North Dakota Hall of Fame Inducts Bobby Vee

BOBBY VEE Robert Thomas Velline was Born in Fargo, North Dakota to Sydney Ronald Velline and Saima Cecilia Tapanila on April 30, 1943. Velline’s career began amid tragedy. On “The Day the Music Died” (February 3, 1959), the three headline acts in the line-up of the traveling ‘Winter Dance Party’—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper—were killed, along with 21-year-old pilot Roger Peterson, in the crash of a 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza v-tailed aircraft near Clear Lake, Iowa, while en route to the next show on the tour itinerary in Moorhead, Minnesota. Velline, then aged 15, and a hastily-assembled band of Fargo, North Dakota, schoolboys calling themselves the Shadows volunteered for

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North Dakota Music Hall of Fame Inducts Lawrence Welk

LAWRENCE WELK Born in Strasburg ND to Ludwig and Christiana Welk on March 3, 1903 as the 6th of 8 children. Lawrence struck a deal with his dad as a teenager to purchase a mail order accordian for $400.  In exchange, he would stay and work on the family farm until he was 21. Lawrence kept his word and on his 21st birthday, left the farm to pursue the music career that he loved.  During the 1920s, he performed with the Luke Witkowski, Lincoln Boulds, and George T. Kelly bands before starting his own orchestra. He led big bands in North Dakota and eastern South Dakota. These included the Hotsy Totsy Boys

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