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Bobby Rydell

Rydell in 1998
Background information
Birth name Robert Louis Ridarelli
Born April 26, 1942 (1942-04-26) (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Rock and roll
Traditional popular music
Occupations Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1958 – present
Labels Cameo-Parkway (U.S.)
Columbia (UK)

Bobby Rydell (born Robert Louis Ridarelli, April 26, 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]) is an American teen idol from the early 1960s era of rock and roll. According to Allmusic music journalist, Kim Summers, "Rydell is one of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the U.S., and his interest in show business began at the age of four. His performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings "Wild One" and "Volare" made him a famous performer in the 1960s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer mostly in pursuing a musical rather than an acting career."[1]



In 1950, Rydell entered the amateur show of Paul Whiteman; his first-place gained him a regular part on the show.[1] He stayed with the Whiteman show for three years, changing his name to Bobby Rydell, which was easier to pronounce. He then went to join several local bands in Philadelphia.[1] As a teenage drummer, he played alongside Frankie Avalon in a band known as Rocco and the Saints.[1] He was later signed to a recording contract by Cameo Records, and his debut hit "Kissin' Time," recorded in the summer of 1959, launched his musical career and made him a teen idol at the age of 17.[1] Rydell was considered one of the teen idols alongside Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Johnny Tillotson, Jimmy Clanton and Bobby Vee. In May 1960 Rydell toured Australia with The Everly Brothers, Crash Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs and The Crickets, recording an Australian version of "Kissin'Time" for the event ("they're kissin' in Sydney. Perth and Brisbane too...").

His second hit "We Got Love" was his first million seller, gaining gold disc status.[2] "Wild One", backed with "Little Bitty Girl", was his second million-selling disc in 1959; followed by further gold disc honours for "Ding-a-Ling", backed with "Swingin' School", plus "Volare" the following year.[3] After making his first hit recordings, he pursued a solo career, performing at the Copacabana in New York in 1961, where he was an instant hit.[1][2] In February 1961 he appeared at the Festival du Rock, at the Palais des Sports de Paris in Paris, France.[4]

In 1963, he portrayed Hugo Peabody in the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie with Ann Margret and Dick Van Dyke.[1]

During the 1960s, Rydell had numerous hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. These included his most popular hit, 1960's "Wild One" (his highest charting single, it reached #2). Other songs included, "Volare" (#4), "Swingin' School" (#5), "Kissin' Time" (#11), "Sway" (#14), "I've Got Bonnie" (#18) and "The Cha-Cha-Cha" (#10). His last major chart hit was "Forget Him" (which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963), just before the British Invasion hit the American music industry. The song was his fifth and final gold disc winner.[5]

During this time, Rydell also appeared on many television shows, including the Red Skelton Show and the Danny Thomas Show. On October 6, 1964, he was a guest star on an episode of the TV series, Combat!, playing opposite Vic Morrow.[1] This was Rydell's first dramatic acting role.[1]

In January 1968, it was announced in the UK music magazine, NME, that Rydell had signed a long term recording contract with Reprise Records.[6] Rydell continued to perform in nightclubs, supper clubs and Las Vegas venues throughout the 1970s and 1980s (although his career was hindered by the fact that ABKCO Records did not release any of the Cameo-Parkway hits until 2005, forcing him to re-record his old hits which were issued by K-tel). He still performs as a solo act, and part of 'The Golden Boys' (with Frankie Avalon and Fabian).

DUI offences

In 2010, Rydell was placed on probation for a Drunk driving offence[7][8]


In both the Broadway musical, Grease and the film, Grease, the high school was named 'Rydell High' after Bobby Rydell.[9]

Chart singles

Release date Title B-side Chart Positions
U.S. Hot 100[10] U.S. AC[11] U.S. R&B[11] UK Singles Chart[12]
1959 "Kissin' Time" "You'll Never Tame Me" 11 29
"We Got Love" b/w 6
"I Dig Girls" 46
1960 "Wild One" b/w 2 10 7
"Little Bitty Girl" 19
"Swingin' School" b/w 5 44
"Ding A Ling" 18
"Volare" "I'd Do It Again" 4 9 22
"Sway" b/w 14 12
"Groovy Tonight" 70
1961 "Good Time Baby" b/w 11 42
"Cherie" 54
"The Fish" "The Third House" 25
"I Wanna Thank You" "The Door To Paradise" 21
"Teach Me To Twist" † 109 45
"Jingle Bell Rock" † 21 40
1962 "I've Got Bonnie" 18
"Lose Her" 69
"I'll Never Dance Again" "Gee It's Wonderful" 14/109
"The Cha-Cha-Cha" "The Best Man Cried" 10
1963 "Butterfly Baby" "Love Is Blind" 23
"Wildwood Days" "Will You Be My Baby" 17/114
"Let's Make Love Tonight" "Childhood Sweetheart" 98
1964 "Forget Him" "Love, Love Go Away" 4 3 13
"I Just Can't Say Goodbye" 94
"Make Me Forget" 43
"A World Without Love" 50
1965 "Diana" 98 23
1976 "Sway" (Disco Version) 27

Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography by Kim Summers".|RYDELL&sql=11:3pfrxqr5ldke~T1. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 118. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 91. CN 5585. 
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 165. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 180. CN 5585. 
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  9. ^ Biography at (Official Site)
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles. 12th edn, 2009, pp. 848-849.
  11. ^ a b "Allmusic ((( Bobby Rydell > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))".|RYDELL&sql=11:3pfrxqr5ldke~T51. 
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 477. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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