Bobby Rydell dead: Singer and teen idol who starred in Bye Bye Birdie has died aged 79

1950s and 60s singer and actor Bobby Rydell has died at the age of 79. He was best known for songs like “Volare” and “Wild One”.

Bobby Rydell passed away on Tuesday
Bobby Rydell passed away on Tuesday

Music legend Bobby Rydell has died aged 79.

The teen heartthrob singer, who rose to fame in the 1950s and ’60s, passed away on Tuesday TMZ.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, but a source close to the star told the publication he was recently diagnosed with pneumonia.

They insisted his death was not related to Covid.

Bobby’s greatest success in the industry came from his 1960 release of the singles Volare and Wild One.

He later took up acting as his career progressed.

His real name Robert Louis Ridarelli, Bobby’s big break came at the age of eight when he won a competition set up by jazz band leader Paul Whiteman.

He appeared on the star’s TV Teen Club talent show for a number of years, during which time he changed his stage name.

Bobby Rydell performing on a television show in London circa 1965


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Aside from his most popular records, Bobby was known for tunes like Kissin’ Time, We Got Love and Swinging School.

The latter made him a musical icon in Philadelphia and led to streets being named after him.

Paul McCartney also once said that the tune was an inspiration for the Beatles’ big hit She Loves You.

Bobby has also appeared on television, stage and film, and his acting career is most notable for his performance in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie, in which he starred opposite Dick Van Dyke.

The high school featured in the Broadway and film versions of Grease is also said to have been named after him – Rydell High.

Following news of his death, fans took to social media to send messages of condolence.

One Twitter user wrote: “So sad to report that my pal the legendary #BobbyRydell has just passed away at the age of 79. Rest in peace my dear friend…”

Bobby Rydell performs with the City Rhythm Orchestra In Concert at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on July 6, 2016 in New York City


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Another said: “So sad to hear of the passing of Bobby Rydell. I’ve had the honor of working with him so many times during my time with Oldies 98.

“Tons of concerts with the late Don Cannon. Pictured here with legend Sid Mark, who shared a special friendship with him. Rest in peace Bobby”

And a third wrote: “RIP Bobby Rydell you will surely be missed. We’ll think of you every time we go to Wildwood and sing along to one of your songs. Much love to your family. #BobbyRydell.”

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