Bobby Rydell Autographed Postcard. Bobby Rydell is an American professional singer mainly of rock and roll music. In the early 1960s he was considered a so-called teen idol. According to Allmusic music journalist Kim Summers Rydell whose interest in show business began at the age of four years is one of the most sought-after nightclub and concert acts in the US. His performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings Wild One and Volare made him a famous performer in the 1960s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer mostly in pursuing a musical rather than an acting career.