This episode spotlights a much beloved pop singer who charted 47 singles and 12 albums in the U.S. and the U.K. between 1959 and 1975.
His career began in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that ended Buddy Holly’s life, yet remarkable music connections between both singers endured for decades.
Bob Dylan called him “the most meaningful person I’ve ever been on stage with.”
Other names you know such as Carole King, Gene Pitney, and even members of Buddy Holly’s backup band – the Crickets – played parts in his success. And the Beatles emulated one of his signature songs when they auditioned for a record contract.
He was Bobby Vee.
And we’ll salute him with snippets of all his hit singles, including the originals by other artists he covered, as well some truly rare and scratchy answer records by singers who hoped for hits of their own by responding to his.