Bobby Rydell, 1960s Pop Idol and Star of ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Dies at 79.
Bobby Rydell, the epitome of the early ’60s “teen idol,” who parlayed that image into a starring role in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” died today at age 79. The cause of death was pneumonia.
His death just days away from his 80th birthday was confirmed by radio legend Jerry Blavat, Rydell’s longtime friend from the singer’s South Philadelphia stomping grounds. “Out of all the kids” from that era, Blavat said, “he had the best pipes and was the greatest entertainer. He told the best stories. did the best impersonations and was the nicest guy.”
Rydell’s fame as the epitome of an American teen pop star in the days just prior to rock’s British Invasion was such that Rydell High School in the Broadway musical and subsequent film “Grease” was named after him.
Bobby Rydell cause of death
The cause of death was pneumonia.
The singer had 34 singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the most well-remembered of which include “Wild One,” which reached No. 2, and “Volare,” a No. 4 hit. Other top 10 songs included “Swingin’ School,” “The Cha-Cha-Cha.” His run of top 10 songs began with “We Got Love,” which reached No. 6 in 1959, and ended with “Forget Him” in 1964.
Bobby Rydell wife and children
The legendary musician was married twice. He married his first wife Camille Quattrone Ridarelli in 1968 but she died in 2003. He married his current wife Linda Hoffman in 2009 until his death.
Bobby Rydell had two children; Jennifer Ridarelli and Robert Ridarelli.
Bobby Rydell net worth
Before his death, Bobby Rydell was worth $10 million, thanks to his successful music career.
When is Bobby Rydell funeral?
The funeral and burial arrangements for Bobby Rydell are expected to be announced this week. We shall update you on new developments.