Bobby Vee fighting through Alzheimer’s to record new album

Former teen idol Bobby Vee is set to release his first new album in over three decades as he continues to battle Alzheimer’s disease. The 1960s pop star was forced to quit performing live in 2011 after he was diagnosed with the degenerative condition, which robs sufferers of their memory, but Vee has not stopped making music – and his latest efforts, The Adobe Sessions, will hit retailers next week (begs03Feb14).
The project, which was recorded as a loose jam session with his family at their Arizona home, features covers of the 70 year old’s favourite tracks by Gordon Lightfoot, Townes Van Zandt and Ricky Nelson – a great feat considering Vee’s health crisis frequently leaves him tongue-tied.
He tells the Associated Press, “It’s not getting any better, I can tell you that. But I’m doing the best I can.”
The Adobe Sessions also includes Vee’s version of his old pal Bob Dylan’s track, The Man in Me, a tribute to the folk icon who got his start in Vee’s band The Shadows in 1959.
The Take Good Care of My Baby hitmaker has not released an album since 1975’s greatest hits compilation, The Very Best of Bobby Vee.