Bobby Rydell, the vocalist of “Wild One,” died at the age of 79.
According to a statement provided by his reps, Bobby Rydell, a 1960s adolescent idol remembered for songs like “Wild One” and his portrayal as Hugo Peabody in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” has died. He was 79 years old at the time.
According to the statement, Rydell died on April 5 in Abington, Pennsylvania, from pneumonia problems unconnected to Covid-19. According to the statement, Rydell was born Robert Ridarelli and had his debut song on the Billboard 100 in 1959. He went on to enjoy a career that includes 34 top 100 songs and more than 25 million record sales. Rydell was an advocate for organ donation and a supporter of The Gift of Life, a group that aids families affected by organ transplants. In his 2016 biography “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances,” he revealed that he had a double organ transplant in 2012. According to the statement, Rydell is survived by his wife, Linda J. Hoffman, son Robert Ridarelli, daughter Jennifer Dulin, and five grandkids.
They have a son named Rydell. He won a talent show on the TV show Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club in 1950. He got a place in the cast, where he stayed for a long time. Bobby Rydell was his new name, and he played in a lot of bands in the Philadelphia area. He got a record deal with Cameo Records after three singles for small labels didn’t work out. The song “Kissin’ Time” hit the top of the charts in 1959, after a few other songs failed. In May 1960, Rydell went on tour with the Everly Brothers, Billy “Crash” Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs, and The Crickets in Australia, with the help of Marv Johnson. A version of “Kissin’ Time” that was made for the trip.
It was his second number one. It was his first million-selling record, which earned him a gold disc. After “Wild One,” he had “Little Bitty Girl.” With “Swingin’ School,” which came with “Ding-A-Ling,” he kept putting out good songs, and Volare sold over a million copies later that year. In 1961, he made his first appearance at the Copacabana in New York City, where he was the club’s youngest star. In February 1961, he took part in the Festival du Rock in Paris, France. It was held at the Palais des Sports de Paris.
Adrio was a foreman at the Electro-Nite Carbon Company in Philadelphia for 22 years. In 1961, he resigned to become his son’s road manager because Rydell was having a good time and had a good future.
At the end of 1963, “Wildwood Days” by Rydell made the Billboard Hot 100 list. It was at the top of the list and stayed there for nine weeks. A 2014 mural on the Wildwood, New Jersey beachfront honours Rydell, the singer whose song made the town famous across the country.
As Hugo Peabody in the film adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie, he starred with Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke in the movie that same year. Hugo did not speak in the original stage version of Bye Bye Birdie. In the movie, the screenplay was changed to give Rydell more screen time. It was made by Sony Pictures in 2011 and made into a new movie. People from Rydell and Ann-Margret were at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ restoration premiere in Beverly Hills, and they saw the movie.
It was 1998, and Rydell Rydell had a lot of hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1960s. When he was a recording artist, he had 34 Top 100 hits, which made him one of the best artists of his time (Billboard). Volare (number 4), Swingin’ School (number 5), Kissin’ Time (number 11), Sway, I’ve Got Bonnie, and The Cha- (number 19) were some of his most popular songs (number 10). “Forget Him” was his last big hit. It reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1964. The song was written by Tony Hatch. It was his fifth and last gold disc winner.
Later in 1964, Rydell left Cameo-Parkway Records and joined Capitol Records, which was a record company. The British Invasion had already come by this time, and Rydell’s popularity had dropped.
The Red Skelton Show was one of the shows he appeared on during this time. He played Zeke Kadiddlehopper, Clem Kadiddlehopper’s younger cousin, written for him by Red Skelton. Danny Thomas, Jack Benny, Joey Bishop, and George Burns also had shows where he was a guest. To Tell the Truth and The Milton Berle Show were two of his favourite shows. In 1964, he was on both shows. On October 6, 1964, he had his first real acting job. He was a guest star on the TV show Combat! in the episode “Duel.”
Rydell led a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band that was looking for their big break in a TV pilot called Swingin’ Together, made by Desilu Productions, in 1963.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 103rd Engineer Battalion, Rydell was also a part of the group.
In January 1968, the British music magazine NME said that Rydell signed a long-term deal with Reprise Records. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he kept playing in nightclubs, supper clubs, and Las Vegas venues. ABKCO Records didn’t want to put Rydell’s songs on their records, so the full catalogue wasn’t available until 2005. The reason is that in 1995, his hits were changed for K-tel Records, but he did the same thing with them in 1994. When he was done with “Sway” in 1965, he had one more hit, a disco re-recording of the song that went to number one in 1976.
With Frankie Avalon and Fabian, he and Rydell were called “The Golden Boys.” Rydell kept performing on the road all his life. In 2016, his autobiography came out.