The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame has announced inductees for 2014. The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame is held in conjunction with Norsk Hostfest. Inductees include Bobby Vee, Doc Severinsen and Sig Hansen with ceremonies held Oct. 1 in Minot.
Bobby Vee, who was born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo in 1943, first hit the charts with "Suzie Baby" in 1959. He went on to chart 38 songs on Billboard's Hot 100, including 10 that hit the top 20. Vee's 1961 classic song, "Take Good Care of My Baby" went all the way to number one and was followed with hits such as "Rubber Ball," "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and "Come Back When You Grow Up." He will be presented for induction into the hall of fame by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, and will be represented by sons Tommy and Jeff Vee in accepting the award.
Grammy-award winner Doc Severinson, another legend of music, will also become a member of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. He was the leader of The Tonight Show Band for 30 years and will be honored for his contributions to the music industry. Severinson continued his musical mastery after his appearance on The Tonight Show in 1992 by taking his band on the road. He and his band have played around the world, expanding their musical horizons.
Severinson will be presented for induction into the hall of fame by Anelise Sawkins, Danish Council for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Another inductee into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame will be Sig Hansen, who is an entertainment star and technical advisor on the television series Deadliest Catch. He caught the fishing bug at age 14 and began working on the family's fishing boat. Eventually that led to him being in charge of the boat and winning a following on the hit TV show. He will be presented for induction into the hall of fame by Doug Dixon, general manager of Pacific Fisherman, Inc. Shipyard.
"The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame pays tribute to men and women of Scandinavian descent who have excelled in their chosen fields, and we have some truly accomplished inductees for 2014," said Norsk Hostfest president David Reiten.
Tickets for the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame Awards Banquet are $46 and available online at (hostfest.com) or by phone at 852-2368. The banquet will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot with a social held beforehand.