Bobby Rydell (born Robert Louis Ridarelli, was on born 26 April 1942 in Philadelphia,
During 1950, Rydell competed on the amateur talent television series, Paul Whiteman's TV Teen
Club; his first-place win gained him a regular role with the series. He worked with the Whiteman series for three
years, changing his name to Bobby Rydell. He later joined several local bands in Philadelphia. As a teenage
drummer, he played alongside Frankie Avalon in a musical ensemble known as Rocco and the Saints. He later had a
recording contract with Cameo Records company, and his debut success was "Kissin' Time," recorded during the summer
of 1959. Rydell was considered a "teen idol" along with Frankie Avalon, Pat Boone (on whose program Rydell
performed, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), Fabian, Johnny Tillotson, Jimmy Clanton and Bobby Vee. During May 1960
Rydell toured Australia with The Everly Brothers, Billy "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
His second success "We Got Love" was his first million-album seller, gaining gold disc status.
"Wild One", backed with "Little Bitty Girl", was his second million-selling album during 1959; succeeded by more
success with "Ding-a-Ling", backed with "Swingin' School", and the million-album selling "Volare" the next year.
After making his first successful recordings, he continued a solo career, performing at the Copacabana in New York
during 1961, where he was a success. In February 1961 he appeared at the Festival du Rock, at the Palais des Sports
de Paris in Paris, France.
Bobby's success and prospects led his father Aldo, foreman at the Electro-Nite Carbon Company in
Philadelphia, to resign in 1961 after 22 years to become his son's road manager.
Rydell released the song "Wildwood Days" during 1963. The song is about the shore town of The
Wildwoods in New Jersey.
During 1963, he played Hugo Peabody in the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie with Ann Margret and
Dick Van Dyke.
During the 1960s, Rydell had numerous successful songs on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.
These included his most popular successes, 1960's "Wild One" (his highest scoring single, it scored #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 success was "Forget Him" (which scored #4 on the Billboard Hot
100 during 1963), just before the so-called "British Invasion" of the American music industry. The song was his
fifth and final gold disc winner.
During this time, Rydell also performed on many television programs, including the Red Skelton
Show and the Danny Thomas Show. On October 6, 1964, he was a guest actor for an episode of the television series,
Combat!. This was Rydell's first dramatic acting role.
During January 1968, it was announced in the UK music magazine, NME, that Rydell had signed a
long term recording contract with Reprise Records company. 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 company did not release any of the Cameo-Parkway successes until 2005, forcing him to re-record his old
successes which were issued by K-tel) company. He still performs as a solo act, and part of 'The Golden Boys' (with
Frankie Avalon and Fabian).