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Best of Bobby Rydell 1959-1964

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The teen idols' teen idol, Rydell is known equally for his youth-oriented hits including his first, released in 1959, 'Kissin' Time' followed by 'Wild One', 'Swingin' School' as well as his pop/adult repertoire including 'Forget Him', 'Volare' and 'Sway'. The package includes 25 tracks including the rare 'A Message From Bobby' as well as his version of Lennon and McCartney's 'A World Without Love'. ABKCO. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B000B8I8XM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The wait is over. This collection brings us the official release of the original Cameo recordings of one of the most successful male solo artists of the first decade of rock 'n roll. The set consists of 25 tracks total, including twenty Hot 100 hits. All 25 tracks are in mono with the one exception "That Old Black Magic" which is in stereo. The only top 40 hit not included (Bobby had a total of nineteen) is "The Fish," which peaked at #25 during the summer of 1961. Instead, the flip side (the up-tempo "The Third House") is added. The tracks are not in chronological order, but the digital sound is crisp and clear. Sprinkled among the hits are a couple of b-sides, his first Cameo single releases that never hit the charts, plus a rare album cut. A four page essay (written by Jeff Tamarkin, who also authored the essay for the Cameo Parkway box set released in May 2005) plus five pages of credits and chart info detail the career of the drummer turned teen idol. Most fans and collectors will be satisfied (you can't beat the price). Highly recommended.
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Bobby Rydell was one of the biggest teen idols of the early Sixties. Between 1959 and 1963, he placed nineteen singles in the top 25. For the first time on a legitimate CD release all of his original Cameo hits are here on one disc, including the holiday hit "Jingle Bell Rock" with label mate Chubby Checker. [The only single not included is "The Fish" from 1961.]

Not only are the big hits included, but this collection opens with his first two Cameo singles: "Please Don't Be Mad" and "All I Want Is You." [Both failed to dent the charts.]

After Rydell's last big hit, "Forget Him," the British Invasion changed the pop music landscape and the hits ended abruptly. His cover of Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love" (written by Paul McCartney) stalled at No. 80. His final Cameo single, "I Just Can't Say Goodbye" (not included here), spent one week at No. 94.

At the ripe age of 22, Bobby Rydell's career as a hit-making teen idol came to an end, but it's fun to relive these songs again. If you enjoyed these singles when they were first released, you will find much to enjoy here! RECOMMENDED
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In 1959 a 17 year old Italian/American from South Philadelphia, Bobby Ridarelli, hit the national charts with "Kissin' Time" as Bobby Rydell.

He didn't look back after that intial hit (#11 1959 on Billboard). For many, many years the only Bobby Rydell CDs featuring his Cameo Records hits were re-records. The original versions were not available. Now, ABKCO (Allen B. Klein Company) has finally released almost the entire Cameo & Parkway labels' late '50s & '60s hits on CD. This Bobby Rydell collection is proof positive that he could sing, whether on rockers like "Wild One" or "Kissin' Time"..........or more adult oriented material like "Volare" , "That Old Black Magic" and "Sway".

Bobby fell into the "teen idol" category of early rock & roll.

Unlike many of Bobby's teen idol peers, he was a musician as well. With 25 tracks here, this compilation CD is generous and moderately priced.

Standout tracks are: "Volare", "Sway", "We Got Love", "Kissin' Time", "Forget Him" and "That Old Black Magic".

Bobby Rydell was one of the first 10 personalities to be included in Philadelphia's "Walk of Fame".....and this CD belongs in any comprehensive '60s music collection!
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In the four year period between 1960 thru 1963 Bobby Rydell was pretty hot stuff. As a reigning teen idol Bobby's face was plastered all over the teen magazines and his records were selling like hotcakes. Then in 1964 the phenomenon known as the British Invasion caught everyone by surprise and suddenly stars like Bobby Rydell, Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison and so many others were cast aside. Times had changed and youngsters in the mid sixties were movin' and groovin' to new and different sounds. At about that same time Bobby learned that his longtime record label Cameo-Parkway had been sold and was moving its operations out of his native Philadelphia. Bobby's record sales plummeted and things went from bad to worse when a couple of years later Allen B. Klein purchased the entire Cameo-Parkway catalog. Not long after acquiring the rights to these recordings Klein did a very bizarre thing. He withdrew virtually all of the Cameo-Parkway recordings from the marketplace and kept them out of circulation. For the next 30 years no one in the U.S. would be able to purchase any of these original recordings and to this day I have never heard a plausable explanation as to why all of this took place. In any event fans and collectors all over the country have been clamoring for reissues of the these legendary Cameo-Parkway recordings for years. Finally in 2005 ABKCO records has made available many of these classic recordings in a wonderful series of new anthologies. I was particularly thrilled to learn of impending release of "The Best of Bobby Rydell". This is a collection I have been waiting for since the mid 1970's.

"The Best of Bobby Rydell" features a total of 25 tunes covering the golden years 1959 thru 1964.
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