Bobby Vee has died at age 73.
The singer and songwriter was well known in the 1960s, proving to be a clean-cut artist and a positive influence to youngsters at the time of the counterculture revolution that was dominated by controversial rock idols such as Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin.
Vee died on Oct. 24 at a care center in Rogers, Minn., but his music will live on as he netted 38 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 10 of which made it to the Top 20. He even once hired Bob Dylan to perform as a backup in his band before the Nobel Prize-winning musican made it on his own.
“Take Good Care of Me Baby” is perhaps Vee’s best-known song, reaching #1 in the charts back in 1961. He was a rock and roll artist with pop influences who appeased the masses.
The North Dakota-native had one of the lengthiest careers in rock history, beginning his professional days in 1959 before hanging his guitar 55 years later in 2014.
Vee was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2011, while the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame added him in 2014.
The musician had a short-lived acting career as well, starring in four films including the 1962 Charlos Barton movie Swingin’ Along. Vee was one of the first artists to appear in music videos, often considered to be a pioneer in the art form.
His death is believe to have been caused by complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.