Bobby Rydell Movies and Career Information
Apr 26, 1942
Bobby Rydell (born Robert Louis Ridarelli, April 26, 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American teen idol from the early 1960s era of rock and roll. According to Allmusic music journalist, Kim Summers, Rydell, whose interest in show business began at the age of four, "is one of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the U.S. His performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings "Wild One" and "Volare" made him a famous performer in the 1960s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer mostly in pursuing a musical rather than an acting career." In 1950, Rydell competed on the amateur talent show, Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club; his first-place gained him a regular part on the program. He stayed with the Whiteman show for three years, changing his name to Bobby Rydell, which was easier to pronounce. He then went on to join several local bands in Philadelphia. As a teenage drummer, he played alongside Frankie Avalon in a band known as Rocco and the Saints. He was later signed to a recording contract by Cameo Records, and his debut hit "Kissin' Time," recorded in the summer of 1959, launched his musical career and made him a teen idol at the age of 17.
- Bobby Rydell Movies before 2012
- Bye Bye Birdie 1963