! Sincerely, Pat Koziol

  259. steve November 6, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Hi there. I have only just heard about your illness and your lovely wife. So sad I haven’t kept up with the news of late. I wish you both my prayers and good wishes.
    I do so remember playing your records all those years ago. Being a singer myself for over 40 years have sung many of your hits on stage. Your songs are timeless and I will always listen to them when possible.
    May God bless you and your wife.
    Steve x

  260. Sue Morley January 24, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I recently heard “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” playing on a back track, and memories of my teenage years came flooding back, having been a great fan of your music Bobby. …. so out of curiosity I looked on google to see if there was anything about you theses days.

    I found your inspiring blog. I am so moved to read of your lovely family, and warmed by the value you put on precious time spent together. It is a shock indeed to hear of the health issues you’re facing – my brother in law suffered with altzeimers for many years so I know how daunting a prospect it is to come to terms with. My heart goes out to you, and I’m filled with admiration at your positivity. I wish you much happiness in the times that lie ahead – you will be in my prayers. Sue Morley

  261. Jerry Peterson February 9, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Bobby, I have fond memories of seeing you and your band The Shadows at the Hollyhock Ballroom in Hatfield, Minnesota while I was in high school. Thanks to Tom Tourville’s book on the Hollyhock just published last year, it was in February of 1960. Back then we had heard of your filling in at the loss of Buddy Holly and the others the year before, so we were excited that you were keeping the music alive. I have followed your career since and still play your music now on CD format. I am also a singer and performer locally, and include several of your songs during appearances. I’ve been now keeping up with the latest, finding your web site, etc. I’m also in touch with your friend Myron Lee and enjoying his 8 mm movies of your touring together in the early to mid-1960’s. In addition, I was please to meet your son Tommy after the concert in which he was playing bass for the Nelson twins Matthew and Gunnar here in Michigan, where I live now. Finally, I’ve learned of the passing of your wife Karen and I send my condolences. Please know of the love we have for you and your family during these difficult times. Jerry Peterson

  262. Anne Lisi Farrell June 28, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Bobby, in 2008 my husband Jack & I had the privilege of meeting you in Branson, MO at the Dick Clark Theater. It was my 69th birthday. Our friends Danny & the Juniors introduced us to you in the Green Room. We all had birthday cake & visited. It was a birthday I will never forget. You are such a down-to-earth & approachable person. Thank you for making that birthday special. You have given us a treasure of music & are truly a wonderful entertainer & role model. Thank you & may God Bless You.

  263. Brenda piele August 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    God bless you and your family.

  264. Judy K. Leatherwood September 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    Bobby, I did not know the passing of your wife Karen until I got around reading this fan club blog. I am really sorry & very sad for you & your family. I know you will miss her alot. Take care of yourself. I hope & pray you are feeling better & stronger each day. Love, your fan & friend Judy k. Leatherwood from San Antonio, Tx

  265. Susan Dixon October 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    My heart and prayers go out to Bobby Vee and his family due to his passing…He will be sadly missed..

  266. Judy K. Leatherwood October 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    I am very sorry & sad the passing of Bobby he will be missed big time by you the family/friends & us big fans of Bobby.Thank the Lord we all had him this long with his illness.MY mom Loves him also as we all do. I just cryed.Bobby was such a awesome christain guy & his wife Karen & his family. He is home now & not suffering anymore & Bobby is with the Lord & his wife Karen.Amen. With Love & Prayers, Judy K. Leatherwood

  267. Lynne October 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    RIP, Bobby. I listened to your music back in the late 50’s through the 60’s. you were amazing and I have such wonderful memories from that time. Thank you with much love and appreciation.

    • linda grillo October 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      So very sad! My heart aches…lost a very special man! 😢 Bobby will be missed by all!! My thoughts & prayers are with his family…RIP!

      • October 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

        The passing of Bobby Vee is a sad day for all fans of 60’s music. Who can forget bouncing along to Rubber Ball and that wonderful love song Run to Him to name but two of his many hits. To attend one of Bobby’s concert was an occasion to remember and a privilege I enjoyed many times. Good bye to a true 60’s music legend who will be sadly missed by his millions of fans all over the world. The night has a 1000 eyes and Bobby always had a twinkle in his eye. Roy Gibbons, Beaconsfield, Bucks, U K
        Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

      • Beatrice LaRock October 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

        I am so sorry to hear about Bobby’s passing. He and I were childhood friends. We attended elementary school etc together. In high school all of his classmates thoroughly enjoyed dancing to the Shadows. Sandy was at MSU when Bobby was dating her. She was crazy about him and he was crazy about her. When he could get to Moorhead, he would always come to the dorm and take her out. Of course, her fellow college classmates were envious. Knowing Bobby was special. His choice of moving back to MN signified the values that he held deer for his family. Please know that your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bea Brown LaRock

        Sent from my iPad


  268. ANITA GALANTE October 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    I would like to share a prayer that has brought much comfort to anyone who has lost a loved one and I hope Bobby’s family will feel it as well –

    Death is nothing at all – I have only slipped
    away into the next room. Whatever we were to
    each other, that we are still. Call me by my old
    familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you
    always used. Laugh as we always laughed
    at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my
    name be the household word it always was. Let
    it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it
    ever meant. lt is the same as it ever was; there is
    absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be
    out of your mind because I am out of your sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near, just around the corner. All
    is well.

    Nothing is.past; nothing is,lost. 0ne brief
    moment and all will be as it was before – only
    better, infinitely happier, and forever we will be
    one together with Christ.

  269. maccascruff October 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    To the children of Bobby and Karen,

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Bobby today. Your dad’s music meant a lot to me and to the world. He will be missed by all. Take comfort in your memories of your dad as we, the fans, are taking the same kind of comfort.


  270. Linda Money October 24, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    My condolences to Bobby’s Family on his passing & your dear Mother’s passing in 2015.
    I played his music back in the 60’s and always loved his records.
    With thoughts and prayers……God Bless.

  271. Linda Flaherty October 24, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    So sad to hear of the passing of my teenage crush, Bobby Vee. My deepest condolences to his family and all of his many fans. We will miss you Bobby, but your legacy lives on. R.I.P.

  272. Steve Nielsen October 24, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    The world feels a little more empty for me after hearing the sad news of the passing of Bobby Vee…..I didn’t know he was ill….I will miss him….RIP Bobby.

  273. Paul potach October 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

    Bobby Vee
    You songs bring back great memories for me that I can never thank you enough. I enjoyed your songs for the past 40 years. May your resting place be peaceful and memories of your music live on forever. Thank you

  274. Don Woods October 25, 2016 at 3:56 am #

    I had the pleasure and the privilege of performing in two of Bobby’s shows in the U.K. several years ago…he was the nicest kindest man I have ever met…an absolute delight…my heart goes out to his family…a great loss to the music world…a true legend.

  275. Craig Moore October 25, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    I am so sorry to hear about your past year, the loss of your mother and now your father. I was blessed to spend some time talking with him when we did the lengthy feature about his amazing career. He was a fabulous story teller with wonderful tales to tell, his music lives on and on and those who had the pleasure of meeting him will never forget his kindness. His legacy is of optimism, joy, love of family and great music that resides in the hearts of millions of people around the world.

  276. Diane S. Levesque October 25, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    This is to Bobby’s family; I know he passed away and the news was carried by the major networks. I’m just a fan who is sorry to hear this, and offer my condolences to those who were closer to him. Alzheimer’s isn’t for the meek, either, especially those who are caretakers. It’s why none of Bobby’s biggest hits hit home at this time; just one of his album selections titled “Remember Me Huh”. It’ll be the biggest challenge for a lot of us in the future. ❤

  277. Tina Willis November 28, 2016 at 4:48 am #

    Bobby Vee – Rock In Perpetuity.

  278. Brian Etienne December 27, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Hello – My name is Brian D Etienne -. in 1983 I was in the St Cloud area with my Christian group at the St Cloud High School. I play the drums – and after we performed – A gentleman asked me If I could stay and rehearse for a show. They are looking for a drummer to fill in. It happened to be a promoter for Fabian, Bobby Rydel and Bobby Vee. I said sure – so I quickly learned the song set – It was a thrill for me to say the least to play drums for Those guys and especially Bobby Vee. He was so kind, talented and wonderful. This is an experience I will never forget. Thanks Bobby – I still have the poster that was used for promotion that evening, !!!


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