"The Legendary Masters Series"
September 16 - 22, 2018
Year of Release: 1990
What Do You Want
One Last Kiss
Devil Or Angel
More Than I Can Say
How Many Tears
Take Good Care Of My Baby
Run To Him
Walkin' WIth My Angel
Please Don't Ask About Barbara
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Be True To Yourself
Yesterday And You
I'll Make You Mine
Look At Me Girl
Come Back When You Grow Up
Maybe Just Today
My Girl/Hey Girl
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Born Robert Thomas Velline, he was better known as Bobby Vee, was one of the many teen idols of the early 1960s. His
compilation gets the nod this week, a great set of his well-known and not-so familiar songs. He started out like most youngsters who wnjoyed music,
being in a band (with his brother), writing songs, and luck would have it, get noticed to record.
His first hit was written by him, "Suzie Baby," and would get recorded by Amos Heilcher's distribution, and he would later form the Musicaland
stores. Heilcher's Samo Records would be the start for Bobby, his brother Bill and their band The Shadows. Liberty Records would be Bobby's major label.
Bobby's voice was very recognizable to that of Buddy Holly. As another lucky coin would follow with Bobby, Thomas "Snuff" Garrett was with Liberty,
and a good friend of Buddy Holly.
"Suzie Baby" (and definitely) "What Do You Want" was definitely having the Buddy Holly style, especially in Bobby's voice. "One
Last Kiss" would have the "teen idol" style, and also had the Buddy Holly comparison. "Devil Or Angel" is one of Bobby's remembered hits,
as the teen idol style was slowly emerging. "Rubber Ball" would be more famous by The Cyrkle, as Bobby also recorded it. Being compared to
Buddy Holly, Bobby would record one of Buddy's hits, "Everyday." (James Taylor would also record his own version.) "Stayin' In' was
another song that was recorded, but one of his lesser known songs. "More Than I Can Say" would be best remembered in the 1970s, by Leo Sayer.
Bobby's "teen idol" style would start more in the fold, with the lesser-known "How Many Tears," and he would hit stardom at #1 with
"Take Good Care Of My Baby." "Run To Him" would be another hit. "Walkin' With My Angel" was a song I remembered more by Herman's Hermits.
More of Bobby's lesser-known hits follow: "Please Don't Ask About Barbara," "Sharing You, "Punish Her" Then there was "The Night Has A
Thousand Eyes," another huge hit. As for the remaining tracks, they were lesser-known, yet they all are great songs in the teen idol style, belonging
to Bobby Vee: "Charms," "Be True To Yourself," "Yesterday And You," "I'll Make You Mine," "Look At Me Girl," "Come Back When You Grow Up," "Beautiful
People," "Maybe Just Today." The medley of "My Girl/Hey Girl" has the Motown classic of "My Girl" (The Temptations), and "Hey
Girl" (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King; recorded by Freddie Scott, and later by Donny Osmond.) Ending the compilation is a radio
spot/commercial of Bobby's hit, as it is interesting how artists had their own commercials to promote their music.
The Legendary Masters Series covere Bobby Vee's songs from the Liberty label, from 1959-1967. When he started, the year was 1959, the year in
which we lost Buddy Holly. With Bobby's voice sounding distinctive to Buddy's in his early years, we can often wonder if Bobby's style would have been
similar to Buddy's, if he had lived. (Of course, we can often wonder if Buddy would have become one of the "Outlaws" of Country, being in a band with
Waylon Jennings at the time of his death.) Bobby Vee would have his own distinctive sound, as he was one of many teen idols of the early '60s.
This compilation is a great assortment of the music of Bobby Vee. Some of the lesser-known songs were in the Top 40, as listening to them today,
it would easily be hits in their own rights. Bobby continued in the music business, being good friends with Bob Dylan, and working in music with his
children, until his death from Alzheimer's in 2016. He was 73 years old. Compared to Buddy Holly. (He would later record a tribute to Buddy Holly --
I Remember Buddy Holly (1963). Bobby's band The Shadows, played in tribute to Buddy, at the concert after the crash that killed Buddy, Ritchie
Valens and the Big Bopper, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Bobby Vee was fortunate to be at the right time and place to be discovered. "Devil Or Angel,"
"Run To Him," "Take Good Care Of My Baby," and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" are the most remembered hits by him, and listening to the
remaining songs on this compilation, Bobby Vee was another great artist from the 1960s teen idol era. He has yet to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
and hopefully he will be there soon. He may not be with us anymore, and will not see that day in the Hall, yet his music will still be enjoyed for many
generations to come.
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