Pop singer Bobby Vee, who died at age 73 on Monday (Oct. 24) after complications from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was a major force on the Billboard charts throughout the 1960s and one of the very first teen pop idols.
Beginning with “Suzie Baby,” Vee entered the Billboard Hot 100 on August 31, 1959. But it wasn’t until a year later that his fourth single, “Devil Or Angel,” helped him become a household name. The track was Vee’s first top 10 single, peaking at No. 6 on Oct. 17, 1960, and launched him into stardom at only 17 years old. The song also landed at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart (now called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart) on Nov 7, 1960.