Produced Robert Ridarelli on April 26, 1942, in South Philadelphia, Bobby Rydell revealed his musical ability for a very young age, playing drums professionally in the age of 9. Bobby appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1959, and went to sell more than 25 million records during his livelihood. In the year 2012, he got a double organ transplant, and was back performing six months later.
From an extremely early age, Rydell loved emulating comics and impersonators he viewed on television. Understanding ability in his youthful son, Rydell’s dad encouraged him to perform, and by age 5 Rydell was taking drum lessons. His young son made his professional debut in age 9 on Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club as the bandleader’s drummer, which he continued to do for another 36 months. It was during this time that Whiteman altered Bobby’s last name to the less ethnic “Rydell.”
As a teen in the late ’50s, Rydell sat in withlocal dance band Rocco as well as the Saints, which includedfellow future star Frankie Avalon. The group’s supervisor, Frankie Day, singled out Rydell to get a job as a solo performer, and presented him to record label executives. Rydell’s best known hits are “Wild One,” “Sway,” “Volare” and “Forget Him.”