'60s teen idol Bobby Vee displays artwork at Minnesota art gallery


Former 1960s teen pop music idol Bobby Vee is exhibiting his artwork in his hometown of St. Joseph, The Associated Press reported.

Vee has reportedly been painting for his own enjoyment for years. The exhibit, which started Friday at The Satellite Gallery in St. Joseph, runs through Sunday.

The singer-musician is also selling digitally reproduced signed prints at the exhibit, with proceeds going to the Bobby Vee Foundation for the Arts.

Born in Fargo, N.D., Vee got his start in 1959 at a Moorhead gig after Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash.

Vee went on to record 38 Top 100 hits and earn seven gold records. He scored a No. 1 hit in 1961 with "Take Good Care of My Baby," and his other Top 10 hits include "Come Back When You Grow Up," "Devil or Angel," "Rubber Ball/Every Day," "Run to Him" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."

Vee, 69, announced in April that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He is currently working his next album.

See a Minnesota Original video from TPT about Vee's career below.

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