In 2016, I had the opportunity to attend Bobby Rydell’s book signing in Philadelphia, interview him a few months later, and then see him perform live in Atlantic City with Frankie Avalon and Fabian, meeting all three after the show. I’m very sorry to hear that Bobby passed away, he was a kind, talented, and positive force in the world of music. He may be gone, but his music will live on. Below you’ll find my interview with Bobby and my review of his live show.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Bobby Rydell, pop icon and author of the new memoir, Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances. During the 1960s Rydell scored 34 Top 40 hits, making him one of the top artists of this era. From “Wild One” to “Volare” to the summertime classic “Wildwood Days,” Rydell’s music still lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of music lovers. My interview with him below touches on all of the highs and lows of his career, including his new book. I hope you enjoy it.