Bobby Rydell
American professional singer, mainly of rock and roll music
Bobby Rydell
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.
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Bobby Rydell enters the 'No Spin Zone'
Fox News - 2 months
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RIP Bobby Vee, Who Grew Up to be a Little More Than Just a Clean-Cut Kid
Huffington Post - 4 months
Bobby Vee got blasted into rock 'n' roll under the worst circumstances imaginable. He and his new band filled in for Buddy Holly on Feb. 4, 1959, the night after Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash. "The show should have been cancelled," Vee admitted in a 1999 interview. "People coming in had just heard about the crash. It was like a wake. But since the promoters decided it would go on, they needed local talent to fill out the bill. All we wanted to do was find a way to get through it. Doing that show turned out to be one of my greatest lessons." It was a lesson learned well. Vee, who died Monday at the age of 73 in hospice outside Minneapolis from complications of early-onset Alzheimer's, soon became a full-blown top-40 star. More impressive, though less noted, he became a lifelong musician, playing his pop hits, some of Holly's songs, some '50s faves, a bunch of rockabilly - he's in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame - and great little curveballs l ...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 26-May 2
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
April 26: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 82. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 77. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 77. Singer Bobby Rydell is 73. Singer Gary Wright is 72. Actor Giancarlo Esposito ("Revolution," ''Breaking Bad") is 57. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 55. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 54. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 53. Actor Jet Li is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 51. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 50. Fiddler Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 47. Singer T-Boz of TLC is 45. Bassist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 44. Bassist Michael Jeffers of Pinmonkey is 43. Drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus is 39. Actor Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana") is 38. Actor Tom Welling ("Smallville") is 38. Actor Pablo Schreiber ("Weeds") is 37. Actress Jordana Brewster is 35. Actress Marnette Patterson ("Something So Right") is 35. Actor Channing Tatum is 35.
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Mike Ragogna: Smooth Jazz Cruisin': Conversations with ECP's Dane Butcher & Michael Lazaroff, Plus Brian Irving's "Garbage Man" Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BRIAN IRVING'S "GARBAGE MAN" Brian Irving--aka Rawkus Records and UPROXX.COM co-founder Brian Brater--drops his debut album Radiant Things on July 16th. Brian, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, synth and drum programmer, creates a lush atmosphere of conscious lyrics, and lo-fi/hi-fi computerized, neo-psychedelia with recent critical comparisons to Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, and Neon Indian. Check out this exclusive stream of his new song "Garbage Man" that features delayed guitar glitchiness, drum layers, and airy vocals and synths coupled with a clear environmental message about the dark side of our over-consumption. The song's opening lines, "Garbage Man, may your holy work be damned, Garbage Man, toxic waste is on your hands. What will you do, when the garbage starts eating you," shed light on the environmental and social consequences of our collective waste. Also enjoy Brian's recently released video for 'Eyes Wide'. It's an animated sufi mind-trip reple ...
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Strong Summer 'Wind' Blows Through Area Stages
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
New shows opening this week include Trilogy Repertory Co.'s free outdoor staging of "Inherit the Wind" at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The play is a dramatization of the famed Scopes Trial, in which a teacher was accused for violating state law for teaching evolution in a public school. And the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey is readying its annual summer production, which this year is the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Theatergoers can also see presentation of one-act plays by the Chester Theatre Group and Chatham Community Players. Meanwhile, time's running out to see the Shakespeare Theatre's outdoor presentation of "The Comedy of Errors" and the indoor staging of "The Liar." And that's just a taste of what's happening at this busy time of the year. There are more plays, musicals, along with lots of shows for kids and concerts, to check out as you seek some summer entertainment. So read the On ...
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'60s singer Rydell gets transplant
News-Leader - over 4 years
Sixties teen idol Bobby Rydell has undergone a liver and kidney transplant in Philadelphia. The 70-year-old singer had surgery last week. Rydell said his doctor didn't expect him to live much longer without the double organ transplant.
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Bobby Rydell undergoes double transplant
Fox News - over 4 years
Sixties teen idol Bobby Rydell has undergone a liver and kidney transplant in Philadelphia
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Branford Jazz Series: Trio, Aug. 2
Branford Patch - over 4 years
RENOWNED JAZZ TRIO TO PERFORM ON THE BRANFORD TOWN GREEN AUGUST 2 Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini, pianist Donn Trenner and versatile bassist Dave Daddario will unite on the Branford Town Green and perform in the Branford Jazz Series 2012 summer concert series on Thursday, August 2nd starting at 6:30 p.m. Known as one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today, Gene Bertoncini has won international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of Jazz”, due to his fluid technique and lyricism. Gene has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including: Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond as well as distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Edye Gorme. Gene’s CD, Someone to Light Up My Life, won international raves including recognition in Brazilian critic’s and listener’s pools, who named him as the best acoustic jazz guitarist.  His releases include a striking CD, Body and Soul, and his Acoust ...
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Strike Shuts Golden Gate Ferry
NBC Bay Area - almost 5 years
Ferry service resumes this afternoon. Photo Credit: Bob Redell
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Today in History 04.26.12
3 KATC - almost 5 years
Today is Thursday, April 26, the 117th day of 2012. There are 249 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 26, 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, resulting in widespread destruction; estimates of the number of people killed vary greatly, from the hundreds to the thousands. (The raid inspired Pablo Picasso's famous antiwar painting, "Guernica.") On this date: In 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. In 1785, American naturalist, hunter and artist John James Audubon was born in present-day Haiti. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed. (As he lay dying, Booth looked at his hands and gasped, "Useless, useless.") In 1909, Abdul Hamid II was deposed as sultan of the Ottoman Emp ...
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Jerry Waxman: The Revolution Was Televised (Only We Didn't Know It)
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Dance programs on radio were nothing new in 1957. They had been around in one form or another since the dance marathons of the Depression years. Swing bands used to do remote national hookups into living rooms across the country and the kids used to dance at their house parties until all hours. This was best illustrated in the movie The Benny Goodman Story, where the band is mobbed in California by hordes of teenagers. They had no way of knowing at that time that there was an audience in the west. Frank Sinatra's time with the Dorsey orchestra was well spent gathering him a multitude of fans that went crazy over him in public. His 1942 dates at the Paramount are legend with bobbysoxers screaming, swooning and dancing in the aisles during the show. Radio dance programs were standard stuff by the late 30's. In Philadelphia, radio station WPEN had two hosts, Joe Grady and Ed Hurst, who used to broadcast from the downtown studio on Walnut Street. There was a dance floor in the ...
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Images from American Bandstand
Oxford University Press Blog - almost 5 years
As we look back at the life and work of Dick Clark, we put together a slideshow of images from American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Empire by John Jackson.  var jsSlideshow = new Array(); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/clarkss3.jpg"); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/clarkss5.jpg"); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/clarkss6.jpg"); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/clarkss7.jpg"); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/clarkss13.jpg"); jsSlideshow.push("http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2 ...
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Divers Continue Search for Sierra Lamar
NBC Bay Area - almost 5 years
The Santa Clara Sheriff's dive unit Wednesday morning finished searching another percolation pond near Ogier and Monterey for Sierra Lamar. Searchers received permission to look in three private ponds. Photo Credit: Bob Redell
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Pedestrian Killed in Mountain View
NBC Bay Area - almost 5 years
The accident at Shoreline and Wright is snarling traffic this morning, but all roads are open. Photo Credit: Bob Redell
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Weekend shows set for entertainment - Tulsa World
Google News - over 5 years
It was pre-empted in early August but OETA has re-scheduled "Malt Shop Memories" with hosts Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian. The concert special, airing at 8 pm Saturday on KOED, channel 11, features the hit pop songs of the '60s with
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Good Morning: Link to old town opens connection to the past - Evansville Courier & Press
Google News - over 5 years
We recall going to Manhattan with our junior high school class to see Bobby Rydell. He was a heartthrob, especially to 11-year-old girls. It was so much fun, and we even were on television. Somebody's family was always going to a Mets game,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Rydell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 71
    He continues to perform internationally and he returned to tour Australia in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In both the Broadway musical drama Grease and the film Grease, the high school was named "Rydell High" after Rydell. In 2000 in the book, The Beatles Anthology (pg. 96), Paul McCartney said: "John (Lennon) and I wrote 'She Loves You' together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We’d planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'she loves you' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah.' We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called "She Loves You." So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it—John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars." No specific song title is given in The Beatles Anthology, but Bob Spitz writes in The Beatles: The Biography that McCartney originally modeled "She Loves You" on the Rydell "answering song" called "Swingin' School" (and not "Forget Him", as is commonly cited).
  • 2013
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 69
    In July 2012, he underwent a double organ transplant to replace his liver and kidneys at Thomas Jefferson University in his hometown of Philadelphia.
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    However, Rydell cancelled his 2012 Australia tour because his health had deteriorated significantly and he was in need of urgent major surgery.
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  • 2009
    Age 66
    He remarried in 2009 to Linda Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to perform as a solo act and has toured as part of The Golden Boys stage production since 1985 (with Frankie Avalon and Fabian).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 25
    He was married to his first wife Camille Quattrone Ridarelli from 1968-2003 until the time of her death.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to perform in nightclubs, supper clubs and Las Vegas venues throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but his career was hampered by Cameo-Parkway catalogue owner ABKCO Records' refusal to reissue Rydell's music, so the entire catalog was unavailable until 2005 (although he re-recorded his hits in 1995 for K-Tel Records).
  • 1964
    Age 21
    On October 6, 1964, he made a guest appearance on an episode of the television series Combat!
    More Details Hide Details This was Rydell's first dramatic acting role.
    Rydell left Cameo-Parkway Records later in 1964 and signed with Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he performed on many television programs, including the Red Skelton Show, where a recurring role was written for him by Red Skelton as Zeke Kadiddlehopper, Clem Kadiddlehopper's younger cousin. He also appeared on the Danny Thomas Show, Jack Benny, Joey Bishop, and The George Burns Show. Rydell was a regular on The Milton Berle Show.
    His last major chart success was "Forget Him", which reached number 4 on the Hot 100 in January 1964.
    More Details Hide Details The song, written by Tony Hatch, was his fifth and final gold disc winner.
  • 1963
    Age 20
    Rydell released the song "Wildwood Days" in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details That year he played Hugo Peabody in the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie with Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke. The original stage production of Bye Bye Birdie had no real speaking role for the character of Hugo, but the movie script was rewritten specifically to expand the part for Rydell. In 2011, Sony Pictures digitally restored this film. Rydell and Ann-Margret were in attendance at the restoration premiere in Beverly Hills by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During the 1960s, Rydell had numerous hit records on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart. His recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era (Billboard). These included his most popular successes, "Wild One" (his highest scoring single, at number 2), "Volare" (number 4), "Swingin' School" (number 5), "Kissin' Time" (number 11), "Sway" (number 14), "I've Got Bonnie" (number 18) and "The Cha-Cha-Cha" (number 10).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    Rydell's success and prospects led his father, Adrio, a foreman at the Electro-Nite Carbon Company in Philadelphia, to resign in 1961 after 22 years to become his son's road manager.
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    In February 1961 he appeared at the Festival du Rock, at the Palais des Sports de Paris in Paris, France.
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    He performed at the Copacabana in New York in 1961, where he was the youngest performer to headline at the nightclub.
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  • 1960
    Age 17
    His second success, "We Got Love", was his first million-album seller, gaining gold disc status. His 1960's "Wild One", backed with "Little Bitty Girl", was his second million-selling single; his successes continued with "Swingin' School" backed with "Ding-A-Ling", and the million-album selling Volare later that year.
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    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He changed his name to Bobby Rydell and played in several bands in the Philadelphia area.
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on April 26, 1942.
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