More than 100 children from Robert Frost Elementary School will perform when Bobby Vee presents his holiday program "Up North December" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.
In February 1959, a 15-year-old Bobby Vee stepped on stage and into the spotlight in Moorhead, Minn., as a last-second fill-in for Buddy Holly after Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash. He went on to become one of the signature voices of the era, racking up 38 chart hits such as "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Rubber Ball" and "The Night has a Thousand Eyes."
Billboard magazine named Vee "one of the top ten most consistent chart makers ever." Vee's latest project is a collection of new material composed for "Up North December."