Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vees first exposure to the rock n roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vees group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their independent record Suzie Baby released on a major label, Liberty Records.
Vee was subsequently groomed as a soloist, his college-boy looks and boy-next-door persona cleverly combined with a canon of teenage anthems provided by Brill Building songwriters. One of his first recordings was a cover of Adam Faiths What Do You Want?, which failed to emulate the British artists UK chart-topping success. After charting in the US Top 10 with a revival of the Clovers 1956 hit Devil Or Angel, Vee found transatlantic success via the...
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