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Bobby Rydell

One of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the country, Bobby Rydell's interest in show business began at the ripe age of four. His performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings "Wild One" and "Volare" made him a famous show business performer of the '60s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer mostly in pursuing a musical career rather than an acting career.

Bobby Rydell was born Robert Ridarelli in Philadelphia. It was his father who encouraged him to pursue a career in show business. At the age of four, Rydell would sit in front of the TV and impersonate such performers as Milton Berle, Louis Prima and Johnny Ray. He also admired drummer Gene Krupa and began playing the drums at the age of six. At the age of seven and with his father's encouragement, Rydell began performing in nightclubs in Philadelphia.

In 1950, Bobby Rydell entered the amateur show of Paul Whiteman; his first-place win gained him a regular part on the show. He stayed with the Whiteman show for three years and then went to join several local bands in Philadelphia. It was here too that Bobby Ridarelli became the easier-to-pronounce Bobby Rydell. At 16 he began playing with local groups, landing a spot as a drummer for Rocco and the Saints. (Frankie Avalon, another Philadelphia-born musician, played trumpet for the group.) While with the band, Rydell signed a recording contract with Cameo/Parkway Records in Philadelphia. His hit "Kissin' Time," recorded in the summer of 1959, launched his musical career and made him a teen idol at the age of 17.

After making his first hit recording, he pursued a solo career, performing at the Copacabana in New York in 1961, where he was an instant hit. Rydell made his acting debut in 1962 on the television show Combat! One year later, he starred as Hugh Peabody in the famous musical Bye Bye Birdie. It was only after his acting debut that he fervently began playing the nightclub circuit.

With records like We Got Love, Wildwood Days and Sway, Rydell made himself a hit. Along with Frankie Avalon and Fabian, Bobby Rydell is known as a Philadelphia-born teen idol, known not only for his musical genius but also his handsome looks. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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That Old Black Magic & Volare.
I saw him 2 years ago in Pittsburgh. This bent over little old man struggled to get up on stage, but once he started to sing, we all went back 45 years. What a voice!
I just love to hear Bobby sing,I am a baby boomer and his songs have stayed with me all these years!My 11 year old grandson also loves his singing,I think that's a testament of Bobby Rydells talent!
Swingin' school - an early Rock 'n' roll classic
There are a few really good versions of this great song - and Bobby Rydell's is one of them
Forget him - my favourite Bobby Rydell song - wonderful to hear it again
I can't believe that I hadn't ever heard this song! I love it…just like I love Bobby Rydell ;)
In my opinion Please Don't Be Mad is the BEST song Bobby Rydell ever made.
wow...I use to like Bobby...but now that I found out that he had a '3 year old girlfriend' I'm questioning my judgment...y o u ' r e 'Strung' if she's too young....Jay . . .
I was looking at the cover and wondering where I had seen him, then I remembered at about the same time I saw the paragraph thingy on him Bye Bye Birdie.
rooodee2
Bobby Rydell was my boyfriend when I was 3. I still love him and listen to his timeless music whenever I can
Got Wild one on camero records
wheni moved to the east coast, i thought that all the italian guys were going to look like bobby, frankie, fabian...... . . . . . n o t so much!
this era of music is the very best there is especially with that special person that you want to get close to.
Great song! My dad used to sing this to me....being Italian its a whole lot of memories!
steve3691
His music is timeless.... . . . g r e a t voice!
Bobby Rydell...tha t ' s my mum's music!
One of a kind yea yea yea the swinger miss him
dianek22
Saw Bobby with the Golden Boys in April .... He smiled at me and said he liked the old autographed fan club picture I was holding up. Loved him in the 60's and still do !!
steve3691
This guy was a terrific singer, what a voice!!
SUCH A FUN PERFORMER - I LOVE ALL HIS MUSIC AND MISS SEEING HIM IN PERSON
yea yea yea ...I go to Swingin' School!!!
Bobby had the voice that set him apart from the other PA performers of the early 60's. Always loved his songs.
vrtualstny
i took your baby from you away?
Ma used to play Rydell records growing up, along with Tom Jones, Elvis & Engelbert, I grew up with a lot crooning, also Dean Martin, but Sinatra didn't happen, my Ma claimed he had a bad attitude, and was a snob. I agree, but I still listen to Frank & Sammy
Bobby Rydell's Beautiful Voice reflects his Beautiful Heart~ his songs can bring a feeling that no words can express~ I thank the Universe for all the Happiness I have known through his talent~
I have always loved Bobby's songs. You can actually make out the words to his songs.
Anything Bobby sings, is very entertaining . Although, as you point out, he came from the Philly area with the likes of Avalon and Fabian, the quality of his voice is so much better than Avalon's. Of course Fabian had no singing voice at all and shouldn't be considered remotely in the same league.
i think the best song i have enjoyed is swingin school and i would like to hear it next
Love to hear Bobby sang Volare. No one can give this song like Bobby Rydell

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