LISTEN: Bobby Vee, His 6 Gold Record Hits

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Bobby Vee in Amsterdam, Holland, 1962. (Dutch National Archives)

Bobby Vee, one of the most popular American pop singers of the early 1960s pre-Beatles era, has died at the age of 73, his family announced on Monday.

Vee, who was born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, recorded an incredible string of 38 chart-making hits including six gold records — meaning that the Recording Industry Association of America certified sales of at least 500,000 copies.

Five of those gold records all came from 1960 to 1962, with a final gold record later in 1967.

Listen to all six of Bobby Vee’s gold record hits, below.

Devil or Angel

Released on August 7, 1960, “Devl or Angel” reached number six on the Billboard Top 40 pop chart.

Bobby Vee – Devil Or Angel (HQ)This Cover By "Bobby Vee" was released i believe in 1961 and made number 6 in the U.S…The song was originally done by "The Clovers" in 1955…2013-07-30T10:44:53.000Z

Rubber Ball

A few months later, on December 4 of 1960, Vee released what became his second gold record in a row, also peaking at number six.

Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball (1961)Bobby Vee, Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee's first exposure to the rock 'n' roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee's group were discovered by famed producer…2015-06-10T00:20:17.000Z

Take Good Care of My Baby

The only number one hit of Bobby Vee’s career, released on August 13, 1961.

Bobby Vee – Take Good Care Of My Baby – 1961This was Bobby Vee's first and only #1 hit. Released on August 7th,1961, it immediately began to climb up the Billboard Charts, and by September 18th, 1961 it had reached #1, staying there for three weeks. It is no surprise, given it was written by the legendary Brill Building songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and…2008-07-09T02:49:25.000Z

Run To Him

Released on November 13, 1961, and peaking at number two, this record marked the second and last time that Vee would score back-to-back gold singles.

Bobby Vee – "Run To Him" – stereoOne of Bobby's best.2011-02-17T16:27:26.000Z

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Vee woud release five more singles and wait more than a year before hitting big with another gold record, released on December 8, 1962.

Bobby Vee – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (1962)2013-03-02T19:16:25.000Z

Come Back When You Grow Up

In 1964, America was swept by a new phenomenon known as “Beatlemania,” followed by a “British Invasion” of hard-edged, rebellious rock and roll bands from across the pond that left friendly pop crooners like Vee behind. But after a lull of five years and 20 singles that mostly flopped, only one even cracking the Top 40, Vee updated his sound — somewhat — and staged a brief comeback with his sixth and last gold record, released during the “Summer of Love,” on July 22, 1967.

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