1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Bobby Vee poses at the studio console at his family's Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn. Vee, whose rise toward stardom began as a 15-year-old fill-in for Buddy Holly after Holly was killed in a plane crash, died Monday Oct. 24, 2016 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 73. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Bobby Vee poses at the studio console at his family's Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn. Vee, whose rise toward stardom began as a 15-year-old fill-in for Buddy Holly after Holly was killed in a plane crash, died Monday Oct. 24, 2016 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 73. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Pop singer Bobby Vee, whose early 1960s hits included the chart-topping “Take Good Care of My Baby,” has died. He was 73.

Vee’s son, Jeff Velline, says Vee, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, died Monday.

Bobby Vee, 19-year-old American 'Pop" singer, on a three-week British tour, visits Claire Moindrot, 3 1/2 of Paris and presents her with a teddy bear during his visit, Nov. 15, 1962 at the Victoria Hospital For Children at Chelsea, London. Vee handed out some 150 dolls to young patients. He acquired the dolls from his many British fans have made a habit of tossing the dolls onto the stage after each performance.
Bobby Vee, 19-year-old American ‘Pop” singer, on a three-week British tour, visits Claire Moindrot, 3 1/2 of Paris and presents her with a teddy bear during his visit, Nov. 15, 1962 at the Victoria Hospital For Children at Chelsea, London. Vee handed out some 150 dolls to young patients. He acquired the dolls from his many British fans have made a habit of tossing the dolls onto the stage after each performance.

Born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was just 15 when he took the stage in nearby Moorhead, Minnesota, to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

Within months, Vee and his band, The Shadows, had a regional hit with “Suzie Baby.” Vee went on to record 38 Top 100 hits.

Vee also gave a young Bob Dylan his start. Dylan played briefly with Vee’s band and suggested he change his last name to Vee.

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