Philly Dean statue, known as ‘Wild One’ and ‘Volare’ by Bobby Rydell, dies at 79

Bobby Rydell, 79, a singer who became known as the South Philly Teen idol with hits such as “Kiss’ Time,” “Wild One,” and “Wildwood Days,” continued his career in the show business for six decades. Died.

Mr. Rydell’s death was confirmed by her marketing and event coordinator Maria Novi, who said she died Tuesday afternoon at Jefferson Abington Hospital.

Mr. Rydell’s death was unexpected, and despite his many health problems, in 2012 he underwent a double transplant to replace his liver and kidney.

Mr. Philadelphia DJ Jerry Plovdt will perform at the Kimmel Center in January. Ryde had booked, but the singer was unable to perform due to ill health. According to Novi, the cause of death was non-Govt-19 pneumonia complications. Mr. Rydell’s wife, Linda J. Blavatt said Hoffman was next to him at the hospital.

Together with Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker and Fabian Forde, Dick Clark’s television show based in Philadelphia features four South Philly teen statues that found national audiences in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rydell is one. American Bandstand.

On Twitter, singer Tommy James called Mr. Rydeal “A good friend and one of my idols. He will be greatly missed.” Adam Weiner of the Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie Called him “a Southern Philly legend.”. Bobby did the biggest edition of ‘Volore’.

Born in Robert Ridderley, he won the Paul Whiteman Talent Competition TV Teen Club In 1950 the show and soon changed his stage name to Rydell. Before he reached his teens, he was an international star, toured Australia with the Everly Brothers in 1960, and became the youngest artist to head to Copacabana in New York in 1961.

Many of his successes began in 1959, when he signed with Philly’s Cameo Records (later Cameo became Parkway). His first “Kiss Time”, followed by his first million salesman “We Got Love” and “Little Pitty” Girl, his second. In 1960, he magnified it with a cover edition of Dominico Maduknov’s “Volare” and “Wildwood Days” in 1963, which became a song of celebration and nostalgia for generations of Philadelphia jersey shoppers.

In the same year, he starred in the film version of the musical with Ann-Margaret and Dick Van Dyke. Bye bye Birdie. His name is closely related to the period before the British invasion of vintage rock-and-roll, school in 1971 music and 1978 film. Greece Known as Rydell High.

Of all the teen-idol singers, “he had the best tubes,” Plovdit said Tuesday. “He can do Sinatra, he can do anything. Listen to the song” Volare “. He can do comedy. He played drums. He was a great mimic. He was on. Red Skelton Show Many times. He may have been as big as Bobby Dare, but he did not want to leave Philadelphia.

Mr. Rydell’s father, Adrio, began taking him to entertainment venues such as the RTA Club and the Eri Social Club in South Philadelphia when he was 7 years old, and asked if his talented son could sit down with the house band and play drums.

When Elvis Presley’s career came to a halt, Avalon, along with Fabian and Checker, began as a crook in his teens before becoming the rock-and-roll sensation who helped fill Elvis Presley’s career barrier. Army in 1958.

“I’m not really a rock-and-roll singer,” he said. Rydell told The Inquire in 2016 when he released his memoirs. Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chance. “This is what you have to do to create it. I’m an American songbook guy.”

When asked about a favorite song in his album, Mr. Rydell responds without hesitation. It was “Wildwood Days,” the ode to the seaside town, where he managed to escape when he grew up in a rogue house on 11th Street in South Billy. His grandmother had a hostel there. “It’s the national anthem of Jersey Beach,” he said.

Mr. When Rydell’s career began in 1961, his father resigned from his job at Electro-Knight Carbon to become his road manager. A few years later, Mr. Rydell moved his parents and grandparents to a house with him in the Ben Valley, where he lived until he moved to Blue Bell in 2019.

By the mid-1960s the big hits for Philly Teen statues had stopped coming Bandstand Went to Los Angeles and came to the Beatles. But Rydell continued to perform.

“[I] Can’t believe the voice ability [Rydell] In 2016, Avalon said. “As an actor, comedian, impressionist, and good-natured audience, he is without a doubt one of the most talented men of my entire generation.”

Mr. The title of Rydell’s memoir refers to his struggle with alcohol, which he said began in 1992 when his first wife, Camille, who died in 2003, was first diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I have no right to feel sorry for myself,” he wrote Teen Idol. “I know very well how I was. Drinking for decades has destroyed my body and damaged my liver and kidneys. No one can blame me except you.”

Mr. Rydell married Hoffman, a nurse and X-ray technician in 2009. After his 20-hour double kidney and liver transplant in 2012, he underwent heart bypass surgery the following year.

However, in South Philadelphia and Wildwood the mural-decorating Mr. Rydell continued to perform, often with Forde and Avalon. With the Golden Boys and as a solo artist, Mr. Rydell averaged three dozen shows a year leading up to the onset of the epidemic. The trio returned to the stage in Lancaster in August, but in January Mr. Rydal was unable to hold a show. Singer Lou Christie filled him in.

At the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, a show originally scheduled for March has been rescheduled for June, “We hope he will have the strength to do that show again,” Novi said.

Novi was first introduced to Mr. Novie said he met Rydell and Hoffman at a malt shop Memories Cruise, where he “sat and talked and took pictures with everyone.” “He’s a Philadelphia guy, I’m never forgotten where he came from. I’m never seen him turn down an autograph request, that’s never. We’ll wait for the car. He’s signing an autograph on the roof.

Apart from his wife, Mr. Rydell lives with his daughter Jennifer Tulin and son, Robert Ridderley and five grandchildren. No funeral or memorial service arrangements were made at this time.

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