Famous American singer Bobby Rydell who is well-known for his songs like “Wild One” has passed away at the age of 79 years. Bobby Rydell was a teen idol of his time and gave many hits in the early 1960s. He was adored by millions of people and gained even more fame through his “Bye Bye Birdie” role. Apparently, Bobby did a scene in the item number with Ann-Margret in the movie named “Bye Bye Birdie”. It was a 1963 movie.
The cause behind the sudden death of the “Valore” singer is reported to be complications arising from pneumonia. He was suffering from the same for a considerate time and subsequently succumbed to the same. His representatives confirmed the claim. The representatives further clarified that it’s unrelated to COVID-19. He died in his house in Abington, Pennsylvania.
Rydell was a star of his time as he was admired by many. Not only was he a great singer and actor but also was aced in dancing. He was a complete performer package. He was also a member of his very famous trio with Frankie Avalon and Fabian Forte and toured for it till his death. He joined the trio in 1980 and named it The Golden Boys.
Bobby Rydell recorded a few local hit songs before hitting his first Top 20 in 1959 with “Kissin’ Time,” a tune so ingrained in the early 1960s pop milieu that it was titled after him in the musical Grease. With that song, he was invited to join The Everly Brothers, The Crickets, and others on an Australian performance tour.
Aside from his song duets with Ann-Margret, the two also star in one of the film’s most iconic dance routines, “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” Rydell recalled the incident in a 2020 interview. “I’ve never been a dancer.” And by that, I mean I’ve never turned on the water. I wasn’t a big fan of soft shoes, but I was always a fantastic mover, and Bye Bye Birdie is all about moves. The arms, the legs… That took two weeks to practice and another two weeks to film. With all these varied camera angles and close-ups, it was a very intense number.”
Throughout the 1980s, Rydell continued to perform in nightclubs and casinos and later appeared in Oldies Revue concerts alongside Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and others. Despite major health concerns in later years, he continued to perform in Las Vegas, Australia, and other locations, and his official website lists forthcoming summer concert engagements in Atlantic City, among other places.
As word of his passing spread online, Low Cut Connie’s frontman posted a tribute on Instagram. Then he tweeted, “RIP South Philly great Bobby Rydell.” “A great singer and a gentleman. Bobby thx.” Rydell had a double organ transplant in 2012 after needing a new liver and kidney owing to drinking. Bobby Rydell, Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances was published in 2016.