Bobby Vee's only No. 1 hit

Bobby Vee
Portrait of singer Bobby Vee wearing a suit and tie, circa 1962.
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Today's Morning Edition music is from "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee.

A new play about his life is in the works. It will get its first public reading on Sunday in St. Paul during the History Theatre's Raw Stages New Works Festival.

Vee's life story starts in Fargo, N.D., where he grew up. His big break came in 1959 when he performed in place of Buddy Holly on the day that the singer was killed in a plane crash.

He briefly hired a then-unknown Bob Dylan to play piano in his band and released 38 songs that made the Top 100. This, though, was his only No.l hit.