Teen Star Bobby Rydell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 9, 2003

I am a huge fan of former teen star Bobby Rydell. Can you tell me where he lives and does he perform anymore?

—Danny P., Pennsylvania

Bobby Rydell, 61, lives in his hometown of Philadelphia with his wife of 35 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. And, yes, he still sings. Fans can often find him on a bill with fellow Philly crooners Fabian and Frankie Avalon in a show they call The Golden Boys. At the height of his career, Rydell had 34 Top 40 pop hits and starred opposite Ann Margret in the 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie. Although he came to fame as a teen idol because his good looks caused teen girls to swoon, he’s also critically acknowledged as a talented singer. Unfortunately, when the Beatles-led British Invasion happened, Rydell was swept off the charts, along with all of the other handsome boy singers. “Like anything else in life, you go through peaks and valleys,” he once remarked about his career. “Thank God I was blessed with some talent and talent is a constant. I kept working.”