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November 30, 2020

Bobby Rydell: American Teen Idol in the 1950s and Early ’60s

Born 1942 as Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American singer Bobby Rydell won a talent show on the television series Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club in 1950 and gained a spot on the cast, where he remained for several years.

In the early 1960s, Rydell was considered a teen idol. His most well known songs include “Wild One” and “Volare” (cover), and he appeared in the movie Bye Bye Birdie in 1963.

During the 1960s, Rydell had numerous hit records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His recording career earned him 34 Top 100 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era (Billboard). His last major chart success was “Forget Him”, which reached number 4 on the Hot 100 in January 1964. The song, written by Tony Hatch, was his fifth and final gold disc winner.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Bobby Rydell in the 1950s and 1960s.


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