Bobby Rydell was an American singer with a $10 million net worth. Bobby Rydell was born in April 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bobby died at the age of 79 on April 5, 2022.
He was a teen idol in the early 1960s, and his rock and roll and classic pop genres are well-known.
Rydell also played the drums in addition to singing. He won a talent event and spent several years on the television show Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club. “Kissin’ Time,” “We Got Love,” “Wild One,” “Swingin’ School,” “Volare,” “Sway,” “Good Time Baby,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “I’ve Got Bonnie,” “I’ll Never Dance Again,” “The Cha-Cha-Cha,” “Wildwood Days,” “Forget Him,” “A World Without Love,” and “Diana” were among Rydell’s hit singles. Rydell was also in the movies Bye Bye Birdie and The Lady from Peking. In the Broadway musical and film Grease, he was given the name Rydell High.
Camille Quattrone Ridarelli, Rydell’s first wife, died in 2003 after a 35-year marriage. They had two children together. In 2009, he married Linda Hoffman.  Rydell had been a long-time resident of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, and had resided in the same residence since 1963.
In his honor, the street where he was born in Philadelphia was renamed Bobby Rydell Boulevard.
Health and death: Rydell canceled a tour of Australia in 2012 because his health had deteriorated to the point that he needed emergency surgery. On July 9, 2012, he underwent a double organ transplant at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to replace his liver and one kidney.
Rydell returned to the stage in Las Vegas for a three-night engagement in January 2013, six months following his double transplant operation, before a sold-out audience. He continued to play on the international stage, and in 2014, he returned to Australia for a tour.
Rydell died on April 5, 2022, at the age of 79, at Jefferson Abington Hospital from pneumonia complications.
Paul McCartney said in the book The Beatles Anthology (p. 96) in 2000:
“She Loves You” was co-written by John [Lennon] and me. There was a Bobby Rydell song on the radio at the time, and you often think of one song when writing another.
We had devised a “answering song” in which a couple of us would sing “she loves you” and the rest of us would respond “yes yeah.” We decided that was a bad idea, but it gave us the inspiration for the song “She Loves You.” So John and I sat on twin beds with guitars in the hotel room for a couple hours and wrote it.
The Beatles Anthology does not list a specific song title, but Bob Spitz states in The Beatles: The Biography that McCartney based “She Loves You” on the Rydell “answering tune” “Swingin’ School” (and not “Forget Him”, as is commonly cited).
In the Oscar-winning picture Green Book (2018), actor Von Lewis plays Rydell in the opening sequences.
In the Philadelphia region, he was a member of various bands, including “Rocco and the Saints,” in which he sang and played drums.
He signed a music contract with Cameo Records after releasing three failed singles for tiny labels. Bernie Lowe, who had been his pianist on TV Teen Club, was in charge of this.
“Kissin’ Time” hit the charts in 1959 after a couple of disappointments. Rydell went on tour with The Everly Brothers, Billy “Crash” Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs, The Crickets, and Lonnie Lee in Australia in May 1960.
“We Got Love” was his second hit. His first album, of the same name, sold a million copies and was certified gold. Following “Wild One,” he released “Little Bitty Girl,” his second million-selling single.
Later in 1960, he released “Swingin’ School,” which was followed by “Ding-A-Ling” and “Volare,” all of which sold over a million copies. He is thought to have sold more than 25 million recordings in total.