Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2022 - Bobby Rydell

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It isn’t often I get requests here on the Soundtrack. Heck I barely get any readers. But recently I got a request from fellow ActiveRainer Kathy Streib  for a song from former teenage heartthrob Bobby Rydell. Rydell was one of the hottest recording artists in the early 1960s. His talent extended beyond records into television and even the movies. He played the role of Hugo Peabody in the 1963 film version of Bye Bye Birdie starring Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke.

Bobby had a lot of hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Placing 34 Top 100 hits, ranking him as a Top 5 Billboard artist from his era. His hits included "Wild One" which reached #2, his version of "Volare" which made it to #4, and "Swingin' School" at #5. His last major chart topper was today’s song, "Forget Him", which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1964.

For trivia buffs. In the Broadway musical and film adaptions of Grease and Grease 2 the high school the characters attended was named "Rydell High", after Bobby Rydell.

Bobby Rydell continued to perform live concerts to admiring crowds worldwide until 2014 when health issues forced him to retire from touring.

Unfortunately, Bobby Rydell died from complications relating to pneumonia April 5, 2022, at the age of 79.

There weren’t a lot of good live videos available of Forget Him, but I found one with great sound. Bobby had a nice deep voice and incredibly good enunciation, so the words are about as clear as any Rock & Roll song I have ever heard.

So, for Kathy Streib and all the Bobby Rydell fans, here is today’s song, Forget Him.



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Comments (7)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Can't imagine anyone growing up in the 60's who did not hear the songs of Bobby Rydell. Great post, keep them coming. Enjoy your day.

Jun 20, 2022 05:12 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Joe and thanks for sharing Bobby Rydell song with us this morning.  Make it a great week!


Jun 20, 2022 05:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - I don't have extensive music insight so I can't offer suggestions but I didn't previously realize you took requests like a DJ.  😃

Jun 20, 2022 07:05 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Echoing Wayne Martin please keep these coming. I so enjoy remembering all of these great songs. This song reminded me of the Shangri-Las, Leader of the Pack.

Jun 20, 2022 09:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- I had today marked on my calendar because I couldn't wait to hear and read about Bobby Rydell. I got to see him in person several years ago when he sang with the Golden Boys- Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby. All good but hearing him in person made me realize that of all of the 60s heartthrobs, he had the best voice. Thank you so much for this. 

Jun 20, 2022 12:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Ah Bobby Rydell. . .Those where the days!  The days before the gawd awful sounds so often created today!

Jun 20, 2022 01:17 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joe - I grew up around Philadelphia and he was a South Philly Kid who played on American Bandstand.  I remember his song "Wildwood Days" about spending the summer in Wildwood NJ.

Jun 22, 2022 05:03 AM