There is some extremely upsetting news coming out of the music world today.
Bobby Rydell, who is known for his famous songs, “Wild One,” “Volare,” “Kissin’ Time” and our “Wildwood Days” has passed away.
According to the announcement, he passed away at the age of 79 due to pneumonia. This occurred just a few weeks before his 80th Birthday on April 26.
Rydell was one of the first early 1960s teen idols who came out of Philadelphia. His first role with Ann-Margret in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie” made him a household name.
It was down here in the Wildwoods that Rydell became a legend.
In 1963 he released the song “Wildwood Days” which reached Number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It remained on the chart for nine weeks which then made Wildwood a name that the entire country knew. Wildwood Days plays on the Wildwood Boardwalk multiple times a day during the summer season and is used in many of the advertisements for the island.
Throughout his life, he made many trips down to the Wildwoods. Sometimes it was to perform with buddies, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian, or to enjoy the ocean breeze.
Bobby Rydell Dies at 79
It was back in 2014 that Rydell was a permeant fixture on the boardwalk after Peter J. Bieling and his son Peter C. Bieling painted a massive wall mural. There are also more nods to him throughout the island in the form of banners and a star.
While he has left us in this world his music will continue to play on our stereos and our hearts.
This summer “Wildwood Days” will continue to play on the Wildwood Boardwalk.
Rest In Pease Bobby Rydell, enjoy those Wild(wood) days every day up in heaven.
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