Song of the Day: Bobby Vee – Suzy Baby 03 Feb 15

Today’s Song of the Day is Suzy Baby. It was on this date in 1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were travelling to Moorhead, Minnesota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set – covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, in 1958. Robert Velline, then aged 15, and a hastily-assembled band of Fargo, North Dakota, schoolboys calling themselves the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorheadengagement. Their performance there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Velline’s career as a popular singer.  He had his first single with “Suzie Baby”, an original song penned by Vee that nodded towards Buddy Holly‘s “Peggy Sue” for the Minneapolis-based Soma Records in 1959; it drew enough attention and chart action to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him to their label later that year.