- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) - The sons of former teen idol Bobby Vee are working to digitally archive his musical legacy before it’s lost.

The St. Cloud Times (https://on.sctimes.com/1K3j5aA ) reports the archiving project includes hundreds of hours of Vee’s analog recordings, including cassettes, reels and acetate discs. The conversion to digital began a few weeks ago at the family’s recording studio in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Time is running out to save Vee’s recordings, said his son Tommy Velline.

“All that tape has a life expectancy, and we’re nearing the end of it for a lot of material,” Velline said. “It’s kind of become urgent we get all of that tape and transfer it to a computer.”

Vee rose to fame after filling in for Buddy Holly at a 1959 show in Moorhead, Minnesota, after Holly died in a plane crash. Tuesday is the 56th anniversary of the crash that also killed Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Vee, originally from Fargo, North Dakota, was 15 at the time.

“It’s a fascinating story. A one-of-a-kind story of the boy next door getting the golden ticket and making it to the big time,” said Al Neff, a radio show host who’s helping with the archiving project.

Vee hit the top of the U.S. music charts in 1961 with “Take Good Care of My Baby,” among other songs that made Billboard’s top 100. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, https://www.sctimes.com

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