"There was no reason for him to suffer any longer". That's when Vee performed at the Winter Dance Party in Moorhead, which is known as "The Day the Music Died".
"I didn't have any fear right then", Vee recalled in a 1999 interview with The Associated Press. I didn't think that I'd be able to sing. "If I opened my mouth, I wasn't sure anything would come out".
Just last month, a musical about Vee's life debuted at the History Theatre in St. Paul, "Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story", which showcased his hit songs such as "Suzie Baby" and "Take Good Care of My Baby" and highlighted his move back to Minnesota from California to live a balanced life with his wife and their four children. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.
"I told Jeff that it was time to pull the family together", said Rysavy, who visited Vee on Saturday.
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His final release, 2014's "The Adobe Sessions", featured covers of songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Ricky Nelson and Bob Dylan.
Vee was labeled as a teen idol for most of his career, but his work did earn the respect of major artists like Bob Dylan, who briefly played piano for the singer before they both made it big. At a 2013 show in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dylan praised Vee - who attended the concert - as "the most attractive person I've ever been on the stage with" and played a cover of his early hit "Suzie Baby". The "Forever Young" crooner, now 75, was actually the one who suggested Velline change his last name to Vee.
Vee was married to Karen Bergen from 1963 to her death of kidney failure in 2015.