BOBBY VEE

  Born

Robert Thomas Velline

In Fargo, North Dakota

April 30, 1943.

 

 

Bobby - Age 1
 

Bobby Velline grew up in a family that played a lot of music. His father played the piano and violin, his uncle played the saxophone and both brothers, Bill and Sidney Jr. played the guitar. His musical start was on the saxophone in the school band. He would later buy a new thirty dollar  Harmony sun bleached guitar on the payment plan from a very patient music store owner using his paper route to pay for it. They used to go to the country music shows that came to the Fargo area and then go home and do their own version of the show in their living room.

 

 

Brother Bill
 

Bobby's brother Bill (five years older than Bobby) went out and bought a guitar and before long became an excellent guitar player and began jamming with local bass player Jim Stillman and drummer Bob Korum. This group was formed just to play music, never to perform. Bobby tried every way he could to join the group sessions but Bill thought he was too young.

 

Bobby tried every way he could to get brother Bill to let him go to the practice sessions and finally was allowed with the condition that he promised to keep quiet. One issue made it possible for Bobby to become an active member of the group. He discovered that none of the guys knew the words to the songs that they were playing. Well, he knew the words to all of them and many more because he always had one ear next to a radio (that was one of the jobs that all 15 year olds had to do). Without a singer the group kept getting lost in the music. Bobby would whisper to Bill that "it's the bridge" and he would sing an example for his brother and after a few examples, Bill finally asked Bobby to sing for them and as Bobby has said, "I started to sing the songs and they started rockin' along." Later, Dick Dunkirk took Jim Stillman's place on bass guitar and they became one of the new bands in the Fargo area not realizing that someday they would do more than just play.

 
 

Bobby was three months short of his 16th birthday when fate threw him and the band a tragic curve. Buddy Holly, 22, headlined a package show called the "Winter Dance Party Tour" which also featured The Big Bopper (Jape Richardson), 28, (whose "Chantilly Lace" had been a million seller some months earlier), Richie Valens, 17,(whose recording of "Donna" was No 10 on the U.S. charts), and Dion and the Belmonts.  The tour had completed their show at the Surf Ballroom in Clearlake Iowa and were due to appear the next evening at Moorhead Armory in northern Minnesota, just across the boarder from Fargo, North Dakota. It was a very cold and bitter night and the bus they were traveling in didn't have heat so they decided to charter a four seat airplane to get some of them to Moorhead so they could do some laundry. Due to the size of the airplane, only three members of the tour would be able to fly. Roger Peterson, the 20 year old pilot along with Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper were to die in the crash of that airplane in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959. Tommy Allsup, Buddy Holly's drummer flipped a coin with Richie Valens to see who would fly and who would take the bus. He didn't win the toss.

 
 

Later in the day while at home for lunch, Bobby heard on the radio (where else?) of the fatal airplane accident. He also heard Charlie Boone (a long time announcer at WCCO radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota) from a local Fargo radio station was calling for local talent to come help with the "Winter Dance Party" concert scheduled for that evening. The radio station was the sponsor of the concert and they said that the public wanted the show to go on that evening. After some difficult discussion, Bill was talked into getting the group together and going to help out. They didn't even have to audition, just had to show up. School let out at three PM and they had only four hours to get ready. They went downtown and bought matching sweaters for the event. In the sadness of the crash, they had discussed what they would play and both Bobby and Bill can not remember what they did play. The group was second to appear on stage just after Waylon Jennings (the replacement bass player in Buddy Holly's band), did a short tribute to the lost stars. Then Charlie Boone came on stage to announce the next act but had to turn around and ask Bobby what they called their group. They didn't have a name for the group yet so Bobby winged it and said that they were "The Shadows" and Charlie turned around and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, here they are, The Shadows."  In about twenty minutes they played some Everly Brothers, Elvis and Little Richard songs. As the curtain came up that evening, a new voice was introduced to the world. A "fifteen year old" voice that fortunately knew all the words to all the songs.

 

In Those Sweaters 1959

 

Their first paying gig was on Valentine's Day 1959. They drove 45 miles in zero degree weather in a  '51 Oldsmobile without heat to play on benches that had been pushed together to form a makeshift stage. In the middle of the show the benches pulled apart and the amps smashed to the floor. Not exactly the kind of impact they were looking for. The band made $60, which I understand was really good for a first gig in those days.

 

June 1st 1959 Bobby and the group went to Minneapolis, Minnesota to record a song for Amos Heilicher's Soma Record label that Bobby had written called "Susie Baby." By the end of the summer, "Susie Baby" had reached number one on some of the local stations in the upper mid-west market and major record companies were calling with interest in signing this new young singer. Bobby was to meet the man that would help him record many very popular songs and that was producer Snuff Garrett. Bobby and the Shadows signed with Liberty Records in the fall of '59 and the band continued on until 1963. Bill deciding the road was not what he wanted so he left to pursue interests closer to their home town. Bobby was also to change his name from Bobby Velline to Bobby Vee. They just shortened his last name and added an "e".

 
     

Ms. Clela McFarland

 

Clela McFarland was Bobby's right arm when it came to corresponding with the legion of fans that he was building up with all the great music he was releasing. I wrote to her a number of times and finally starting talking to her on the telephone when I could no longer wait the few days it took her to respond to my letters. My Mom and Dad told me that it would be ok as long as I didn't make the calls last a long time. I never did. I really love Clela as she was so nice to me when she sent me so many photographs of Bobby and his family. I was so happy when I received the photographs of the wedding between Bobby and Karen. I thought then that they were a great looking couple and I still to this day feel the same. Some day I hope to meet Karen. Clela is still with us, living in a nursing home in the Fargo area. I understand that she is very ill but doing fair under the circumstances. It is with a great deal of sadness that I must tell you that Clela passed away in November of 2005.

 

Eventually, since most of Bobby's songs were full of stringed instruments, giving them a fuller sound, the Shadows were dropped from the title and Bobby Vee became an artist on his own. 

 

Bobby In Japan in May of 1962

 

Bobby started living in an apartment in California in late 1961 and lived in California with Karen and their children until 1982. Bobby got tired of California and longed for the beautiful summers in the Minnesota area so they packed up and moved back to cold country.

 

From 1959 to 1970, Bobby Vee had 38 singles enter Billboard Magazine's Top 100. Go back and remember some of them, songs like "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Rubber Ball", "Come Back When You Grow Up", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" and "Run To Him". In a career that's spanned almost half of a century, Bobby Vee has released over 35 albums, yielding six gold records.  Bobby Vee today, sounds as good as ever! His latest release in 2005 is titled "The Last Of The Great Rhythm Guitar Players". It proves that he still has what it takes to put out good music. Seeing him on stage on September 3, 2005 helped my memory about his great singing voice.

 

Bobby & Snuffy Garrett

 

Snuff Garrett was a pillar in Bobby's recording studio work. He produced much of the music that Bobby released at Liberty records. The man was very busy not only with Bobby but, many of the other Liberty stars. Still working in the Hollywood area and Bobby stays in touch with him.

 

"Bobby is such a laid-back, modest, Fargo kind of guy, he never had the ego/career problems that a lot of other singers had to come to terms with," said Jeff Velline, the oldest of Bobby's four children with his wife of 41+ years, Karen. Bobby and Karen were to marry on December 28, 1963 and are still happily married.

 
   

Bobby & Karen
December 28, 1963

 

Bobby & Karen At Home 1964

 

The family music history didn't stop with Bobby and his brothers. When his own children were growing up, they too became musically inclined. Eventually they formed their own band and became "The Vee's" and have released their own music which is available on Bobby's web site. (See the CD and links pages) They also began to work with their father as "Bobby Vee and the Vee's".

 

Bobby Vee has toured the world from the very beginning and still does at least a hundred concerts all over the world each year. He has a full schedule for the rest of this year and well into 2006. To check and see if he will be in your area, go to the schedule page.

 
     

A Family Business

 

North Dakota
 
Theodore Roosevelt  Rough Rider Award
June 20, 1999

 
September 2004
 
Iowa Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
 

Minnesota Hall Of Fame For Bobby Vee

 

WHERE THE HELL IS THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME???????

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      DISCOGRAPHY     
  
Liberty 45's & EP's
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

     DISCOGRAPHY    
       
         
    Liberty 45's & EP's
(Not Totally Complete.)
   
         
Released Label A Side B/W B Side
02-00-1959 Soma Susie Baby   Flyin' High
09-06-1959 Liberty Susie Baby   Flyin' High
04-10-1960 Liberty What Do You Want   My Love Loves Me
05-00-1960 Liberty One Last Kiss   Laurie
08-07-1960 Liberty Devil Or Angel   Since I Met You Baby
12-04-1960 Liberty Rubber Ball   Everyday
02-19-1961 Liberty Stayin' In   -----------------
03-05-1961  Liberty -----------------   More Than I Can Say
06-04-1961 Liberty Baby Face   How Many Tears
05-00-1961 Liberty How Many Tears   Bashful Bob
07-13-1961 Liberty Take Care Of My Baby   Bashful Bob
11-13-1961 Liberty Run To Him   -----------------
12-03-1961 Liberty -----------------   Walkin' With My Baby
02-24-1962 Liberty Please Don't Ask About Barbara   I Can't Say Goodbye
05-19-1962 Liberty Sharing You   In My Baby's Eyes
09-01-1962 Liberty Punish Her   Someday
09-22-1962 Liberty -----------------   Someday ( With Crickets )
09-00-1962 Liberty Toy Soldier   Loco
11-00-1962 Liberty Christmas Vacation   A Not So Merry Christmas
12-08-1962 Liberty The Night Has A Thousand Eyes   Anonymous Phone Call
03-30-1963 Liberty Charms   Bobby Tomorrow
06-22-1963 Liberty Be True To Yourself   -----------------
06-29-1963 Liberty -----------------   A Letter From Betty
11-09-1963 Liberty Yesterday and You   -----------------
12-28-1963 Liberty -----------------   Never Love A Robin
01-25-1964 Liberty Stranger In Your Arms   1963
02-22-1964 Liberty I'll Make You Mine   She's Sorry
05-30-1964 Liberty Hickory, Dick and Doc   I Wish You Were Mine
12-05-1964 Liberty Pretend You Don't See Her   -----------------
12-12-1964 Liberty -----------------   Every Little Bit Hurts
02-08-1965 Liberty Cross My Heart   This Is The End
05-08-1965 Liberty Keep On Trying   You Won't Forget Me
09-00-1965 Liberty Run Like The Devil   Take A Look Around Me
07-09-1965 Liberty High Coin   Story Of My Life
02-00-1966 Liberty A Girl I Used To Know   Gone
06-00-1966 Liberty Butterfly   Save A Love
06-00-1966 Liberty Look At Me Girl   Save A Love
11-00-1966 Liberty Before You Go   Here Today
07-22-1967 Liberty Come Back When You Grow Up   Growing Pains
07-00-1967 Liberty Come Back When You Grow Up   Swahili Serenade
11-18-1967 Liberty Beautiful People   I May Be Gone
02-10-1968 Liberty Maybe Just Today   You're A Big Girl Now
02-10-1968 Liberty My Girl, Hey Girl   Just Keep It Up
08-31-1968 Liberty Do What You Gotta Do   Thank You
12-28-1968 Liberty Someone To Love Me   Thank You
12-28-1968 Liberty Jenny Came To Me   Santa Cruz
08-02-1969 Liberty I'm Gonna Make It Up To You   Let's Call It A Day
11-00-1969 Liberty Electric Trains and You   In And Out Of Love
05-00-1970 Liberty No Obligation   Woman In My Life
11-15-1970 Liberty Sweet Sweetheart   Rock And You
06-00-1971  United Artists Sweet Sweetheart   Electric Trains and You
06-00-1971 Liberty Signs   Something To Say
06-00-1971 United Artists Signs   Something To Say
00-00-1972 United Artists Take Care Of My Baby
( Sang As Robert Thomas Velline )
  -----------------
00-00-1975  Sunny Brook  I'm Lovin' You /   Sayin' Goodbye
00-00-1976 Sunny Brook You're Never Gonna find someone like me   -----------------
00-00-1976 Sunny Brook It's Good To Be Here   I needed You
00-00-1978 United Artists Well All Right   Something Has Come Between Us
         

ENGLAND (much more to come for England)

RRC 2009  1992  Buddy Holly Medley / Tell Me How (With The Crickets)

ALBUM Catalog
 

I have tried to assemble the complete catalog of Bobby's music at Liberty Records including the many various artist albums that they released in the years he was part to the team. I have also included some of the historical events that took place at Liberty Records as they continued to move into the business of being one of the better companies releasing music in their years in business.

 

Much of this information was found on the web at The Liberty Records Story
By David Edwards and Mike Callahan at
http://www.bsnpubs.com/liberty/liberty.html

 
A Bit Of History
 

August 1958

 

It was in approximately August of 1958  that stereo issues actually started. Liberty made a big splash by offering over a dozen titles in stereo, and they were one of the earliest major labels to issue stereo LPs. These included several titles from their back catalog, and a few albums issued in stereo only. Earlier albums with stereo numbers, then, were either reissues of albums originally issued in mono, or delayed releases.

 

January 1959

 

With the issue of stereo-only albums, back catalog issues in stereo, and a completely different numbering system for the mono and stereo album series, chaos ruled the catalog. With the approach of LP number 3100, Liberty decided to make a change to a more organized mono/stereo numbering system. The monaural releases started with a 3, and the stereo releases started with a 7 followed by the same three digits. The stereo series had reached 7029 by this time, so from this point on, back catalog stereo releases for the 3030-3099 numbers also used this system when possible (e.g., LRP-3060/LST-7060.)

 

Bobby's Album Catalog

 

  LRP-3165/LST-7165 - Bobby Vee Sings Your Favorites - Bobby Vee [1960] Devil Or Angel / Mr. Blue / Just A Dream / Since I Met You Baby / It's All In The Game / You Send Me / Young Love / My Prayer / Sincerely / Gone / I'm Sorry / Everyday

 

LRP-3180 mono - The Original Hits, Volume Two: Past & Present - Various Artists [1961] Stranded In The Jungle - Cadets / Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods / Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams / City Of Angels - Highlights / I'm Available - Margie Rayburn / Cherry Pie - Marvin & Johnny / Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran / You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette / Perfidia - Ventures / Lovey Dovey - Buddy Knox / Forever - Little Dippers / Smokie, Part II - Bill Black Combo / Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee

 
  LRP-3181/LST-7181 - Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee [1961] (3-61, #18) Rubber Ball (S) / Talk To Me Talk To Me (S) / One Last Kiss (S) / Angels In The Sky (S) / Stayin' In (S) / Long Lonely Nights (S) / Devil Or Angel (S) / Poetry In Motion (S) / More Than I Can Say (S) / Mister Sandman (S) / Foolish Tears (S) / Love Love Love (S)
 
  LRP-3186/LST-7186 - Bobby Vee with Strings and Things - Bobby Vee [1961] Baby Face / Pledging My Love / Love's Made A Fool of You / Light Infatuation / Susie-Q / Tears On My Pillow / How Many Tears / That's All / Diana / Laurie / Each Night / Bashful Bob
 
LRP-3187 mono - The Original Hits, Volume 3: Past & Present - Various Artists [1961] Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner / Quiet Village - Martin Denny / Devil Or Angel - Bobby Vee / Tonight You Belong To Me - Patience & Prudence / Stardust - Billy Ward / Linda-Lu - Ray Sharpe / Hearts Of Stone - Bill Black Combo / Little Boy Sad - Johnny Burnette / Happy Birthday Blues - Kathy Young / A Hundred Pounds Of Clay - Gene McDaniels / Stayin' In - Bobby Vee / Continental Walk - Rollers
 
LRP-3200 mono - Memories Are Made of Hits - Various Artists [1961] Reissued as The Original Hits, Volume 4. Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee / Bongo Rock - Preston Epps / Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience & Prudence / Rockin' Little Angel - Ray Smith / Deep Purple - Billy Ward & Dominoes / Always - Sammy Turner / Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette / Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen / Sittin' In The Balcony - Eddie Cochran / Down Yonder - Johnny & Hurricanes / Corinna Corinna - Ray Peterson / Tragedy - Fleetwoods
 
  LRP-3205/LST-7205 - Hits of the Rockin' 50's - Bobby Vee [1961] (10-61, #85) Rhythm Side: Do You Wanna Dance / Lollipop / School Days / Little Star / Come Go With Me / Summertime Blues / Ballad Side: Happy Happy Birthday Baby / Lavender Blue / Donna / Earth Angel / Wisdom Of A Fool / Sixteen Candles
 
  LRP-3211/LST-7211 - Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee [1961] (2-62, #91) Take Good Care Of My Baby / Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Remember Me Huh / He Will Break Your Heart / Who Am I / Run To Him / Walkin' With My Angel / Raining In My Heart / Go On / Little Flame / So You're In Love / Hark Is That A Cannon I Hear
 
  LRP-3228/LST-7228 - Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets - Bobby Vee & Crickets [1962] (7- 62, #42) Peggy Sue (S) / Bo Diddley (S) / Someday (S) / Well All Right (S) / I Gotta Know (S) / Lookin' For Love (S) / Sweet Little Sixteen (S) / When You're In Love (S) / Lucille (S) / The Girl Of My Best Friend (S) / Little Queenie (S) / The Girl Can't Help It (S)
 
  LRP-3232/LST-7232 - A Bobby Vee Recording Session - Bobby Vee [1962] (7-62, #121) What's Your Name (S) / My Golden Chance (S) / You Better Move On (S) / Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S) / Forget Me Not (S) / Sharing You (S) / In My Baby's Eyes (S) / Tenderly Yours (S) / I Can't Say Goodbye (S) / Teardrops Fall Like Rain (S) / Guess Who (S) / A Forever Kind Of Love (S)
 
LRP-3235 mono - 15 Hits: The Original Recordings [The Original Hits, Volume 5] - Various Artists [1962] Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee / Mr. Blue - Fleetwoods / The Big Hurt - Toni Fisher / Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman / Corinna Corinna - Ray Peterson / The Mountain's High - Dick & Dee Dee / Walk-Don't Run - Ventures / Tower Of Strength - Gene McDaniels / Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen / Hurt - Timi Yuro / Mio Amore - Flamingos / Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner / You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette / This Time - Troy Shondell / Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & Imperials
 
  LRP-3245/LST-7245 - Bobby Vee's Golden Greats - Bobby Vee [1962] (11-62, #24) Take Good Care Of My Baby (S) / Devil Or Angel (S) / Punish Her (S) / Suzie Baby (E) / Walkin' With My Angel (S) / Stayin' In (S) / Run To Him (S) / Rubber Ball (S) / Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S) / How Many Tears (S) / Everyday (S) / Sharing You (S) / One Last Kiss (S) / More Than I Can Say (S) / Someday (S)
 
LRP-3260 mono - The Original Hits, Volume 6 - Various Artists [1962] Stay - Maurice Williams / My True Love - Jack Scott / Look In My Eyes - Chantels / Old Rivers - Walter Brennan / What's A Matter Baby - Timi Yuro / In The Still Of The Night - Five Satins / Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods / Happy Go Lucky Me - Paul Evans / Paper Roses - Anita Bryant / Get A Job - Silhouettes / Run To Him - Bobby Vee / So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
 
  LRP-3267/LST-7267 - Merry Christmas from Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee [1962] (12-62, #136) Winter Wonderland (S) / White Christmas (S) / (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays (S) / Silver Bells (S) / Silent Night (S) / Not So Merry Christmas (S) / My Christmas Love (S) / Jingle Bell Rock (S) / I'll Be Home For Christmas (S) / Christmas Wish (S) / Christmas Vacation (S) / Blue Christmas (S) - - Electric Trains And You (S) Included on Early Single Album CD Issues By EMI in 1990
 
L-5503 mono - Teensville - Various Artists [1962] Everyday - Bobby Vee / The Little White Cloud That Cried - Fleetwoods / No Trespassing - Ventures / It's Only Make Believe - Johnny Burnette / One Last Kiss - Bobby Vee / Ram-Bunk-Shush - Ventures / I'm Still Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette / Truly Do - Fleetwoods / Bashful Bob - Bobby Vee / Raw-Hide - Ventures / My Special Angel - Johnny Burnette / Raindrops Teardrops - Fleetwoods
 

A Bit Of History

 

Avnet/Liberty

 
This album had a special label, with the Avnet logo on top, and the Liberty logo on the bottom of the label.
 
AV-5877 - Avnet Presents the Sound of Liberty - Various Artists [1962?] Serenade in Blue - Si Zentner Orchestra & Johnny Mann Singers / Cry Me a River - Julie London / Moonlight Becomes You - Pete King / Little Altar Boy - Vic Dana / Fever - Unique Rhythms Of Richard Marino / The Alvin Twist - Chipmunks / Carmen's Hoedown - Felix Slatkin / Hurt - Timi Yuro / In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town - Johnny Mann Singers / Up a Lazy River - Si Zentner / Softly as I Leave You - Matt Monroe / Witch Doctor - David Seville / Green Eyes - 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett / Run To Him - Bobby Vee / Quiet Village - Martin Denny / Never on Sunday - Julie London / Walk Don't Run - Ventures/Old Rivers - Walter Brennan
 

A Bit Of History

 
Columbia Music Released Some Special Various Artist Albums.
 
The Headliners Volume 3 [1962] GS-11 Columbia Label Limited edition available to club members only. Title List coming when I find the album.
 

Back To The Liberty Catalog

 
  LRP-3285/LST-7285 - The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee [1963] (4-63, #102) Go Away Little Girl / It Might As Well Rain Until September / It Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Guy / Theme For A Dream/Silent Partner / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes / You Won't Forget Me / Anonymous Phone Call / If She Were My Girl / Lover's Goodbye / Dry Your Eyes / What About Me
 
LRP-3288 mono - The Original Hits, Volume 8 - Various Artists [1963] Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee / Angel On My Shoulder - Shelby Flint / You're The Reason - Bobby Edwards / What's Your Name - Don & Juan / I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters / Chip Chip - Gene McDaniels / You Were Mine - Fireflys / Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland / Till There Was You - Anita Bryant / Shake A Hand - Faye Adams / Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans
 
  LRP-3289/LST-7289 - Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures - Bobby Vee & Ventures [1963] (6-63, #91) Wild Night / What Else Is New / Walk Right Back / This Is Where Friendship Ends / Pretty Girls Everywhere / Linda Lu / If I'm Right Or Wrong / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter / Honeycomb / Goodnight Irene / Caravan / Candy Man
 
  LRP-3312/LST-7312 - The Wonderful World of Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee [Unreleased] Released on BGO CD in 2001 in England. Charms / A Letter From Betty / All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me / On The Street Where We Grew Up / Don't Worry Mary Ann / Be True To Yourself / I Keep Remembering Things I Should Have Forgot / This Is Your Day / Bobby Tomorrow / A Girl I used To Know / His Shadow / Anyone Else
 
LRP-3325 mono - Original Hits, Volume 9 - Various Artists [1963] Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis / Surf City - Jan & Dean / Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & Stingers / Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee / I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash / Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day / In The Mood - Ernie Fields / West Of The Wall - Toni Fisher / Charms - Bobby Vee / Tonite Tonite - Mello-Kings / Raunchy - Bill Justis / When You Dance - Turbans
 
  LRP-3336/LST-7336 - I Remember Buddy Holly - Bobby Vee [1963] That'll Be The Day / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / Peggy Sue / True Love Ways / It's So Easy / Heartbeat / Oh Boy / Raining In My Heart / Think It Over / Maybe Baby / Early In The Morning / Buddy's Song
 
  1964 LST-7352
 
LRP-3344 mono - The Original Hits, Volume 10 - Various Artists [1964] Surf City - Jan & Dean / Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee / Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino / Tequila - Champs / Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods / Party Doll - Buddy Knox / Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles / Witch Doctor - David Seville / Walk-Don't Run - Ventures / Mother-In-Law -Ernie K-Doe / Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis / Flying Saucer, Parts 1 & 2 - Buchanan & Goodman / Raunchy - Bill Justis / Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen / Do You Want To Dance? - Bobby Freeman
 
  LRP-3352/LST-7352 - Bobby Vee Sings the New Sound from England - Bobby Vee [1964] (6-64, #146) I'll Make You Mine / Don't You Believe Them / She Loves You / I'll String Along With You / Ginger / Any Other Girl / She's Sorry / Brown-Eyed Handsome Man / Suspicion / From Me To You / You Can't Lie To A Liar / Take A Walk Johnny
 
  LRP-3385/LST-7385 - 30 Big Hits of the 60's - Bobby Vee [1964] Dawn / Moon River / Danke Schoen / Memphis / I Remember You / Sukiyaki / Save The Last Dance For Me / Do You Want To Know A Secret? / Needles And Pins / P.S. I Love You / Everybody's Somebody's Fool / My Dad / Venus In Blue Jeans / Happy Birthday Sweet 16 / Hey Girl/Please Help Me I'm Falling / Blame It On The Bossa Nova / Crying In The Rain / Ruby Baby / Sealed With A Kiss / Breaking Up Is Hard to Do / Nadine/Goodbye Cruel World / Blue On Blue / Can't Get Used to Losing You / Love Me Do / A Fool Never Learns / Spanish Harlem / Twist And Shout
 
  LRP-3393/LST-7393 - Live! On Tour - Bobby Vee [1965] Hey Little Girl / Sea Cruise / Things/Shop Around / Let The Four Winds Blow / Weekend / Every Day I Have To Cry / You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby / It'll Be Me/Run To Him / Take Good Care Of My Baby / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
 
  LRP-3448/LST-7448 - 30 Big Hits of the 60's, Volume 2 - Bobby Vee [1966] These are melodies. A Hundred Pounds Of Clay-Elusive Butterfly / A Taste Of Honey-Wives And Lovers / These Boots Are Made For Walking-Sha La la / Tower Of Strength-The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence / Baby I'm Yours-Make It Easy On Yourself / When You Walk In The Room-The "In" Crowd / Pony Time-You Can Have Her / Lies-Count Me In / Love Is All We Need-Call Me Irresponsible / Bad To Me-I'm A Fool / Save Your Heart For Me-In The Misty Moonlight / The Story Of My Life-Travelin' Man / Mr. Blue-Come Stay With Me / Sandy-For Your Love / Houston-You're Sixteen
 
  LRP-3464/LST-7464 - Golden Greats, Volume 2 - Bobby Vee [1966] Charms (S)/Cross My Heart (S)/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S)/I'll Make You Mine (S)/Never Love A Robin (S)/Armen's Theme [Yesterday And You] (S)//Ev'ry Little Bit Hurts (S)/Hickory Dick And Doc (S)/Keep On Trying (E)/A Girl I Used To Know (S)/Pretend You Don't See Her (E)/Be True To Yourself (S)
 
  LRP-3480/LST-7480 - Look at Me Girl - Bobby Vee [1966] Sunny/Growing Pains/Like You've Never Known/Summer In the City/Turn Down Day/Fly Away/Sweet Pea/That's All In the Past/He's Not Your Friend/Back In Town/Lil' Red Riding Hood
 
MM-427 - Special Programmer: Selections from 1966 August Release - Various Artists [1966] The Shadow of Your Smile - 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett/Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer - Si Zentner/Je T'Aime - Gilbert Becaud/Softly As I Leave You - Matt Monroe/Quiet Village - Martin Denny/Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Vic Dana//Girl, I Think I Love You - Pair Extraordinaire/Wild Thing - Ventures/Back Talk - Bobby Vee & Jackie DeShannon/Let's Go Get Stoned - T Bones/Little Deuce Coupe - Jan & Dean/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee
 
  1966 LST-7430
 
  1966 - NOT RELEASED
 
 

A Bit Of History

 

Special Liberty album was released to radio stations.

 
BV-1-A - Special Interview with Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee
 

A Bit Of History

 

SUNSET LABEL RELEASE The Sunset label was formed as a budget subsidiary in 1966, and used to issue albums of previously released Liberty and Imperial (The Label Ricky Nelson Recorded For) material. It continued until the early 1970s.
 

   These albums were sold at a lesser price than the regular Liberty records.

 
  SUM-1111/SUS-5111 - Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee [1966] Sincerely/That's All/More Than I Can Say/You Won't Forget Me/Sweet Little 16/Tenderly Yours/Girl Can't Help It/Bashful Bob/Hark, Is That a Cannon/Little Queenie
 

Back To The Liberty Catalog

 
  LRP-3534/LST-7534 - Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee [1967] (10-67, #66) Come Back When You Grow Up/A Rose Grew In The Ashes/You're A Big Girl Now/Get The Message/Hold On To Him//World Down On Your Knees/Objects Of Gold/Before You Go/Mission Accomplished/I May Be Back/Double Good Feeling
 
LRP-3543/LST-7543 - More Golden Greats - Various Artists [1967] Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers/It Must Be Him - Vikki Carr/Happy - Sunshine Company/More - Vic Dana/When You Walk In The Room - Jackie DeShannon/Go Where You Wanna Go - 5th Dimension/All I Really Want To Do - Cher/Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee/Buy For Me The Rain - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Band Of Gold - Mel Carter/Runaway - Del Shannon/Count Me In - Gary Lewis & Playboys
 

MORE SUNSET LABEL RELEASES.

 
  SUM-1162/SUS-5162 - A Forever Kind of Love - Bobby Vee [1967] A Forever Kind Of Love (S)/Go Away Little Girl (S)/The Girl Can't Help It (S)/Silent Partner (S)/Dry Your Eyes (S)//Lover's Goodbye (S)/What Else Is New (S)/Let The Four Winds Blow (S)/If I'm Right Or Wrong (S)/Walk Right On Back (S)
 
  SUM-1186/SUS-5186 - Christmas Album - Bobby Vee & Johnny Mann Singers [1967]
 

Back To The Liberty Catalog

 
  LRP-3554/LST-7554 - Just Today - Bobby Vee [1968] (4-68, #187) Maybe Just Today/Get Ready/Medley: Hey Girl-Hey Girl/Sunrise Highway/Just Keep It Up/The Girl I Left Behind Me/The Way You Do The Things You Do/Nobody's Home To Go Home To/Sealed With A Kiss/Tiffany Rings/Beautiful People
 

A Bit Of History

 

1968

 
From this point on, all releases were in stereo. Monaural releases beginning with the 3 prefix were dropped.
 

Back To The Liberty Catalog

 
LST-7574 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 4 - Various Artists [1968] Surf City - Jan & Dean (S)/Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day (E)/Come Softy To Me - Fleetwoods (E)/Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Part 1 - Jessie Hill (E)/Witch Doctor - David Seville (E)/Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (E)//Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee (E)/Party Doll - Buddy Knox (E, Liberty re-recording)/Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles (E)/Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen (E)/Stay - Maurice Williams (E)/Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman (E)
 
LST-7575 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 5 - Various Artists [1968] Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe (E)/Mr. Blue - Fleetwoods (E)/Corinna Corinna - Ray Peterson (E)/(I'll Remember) In The Still Of The Night - Five Satins (E)/Flying Saucer, Parts 1 & 2 - Buchannan & Goodman (E)/Hurt - Timi Yuro (S)//The Mountain's High - Dick & Dee Dee (E)/Paper Roses - Anita Bryant (E)/This Time - Troy Shondell (E)/Tower of Strength - Gene McDaniels (S)/Shake A Hand - Faye Adams (E)/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee (S)
 
LST-7576 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 6 - Various Artists [1968] Devil Or Angel - Bobby Vee (S)/Chip Chip - Gene McDaniels (S)/Till There Was You - Anita Bryant (E)/Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans (E)/Look In My Eyes - Chantels (E)/You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette (S)//You're The Reason - Bobby Edwards (E)/I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters (E)/Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland (E)/My True Love - Jack Scott (E)/The Big Hurt - Toni Fisher (E)/What's A Matter Baby - Timi Yuro (S)
 
LST-7577 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 7 - Various Artists [1968] Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (E)/Endless Sleep - Jody Reynolds (E)/Mountain Of Love - Harold Dorman (E)/Oh Julie - Crescendos (E)/Tonight You Belong To Me - Patience & Prudence (E)/Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee (S)//Get A Job - Silhouettes (E)/Deep Purple - Billy Ward & Dominoes (E)/Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette (S)/Quiet Village - Martin Denny (S)/Sittin' In The Balcony - Eddie Cochran (E)/Linda Lu - Ray Sharpe (E)
 
LST-7579 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 9 - Various Artists [1968] Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (E)/Needles And Pins - Jackie DeShannon (S)/A Hundred Pounds Of Clay - Gene McDaniels (S)/Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience & Prudence (E)/Stranded In The Jungle - Cadets (E)/Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean (S)//Seventh Son - Johnny Rivers (S)/Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee (E)/Yeh! Yeh! - Georgie Fame (E)/Cry Me A River - Julie London (E)/When You Dance - Turbans (E)/Beautiful People - Bobby Vee (S)
 
  LST-7592 - Do What You Gotta Do - Bobby Vee [1968] Do What You Gotta Do (S)/If My World Falls Through (S)/Thank You (S)/Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (S)/Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (S)/Can You Love A Poor Boy (S)//Medley: I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)-It's The Same Old Song (S)/I Like It Like That (S)/Run Like The Devil (S)/Let Nobody Love You (While I'm Gone) (S)/That's What Love Is Made Of (S)
 
  LST-7612 - Gates, Grills and Railings - Bobby Vee [1969] She Doesn't Live Here Anymore (S)/The Passing Of A Friend (S)/One (S)/(I'm Into Lookin' For) Someone To Love Me (S)/London's Not Too Far (S)/Younger Generation (S)//I Just Can't Help Believin' (S)/Jenny Came To Me (S)/Lavender Kite (S)/The Beauty And The Sweet Talk (S)/Santa Cruz (S)/Annie Joined The Band (S)
 
LST-7619 - Original Golden Greats, Volume 10 - Various Artists [1969] On The Road Again - Canned Heat (S)/Hey Girl-My Girl Medley - Bobby Vee (S)/On A Carousel - Hollies (E)/Paper Cup - Fifth Dimension (S)/Psychotic Reaction - Count Five (E)/Honey - Bobby Goldsboro (S)//Memphis - Johnny Rivers (S)/Spooky - Classics IV (S)/The Weight - Jackie DeShannon (S)/Sealed With A Kiss - Gary Lewis & Playboys (S)/The Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood (S)/You Better Sit Down Kids - Cher (S)
 

A Bit Of History

 

NON - U. S. ALBUM

 

LIBERTY / United Artists (Germany)

 
LBS 83278I - Rock Lebt: Sixteen Golden Oldies - Various Artists [1971?] Surf City - Jan & Dean (S)/Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee (S)/The Mountain's High - Dick & Dee Dee (E)/Perfidia - Ventures (S)/Needles And Pins - Jackie DeShannon (S)/Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette (S)/Long Tall Sally - Eddie Cochran (E)/Don't Ever Change - Crickets (S)//All I Really Want To Do - Cher (S)/Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson (M)/Western Movies - Olympics (E, Original Demon Version)/Whole Lotta Lovin' - Fats Domino (E)/Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods (E)/Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson (E)/Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience & Prudence (E)/Hold Me - P. J. Proby (E)
 

A Bit Of History

 
In 1968, Transamerica Corporation, an insurance conglomerate, purchased Liberty for 38 million dollars and combined it with another of their record companies, United Artists. Transamerica closed down the Dolton label (Ventures), the Imperial and Minit labels moving all these artists to the Liberty label. In early 1972 the Liberty name disappeared. The Liberty catalog continued to be used for reissues well into the 1970s. UA / LIBERTY re-released some of the liberty catalog in the 1970's and 1980's. In 1978, the United Artists labels, including the Liberty masters, were sold to Artie Mogull and Jerry Rubinstein. They borrowed the money for the purchase from EMI, the parent company of the Capitol label. Mogull and Rubinstein were not successful, and in February 1979, EMI foreclosed on them. EMI / Capitol has owned the labels (UA, Liberty, Imperial, Minit, Sunset, etc.) since that time.
 
As a result, Bobby's last contract album was released on the United Artist label. This Album was released by Bobby using his real name.
 
  UAS-5656 - Nothin' Like a Sunny Day - Robert Thomas Velline (Bobby Vee) [1972] This was an attempt to get past the "light rock" image of Bobby Vee, whose records wouldn't get even a listen at most radio stations in 1972. Reverting to his real name, his photo on the cover featured him in full beard, all the better to look like the hip folkie-type rockers of the seventies. It didn't work. Every Opportunity (S)/Captain On The Line (S)/Halfway Down The Road (S)/Hayes (S)/My God And I (S)//Going Nowhere (S)/Home (S)/Take Good Care Of My Baby (S, new version)/Here She Comes Again (S)/It's All The Same (S)
 
  UA-LA025-G2 - Bobby Vee: Legendary Masters Series #7 - Bobby Vee [1973] 2-LP set. Disc 1: Suzie Baby (E)/It's Too Late (M)/Love Must Have Passed Me By (M)/Everyday (S)/Someday When I'm Gone From You (S)/Buddy's Song (S)/Devil Or Angel (S)//Rubber Ball (S)/It Might As Well Rain Until September (S)/Stayin' In (S)/More Than I Can Say (S)/Walkin' With My Angel (S)/The Opposite (S)/Take Good Care Of My Baby (S); Disc 2: Run To Him (S)/Don't Take Her For Granted (S)/Sharing You (S)/Punish Her (S)/Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S)/Do I Really (S)/Charms (S)//The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S)/A Letter From Betty (S)/I'll Make You Mine (S)/Come Back When You Grow Up (S)/Beautiful People (S)/Maybe Just Today (S)/Medley: My Girl-Hey Girl (S)
 
  1975 UA LA-332E The Very Best Of Bobby Vee - Run To Him (S) Take Good Care Of My Baby (S) Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S) Walkin' With My Angel (S) Devil Or Angel  (S) Rubber Ball (S) Charms (S) Sharing You (S) Come Back When You Grow Up (S) The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
 

ALBUMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
(THAT I HAVE GRAPHICS FOR)

 
  1963 - JAPAN - K22P-9148 (Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures) (Goodnight Irene) (Walk Right Back) (Linda Lou) (Caravan - Inst.) (What Else Is New) (Candy Man) Side 2: (This Is Where Friendship Ends (Honeycomb) (Pretty Girls Everywhere) (Wild Nights - Inst.) (I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter) (If I'm Right Or Wrong)
 
MEXICO - 1984 - POP-638 - Lo Clasico De Bobby Vee - Cuida A Mi Nena (Take Good Care Of My Baby) Suzie Baby (Suzie Baby) Mas De Lo Que Puedo Decir (More Than I Can Say) La Cancion De Buddy (Buddy's Song) Compartiendote (Sharing You) Castigandola (Punish Her) Por Favor, No Pregunten Por Barbara (Please Don't Ask About Barbara) Encantos (Charms) Side Two: La Noche Tiene Mil Ojos (The Night Has A Thousand Eyes) Corre Hacia El (Run To Him) Demasiado Tarde (It's Too Late) Algun Dia Cuando Te Deje (Someday - When I'm Gone From You) Pelota De Goma (Rubber Ball) Angel O Demonio (Devil Or Angel) El Ultimo Beso (One Last Kiss) Puede Llover Hasta Septiembre (It Might As Well Rain Until September)
 
  ARGENTINA - LRP 3186 - Bobby Vee Con Cuerdas Y Ritmo - Baby Face (Baby Face) Empenando Mi Amor (Pledging My Love) El Amor Hizo Un Tonto De Ti (Love's Made A Fool Of You) Capricho Pasajero (Light Infatuation) Susie-Q (Susie Q) Lagrimas En Mi Almohada (Tears On My Pillow) Side: 2 Cuantas Lagrimas (How Many Tears) Eso Es Todo (That's All) Diana (Diana) Laurie (Laurie) Cada Noche (Each Night) Timido Bob (Bashful Bob)
 
ENGLAND - UA-LA025-G2 - Bobby Vee: Legendary Masters Series #7 - Bobby Vee [1973] 2-LP set. Disc 1: Suzie Baby (E)/It's Too Late (M)/Love Must Have Passed Me By (M)/Everyday (S)/Someday When I'm Gone From You (S)/Buddy's Song (S)/Devil Or Angel (S)//Rubber Ball (S)/It Might As Well Rain Until September (S)/Stayin' In (S)/More Than I Can Say (S)/Walkin' With My Angel (S)/The Opposite (S)/Take Good Care Of My Baby (S); Disc 2: Run To Him (S)/Don't Take Her For Granted (S)/Sharing You (S)/Punish Her (S)/Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S)/Do I Really (S)/Charms (S)//The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S)/A Letter From Betty (S)/I'll Make You Mine (S)/Come Back When You Grow Up (S)/Beautiful People (S)/Maybe Just Today (S)/Medley: My Girl-Hey Girl (S)
 
  AUSTRALIA
 
 
 
 
 
 
  ENGLAND
 
 
  AUSTRALIA
 
 
  HOLLAND - 1979 - 1A 062-82757 (Album) 1A 262-82757 (Cassette) 20 Rock "n" Roll Hits - Rubber Ball (S)  Maybe Baby (M) Do You Wanna Dance (S) Lollipop (S) School Days (S) Run To Him (S) Poetry In Motion (S) Happy Happy Birthday Baby (S) Sixteen Candles (S) Suzie Baby (S) Side 2: The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S) Take Good Care Of My Baby (S) Devil Or Angel (S) Come Go With Me (S) That'll Be The Day (M) Summer Time Blues (S) Little Star (S) Everyday (S) Earth Angel (S) Donna (S)
 
 
ENGLAND - 1974 - SLS-50357 Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets - Peggy Sue (S) Bo Diddley (S)  Someday (S) Well ... All Right (S) I Gotta Know (S) Lookin' For Love (S) Sweet Little Sixteen (S)  When You're In Love (S) Lucille (S) The Girl Of My Best Friend (S) Little Queenie (S) The Girl Can't Help It
 
 
ENGLAND - 1973 - SLS-50271 The Very Best Of Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby  (S) Run To Him (S) Rubber Ball (S) A Forever Kind Of Love (S) Sharing You (S) Devil Or Angel (S) The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S) More Than I Can Say (S) How Many Tears (S) Suzie Baby  (S) Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S) Walkin' With My Angel
 
 
 PHILIPPINES - LRP-3534/LST-7534 - Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee [1967] (10-67, #66) Come Back When You Grow Up/A Rose Grew In The Ashes/You're A Big Girl Now/Get The Message/Hold On To Him//World Down On Your Knees/Objects Of Gold/Before You Go/Mission Accomplished/I May Be Back/Double Good Feeling
 
  ARGENTINA - 1968 - l-5004 - Just Today - Hoy Puede Ser El Dia (Maybe Just Today) Aprontate (Get Ready) Mi Chica - Hola Muchacha (Medley: Hey Girl-Hey Girl) Camino Amanecer (Sunrise Highway) Conservalo (Just Keep It Up) Side Two: La Chica Que Abandone (The Girl I Left Behind Me) Como Haces Lo Que Haces (The Way You Do The Things You Do) Ningun Hogar Al Que Ir (Nobody's Home To Go Home To) Sellado Con Un Beso (Sealed With A Kiss) Anillos De Tiffany (Tiffany Rings) Gente Hermosa (Beautiful People)
 
ENGLAND - 1973 SLS-50318 I Remember Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day (S) It Doesn't Matter Anymore (S) Love's Made A Fool Of You (S) True Love Ways (S) It's So Easy (S) Heartbeat  (S) Oh Boy (S) Raining In My Heart (S) Think It Over (S) Maybe Baby (S) Early In The Morning  (S) Buddy's Song
 
 
 
 
 
 
LM-1008 - Golden Greats - Bobby Vee [1980]
 
10000 budget series on the Liberty label.
 
LN-10223 - I Remember Buddy Holly - Bobby Vee [1983]
 
EG 26 0761 1 - Rock 'N' Roll Masters: The Best of Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee [1985] More Than I Can Say (S)/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (S)/Susie Baby (E)/Devil Or Angel (S)/Stayin' In (S)/How Many Tears (S)/Run To Him (S)/Walkin' With My Angel (S)//Take Good Care Of My Baby (S)/Rubber Ball (S)/Please Don't Ask About Barbara (S)/Punish Her (S)/Someday (S)/Come Back When You Grow Up (S)/Beautiful People (S)/Maybe Just Today (S)


RADIO LUXEMBOURG SOUVENIR BOOK

THIS BOOK WAS NOT MINE ORIGINALLY
(with a smile) NOT MY ART WORK ON IT
IT IS HERE BECAUSE BOBBY VEE IS
ON THE FRONT COVER LOWER LEFT.

Just a little Information about Radio Luxembourg.

This radio station tragically went off the air in 1992 BUT,
they came back on the air in September of 2005 and you
can listen to them on the internet or on satellite radio.
 The legend is back still in the best of classic rock.

 

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