According to a statement provided by his reps, Bobby Rydell, a 1960s adolescent idol remembered for songs like “Wild One” and his portrayal as Hugo Peabody in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” has died. He was 79 years old at the time.
According to the statement, Rydell died on April 5 in Abington, Pennsylvania, from pneumonia problems unconnected to Covid-19.
According to the statement, Rydell was born Robert Ridarelli and had his first song on the Billboard 100 in 1959. He went on to enjoy a career that includes 34 top 100 songs and more than 25 million record sales.
Throughout the 1980s, Bobby Rydell continued to perform in nightclubs and casinos, and later appeared in Oldies Revue concerts alongside Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and others. Despite major health concerns in later years, he continued to perform in Las Vegas, Australia, and other locations, and his official website lists forthcoming summer concert engagements in Atlantic City, among other places.
Aside from his appearance in Grease, Rydell’s memory continues on in his hometown, where at least two streets hold his name, and in the 2018 Oscar-winning film Green Book, in which he was played by actor Von Lewis.