BOBBY RYDELL AND LOU CHRISTIE
With a career starting as a 1950’s teen idol, to the present where he pays homage to both jazz and The Great American Song Book, Bobby Rydell draws crowds across every age group nationally and internationally.
Rydell first took the stage as a professional drummer at the age of 9. A polished performer by the age of 19, he was the youngest person ever to headline the famous Copacabana in New York. Bobby’s recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era (Billboard Magazine). Bobby’s hits include million selling singles Volare, Wild One, We Got Love, Kissin’ Time, Swingin’ School, Wildwood Days, and Forget Him, selling a combined total of over 25 million records.
In 1963, Bobby starred with Ann- Margret in the iconic movie “Bye Bye Birdie.” They appeared a few years ago together recently at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences premiere of the digital restoration of the movie.
Bobby Rydell’s influence on popular music has been profound. When the producers of “Grease” wanted to pay tribute to the era in which the popular musical was set, they named the high school where most of the action took place “Rydell High” in his honor.
Today Bobby enjoys a career that is full. He has a busy schedule throughout the world as a headline solo act. Australia has welcomed him for 20 tours down under, where he continues to be a favorite performer. Bobby also performs regularly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. For over 30 years, Bobby has also performed in over 700 shows in the must-see production called “The Golden Boys.” This is a happy, fun-filled look back at a simpler time in music history with his childhood pals, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Lou Christie’s chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer started in a two-track studio in Glenwillard Pennsylvania, his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou’s first million selling song, THE GYPSY CRIED, transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into Lou Christie – national teen idol, while still a teenager himself.
Over the decade of the 1960’s Lou followed success with greater success. TWO FACES HAVE I was his next big hit featuring his stratospheric falsetto. Lou forever embedded himself and his uniquely talented voice into America’s consciousness with his number 1 multi-million selling success LIGHTNING STRIKES. Lou’s chart topping success continued with two more million selling hits, RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN and I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE. RHAPSODY’S success was fueled by the fact that it was the first song banned on the radio due to its suggestive lyrics.
Lou was more than just your average teen idol. He was one of the decades first singer-songwriters. Together with his eccentric collaborator, Twyla Herbert, Lou co-wrote nearly all of his songs. Twyla, nearly 30 years Lou’s senior, was a classically trained musician. It was the perfect partnership since Lou had no formal musical training.
Elton John, John Lennon, Madonna are among the music legends upon whom Lou has had an effect. Elton John played piano for LOU during Lou’s ‘London Period’ in the early 70’s and recorded LOU’S song, SHE SOLD ME MAGIC. John Lennon repeatedly pointed out in his interviews that “Lou Christie was one of my influences”. And, Madonna thanked LOU in the liner notes of her ten million selling Immaculate Collection LP.
Over the past decade, Lou has led the resurgence of Rock ‘n’ Roll heroes performing through out the world. LOU’S fans recognize his distinctive vocal and writing performances in major motion pictures. Many distinguished directors are also fans. Films that feature Lou’s songs include Barry Levinson’s -RAINMAN, Whit Stillman’s – BARCELONA and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, Tony Bill’s – A HOME OF OUR OWN, Richard Linklatter’s – BEFORE SUNRISE, John Hughes – DUTCH, Michael de Avila’s – BURNZY’S LAST CALL, and Oliver Stone’s TV mini series – WILD PALMS.