Bobby Rydell

Professional Singer + Mainly of Rock and Roll Music
Born Apr 26, 1942

Bobby Rydell is an American professional singer, mainly of rock and roll music. In the early 1960s he was considered a so-called "teen idol". According to Allmusic music journalist Kim Summers, Rydell, whose interest in show business began at the age of four years, "is one of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the US.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Rydell.


1942 Birth Born on April 26, 1942.
1950 8 Years Old Rydell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. In 1950, he won a talent show on the television series Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club and gained a spot on the cast, where he remained for several years. … Read More


1959 17 Years Old After three unsuccessful singles for small companies, he signed a recording contract with Cameo Records. "Kissin' Time", his first single, reached the charts in 1959.
1960 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1960, Rydell toured Australia with The Everly Brothers, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs and The Crickets, recording an Australian version of "Kissin' Time" for the event.
He performed at the Copacabana in New York in 1961, where he was the youngest performer to headline at the nightclub.


1963 21 Years Old Rydell released the song "Wildwood Days" in 1963. … Read More
His last major chart success was "Forget Him", which reached number 4 on the Hot 100 in January 1964. … Read More
1968 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1968, it was announced in the UK music magazine NME that Rydell had signed a long term recording contract with Reprise Records company. … Read More


2009 67 Years Old He remarried in 2009 to Linda Hoffman. … Read More
2012 70 Years Old 1 More Event
However, Rydell cancelled his 2012 Australia tour because his health had deteriorated significantly and he was in need of urgent major surgery.
2013 71 Years Old In January 2013, six months after double transplant surgery, Rydell returned to the stage in Las Vegas for a three night engagement to a sold out audience.
2014 72 Years Old He continues to perform internationally and he returned to tour Australia in 2014. … Read More
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