In the last couple of days I feel like I’ve been caught up in a time warp.
Driving past Burwood RSL I noticed a coming attractions sign for The Platters.
Then today whilst driving into the city for a meeting, I heard Bobby Rydell being interviewed.
What is amazing about that is not only that he is still alive and touring Oz for performances, but that he sounded quite young on the interview.
Younger readers may only know his name from the high school in Grease, Rydell High (and yes, it was named after him).
Born in 1942 as Robert Louis Ridarelli, he began performing at age 4. In 1959, aged 17, he had his first hit record, becoming a teen idol in 1960 alongside such names as Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Johnny Tillotson and Bobby Vee. In May 1960 Rydell toured Australia with the Everly Brothers, Crash Craddock and The Crickets. Further hits followed but the British Invasion in 1963 ended the teen idol days. Today he still performs with Frankie Avalon and Fabian as The Golden Boys.
Click on the following links to see him in his heyday and in a more recent performance, where he still looks and sounds good:
For those interested in his tour dates and venues, click on: