TOMS RIVER – Enjoy an evening of nostalgia with actor, singer and author Bobby Rydell, who will discuss details of his life through his new book, “Teen Idol On the Rocks” from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 7 at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street.
Co-written with award-winning musician, author and filmmaker Allan Slutsky, “Teen Idol on the Rocks” not only tells Rydell’s story, but outlines the culture of American pop music through the past six decades. The book reveals Rydell’s public triumphs, private demons and behind the scenes stories. After his presentation, Rydell’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
The performer first took the stage as a professional drummer at the age of nine, and at the age of 19 he was the youngest person ever to headline the famous Copacabana club in New York. His recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits and Billboard Magazine named him in the Top 5 Artists of his era. Rydell’s hits include the singles “Volare,” “Wild One,” “We Got Love, Kissin’ Time,” “Swingin’ School,” “Wildwood Days” and “Forget Him.” Rydell has sold a combined total of over 25 million records. The singer now tours the nation and has earned a reputation for bringing his passion for music to life on stage.
Rydell has been a teen idol singing sensation, movie and TV star and one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite singers. Rydell starred with Ann-Margret in the iconic movie “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1963. When the producers of “Grease” wanted to pay tribute to the era, they named the high school where most of the story took place, “Rydell High” in his honor.
This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Information and registration for the program can be found at theoceancountylibrary.org or by calling 732-349-6200.