Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode spotlights one of the most famous rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s and early 1960s.


In addition to snippets of all his hit singles we’ll also touch on this entertainer’s connections with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Chubby Checker, and even the Beatles and Kiss – along with silent film legend Charlie Chaplin.


We’ll also recall his many television comedy roles with such immortals as Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Burns, Danny Thomas, and Joey Bishop.


Most of this singer’s records were out of print, unavailable, and ultimately collectors’ items for more than 30 years. That’s because the record company that owned them kept them off the market.


But he remained a pop icon during those decades. A smash Broadway stage and Hollywood motion picture musical named a high school after him. And his Philadelphia home town did the same with a street. He’s Bobby Rydell, and you’ll hear his remarkable story here.


See Bobby Rydell's complete hit singles discography on the "Musicology" page.