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.
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.
Take Good Care of My Baby
The only number one hit of Bobby Vee’s career, released on August 13, 1961.
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.
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.
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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