1961 Bobby Vee – Stayin’ In

1961 Bobby Vee – Stayin’ In 

John D. Loudermilk wrote a song that Bobby Vee released in 1961, but I’m not sure many radio stations are still willing to play it. The first line of the song is not what we would usually expect from Bobby:

I punched my buddy in the nose after lunch

It turns out that his buddy was telling lies about the singer’s girlfriend, and he decided the only way to defend her honor was (gulp!) violence. And Bobby isn’t even sorry he hit him:

I did it then, and I’d do it again

The single stalled at #33 on the Hot 100 in 1961, so perhaps the lyrics repelled stations even back then. 

The b-side of the single was a cover of a song from the second album the Crickets recorded after the tragic death of Buddy Holly. Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis wrote the song. Their single failed to reach the Hot 100 in the US but got as high as #26 in the UK.

Bobby’s version of More Than I Can Say stalled at #61 on the Hot 100 but reached #4 in the UK. Bobby also performed the song in the film Swingin’ Along

A few months later, Bobby recorded his most successful single. Take Good Care of My Baby topped the Hot 100 in September 1961.


I have collected older articles about Lost or Forgotten Oldies in my books.

Please visit my author page on Amazon where I sell my paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks. The Lost or Forgotten Oldies series starts with a volume entitled Introduction, which is only 99 cents.

You can even read the books for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: