Bobby Rydell, the international teenage sensation of the Baby Boom era, performs his carefree chart toppers at the Suncoast Showroom, August 21, 22 and 23.
With good looks, fame and talent, Robert Ridarelli — better known as Bobby Rydell — is considered an original American idol. After a teenage gig as drummer for Rocco and the Saints, where he played with trumpet player Frankie Avalon, Rydell launched his successful solo act. The hits flowed as Rydell rocked up the charts with “We Got Love,” “Kissin’ Time,” “Wild One,” “That Old Black Magic,” “I’ll Never Dance Again” and “Forget Him,” among others. Rydell recorded 34 Top 40 hits and is recognized by Billboard as one of the Top Five Artists of the early ‘60s.
Beyond selling millions of records, Rydell enjoyed fame as a regular on such television shows as American Bandstand, The Red Skelton Show and The Milton Berle Show. Rydell was also featured in the classic film Bye Bye Birdie as Ann-Margret’s boyfriend, Hugo Peabody.
Rydell got the performing bug as a young boy in Philadelphia, doing impressions as a kindergarten student. His interest in music developed as he accompanied his father to the city’s big band hotspots. A storybook career followed, and Rydell is now celebrated for his profound influence on popular music. His impact on the era is evidenced in Grease, as the producers chose Rydell High as the name of the school where the action takes place—a tribute to Rydell and the era in which the popular music was set.
Rydell continues to tour the world as a solo act and he’s a favorite in Australia and in showrooms throughout Las Vegas and Atlantic City. For the past 25 years, Rydell has also performed with his childhood pals Frankie Avalon and Fabian in the production The Golden Boys, a fun-filled look back at a simpler time in music history.
Tickets are now available at $19.95, plus tax. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.636.7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.