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Bobby Rydell

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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.

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  • marjo47

    golden oldie.

    10 May 5:47pm Reply
  • vanjohnsonnow

    van johnson - reverbnation

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LPaone

    This era was the very best.... Most singers were very good and one enjoyed listening and dancing to their songs. Not like today, when its hard to even know what their saying,,, and everything is about the sex look.... I feel very fortunate growing up when I did.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LPaone

    This era was the very best.... Most singers were very good and one enjoyed listening and dancing to their songs. Not like today, when its hard to even know what their saying,,, and everything is about the sex look.... I feel very fortunate growing up when I did.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • temp_sis

    so awesome

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kaylakaulitz

    Such a great voice :) and a cutie ;)

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    http://www.lastfm.de/music/Bobby+Rydell/+images/66241974

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • marcy50

    Love his music..he put out alot of great ones~

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • McCoyMcFlyer

    Kinda sucks that the British invasion sucked his fame away from him.

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • wildcrazysexy

    I love Bobbie. Over twenty years ago i attended a wedding and Bobbie was there; he ended up playing the drums. It was great and so is he.

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mornglo1g

    u make me wanna shout

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    Another Heart Throb of the 60s. Loved his Music. Got to meet him also. We were able to meet many top artists in those dances. They were awesome. Sometimes they were free, and other times they were just a few bucks. It was a great place to see your friends and to meet new ones too.

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • IRSARGE

    hey, stop by for ,to borrow some of your music tastes. thank's and have a gooood day!

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • auzziebird50

    Oh the sweet memories of growing up in the 60's!!!!!! wonderful

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • champagne_doll

    Could Rydell High in the movie Grease have possibly been named after this fella?

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • bobbysgirl39

    awesome guy

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • hisownparade

    I can't believe Bobby Rydell doesn't have a shout yet. This guy is amazing.

    7 Oct 2007 Reply

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