Bobby Rydell, teen idol and ‘Volare’ singer,  dead at 79 

Bobby Rydell, the 1960s teen heartthrob who appeared in the 1963 musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie,” has died 

Bobby Rydell died on April 5 in Abington, Pennsylvania 

Rydell is survived by his wife, Linda J. Hoffman, son Robert Ridarelli, daughter Jennifer Dulin, and his five grandchildren 

According to Variety, the cause of death was pneumonia 

Bobby passed just weeks before he would have turned 80 on  April 26 

Mr. Rydell was born Robert Louis Ridarelli  on April 26, 1942 

His father, Adrio, was a machine shop foreman 

Bobby Rydell had his first hit in 1959 

Rydell got his first song on the Billboard 100 in 1959 

Went on to have a career that included 34 top 100 hits and more than 25 million album sales 

He also dismissed suggestions that he was one of his generation’s rockers. 

In 1995 the city of Philadelphia honored South 11th Street, where he grew up, as Bobby Rydell Boulevard 

Mr. Rydell’s 1963 song “Wildwood Days” paid homage to Wildwood 

In 2012, he underwent a double organ transplant to replace his liver and a kidney and was back on stage within six months.