The ‘Teen Idol’ Bobby Rydell died on Tuesday, April 5, at age 79 from pneumonia.
Rydell’s death was just days before he turned 80. Radio legend Jerry Blavat confirmed Rudell’s death.
Blavat and Rydell were very close friends.
“He had the best pipes and was the greatest entertainer. He told the best stories, did the best impersonations, and was the nicest guy,” Jerry Blavat said.
Bobby Rydell appeared in 1963 in the musical comedy ‘Bye Bye’. Born in Philadelphia, Robert Louis Ridarelli had hist as ‘Volare’, ‘Wild One’.
He acted alongside Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, and Janet Leigh.
Was the Rydell High School in Grease named after him?
Before British rock came into America, Rydell was the teen pop star of the moment.
Rydell’s fame reached one of the best musicals ever made as ‘Grease’.
Bobby Rydell was honored during the film. The name of high school that appears in the movie –Rydell High School– was named after him.
“It was so nice to know that the high school -in ‘Grease’– was named after me,” Rydell said in the past.
“And I said, ‘Why me?’ It could have been Anka High, Presley High, Everly High, Fabian High, Avalon High. And they came up with Rydell High, and once again, total honor.”
Bobby Rydell had 34 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. By age 6, Rydell started singing and playing the drums.
When Rydell turned 7-years-old, he began performing professionally in the Philadelphia with South New Jersey area.
In 1950, Rydell won a talent show on a TV series named Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club, and he stayed at the show.
Rydell’s fame was exploited when he signed with Philadelphia’s Cameo Records.