Pop heartthrob Bobby Vee has announced via his personal blog that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Thomas Velline, has known about his condition for about a year, but just recently made the news public.
"As my buddy Fabian says, getting old is not for the meek," writes the North Dakota native and long-time Minnesota resident, whose hits include "Devil or Angel," and "Rubber Ball." "I think he may be right. A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with the mild stages of Alzheimer's disease... Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music."
The music portion comes in the form of an upcoming record from Bobby Vee and the Vees titled The Adobe Sessions
, which was created in his Tucson garage. Hear a song from the album featuring snapshots of his family on a recent road trip, and read his message to fans below.More »