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Bobby Rydell is best known as a 1960s teen idol with such hits as "Kissin' Time" and "Volare." He underwent a double organ transplant in 2012, and continues to tour internationally.
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He appeared in a summer stock version of Bye, Bye, Birdie, playing the part of the father this time. He also appeared on a number of TV specials and "oldies" revival shows.
In the summer of 1985, he joined his old friends Avalon and Forte on the Boys of Bandstand tour. The trio continues to perform as The Golden Boys at venues around the world.
In 1995, his hometown of Philadelphia named the street where he was born "Bobby Rydell Boulevard." That year, he re-recorded his greatest hits to produce The Best of Bobby Rydell. He was also inducted into Philadelphia's Walk of Fame. In 2000, he released Now and Then, his first album in two decades that included remakes of his old hits and some new additions as well.
In 1968, Rydell married childhood sweetheart Camille Quattrone. They had two children, Robert and Jennifer. Camille died of breast cancer in 2003 at age 60. He married former nurse Linda Hoffman on January 17, 2009.
Rydell's intense touring schedule was interrupted when, at 70, he underwent a liver and kidney transplant on July 9, 2012. He underwent the operation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, which lasted 20 hours. His experience led him to bring public awareness to the importance of organ donation through the Gift of Life organization, spreading the word during his worldwide tours.
He returned to the stage in Las Vegas just six months after his operation, and also continues to tour Atlantic City, Australia and with The Golden Boys.
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