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"Take Good Care of My Baby"
The plane crash that took Buddy Holly's life in 1959 was truly a tragedy as it robbed rock and roll of one of its brightest early stars. But it did give Bobby Vee his big break. Bobby was having some success locally in the Fargo, North Dakota area and was called on to fill in for Holly as Fargo/Moorehead was the fated destination. In 1960, Bobby recorded "Devil or Angel," a song that had been a hit for The Clovers in 1956. That was followed by "Rubber Ball" in 1961 with the flip side "Everyday" (a remake of the Buddy Holly song -- the connection was still strong). In the fall of '61, "Take Good Care of My Baby" entered the top forty and would eventually reach #1 and remain there for three weeks. It would be Bobby Vee's biggest hit. He would have moderate success through 1962 and 1963, but in 1964 fell victim to the same force that did in most of the "teen idols" -- The Beatles. Bobby Vee would return to the top ten in 1967 with "Come Back When You Grow Up Girl."
Top recordings from The Elvis ERA:

title week debuted highest ranking weeks on chart
Devil Or Angel 9/5/1960 6 13
Rubber Ball 12/22/1960 6 11
Take Good CAre of My Baby 8/21/1961 1 11
Run to Him 11/20/1961 2 13
Walking With My Angel 12/3/1961 53 1
Please DonÕt Ask About Barbara 3/17/1962 15 6
Sharing You 6/9/1962 15 6
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes 12/22/1962 3 11
Charms 4/13/1963 15 6
Bobby Vee
"Devil or Angel"
"Bobby Vee Sings Your Favorites" was one of the earliest LP's I owned. Like most of the artists of the time, Bobby Vee filled in his albums with covers of other artists hits. As the title implies, this album was entirely remakes. The one hit song that came from the album was "Devil Or Angel." You should be able to tell from the picture that Bobby Vee was certainly singing my "favorites" -- the album cover is well worn. I think what attracted me to the album was that it was somewhat difficult to get copies of these earlier recordings by the original artists and I liked all the songs included, especially "It's All In The Game" (orignally from Tommy Edwards in 1958) and Since I Mey You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956). "Everyday" (Buddy Holly, 1958) would be the flip side to Vee's subsequent hit recording, "Rubber Ball."