Bobby Rydel, who enjoyed numerous American hits during his teenage pop hobby in the early 1960s, has died at the age of 79. He developed complications from pneumonia and died at a hospital in his home country Philadelphia.

With songs of benevolent romance sung in his pure, soulful voice, Rydel has made the U.S. Top 10 five times – with We Got Love, Swingin ‘School, his version of the standard Volare, Wild One (also in the UK Top 10) and Forget His . The latter is believed to have been the inspiration for The Beatles’ “She Loves You” after Paul McCartney said the song was inspired by Rydel’s unnamed number.

Rydell had 29 other hits that covered hoarse rock ‘n’ roll to a terrific ballad, including many other pop standards such as That Old Black Magic, Sway and Jingle Bell Rock, as well as songs that sang his region. such as Wildwood Days, an ode to a seaside city in New Jersey that has been on U.S. charts for nine weeks.

Born Robert Ridorelli in 1942, Rydell took his first break at the age of nine at the Paul Whitman Teen Club Talent Show. He was a skilled drummer as well as a singer, and his path crossed with another future teenage heartwife from Philadelphia, Frankie Avalon, in the band Rocco and the Saints, before Rydel became a solo singer.

Performance in 2017 with Fabian and Frankie Avalon. Photo: Larry Marana / Rex / Shutterstock

Rydell has toured Europe and Australia, playing at the famous New York nightclub Copacabana. He made a brief leap to acting with supporting roles alongside Janet Lee, Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret in the 1963 romantic comedy Bye Bye Birdie, but didn’t want to move to California to focus on a film career.

Like many of his teenage idol brothers, Rydel’s pop culture quickly faded after the Beatles and the British invasion, but his career was supported by music and acting in many crazy shows, most notably The Red Skelton Show. And inspired by a steady, increasingly nostalgic fan, he continued to tour for the rest of his life, for example, as part of a trio with Frankie Avalon and Fabian as Golden Boys of Bandstand. He also fell in love with the disco hobby of the late 70s, rewriting Sway in style.

Among those who pay tribute to Rydell was writer Stephen King, who said he was one of the “most talented teen idols of the ’50s and early’ 60s.”

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/apr/06/bobby-rydell-us-pop-idol-of-the-early-1960s-dies-aged-79

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