Monday, July 24, 2006

Bobby Rydell

Born Robert Ridarelli on April 26, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bobby Rydell was one of the major stars of Cameo-Parkway Records, along with Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian. He was not just another pretty face teen idol, but a talented singer, drummer and actor. In 1956, he played drums with the group Rocco & His Saints, which included Frankie Avalon on trumpet. He was also an actor in the movies Bye Bye Birdie and That Lady From Peking.

Between 1959 and 1965, he charted 30 singles including an amazing fourteen Top Twenty hits, plus a Gold Record for Wild One.

For many many years, his records were not available and had also never been officially released on CD. Then in 2004, a 4-CD box set of Cameo-Parkway hits was released, along with individual greatest hits. Finally, Bobby Rydell's music was made available to his many fans once again.

This week on Treasure Island Oldies we feature Bobby Rydell on Voice Your Choice with two of his most-loved and biggest hits: Sway and Wild One. Come to Treasure Island Oldies and cast your vote for the song you prefer. The record with the most votes will get played on the third hour of this week's show.