Personalities | Bobby Rydell | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1942)

Philadelphia-born Robert Ridarelli regularly appeared on Paul Whiteman’s TV talent show, and played with Frankie Avalon in Rocco and The Saints, before signing with the local Cameo label in 1959. His biggest success was 1960’s million-selling US Top 3 hit, ‘Wild One’, although the same year’s ‘Volare’ (US Top 5) has aged better. Probably appreciated more for his good looks than his vocal prowess, Rydell accumulated 30 US hits by 1965.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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