‘Teen Idol On The Rocks’ bringing his story, music to The Sharon

VILLAGE NEWS | Tony Violente

Bobby Rydell plays The Sharon on May 17-18, and those attending can expect to hear a story about a young lady named Julia — who saved his life.

“Julia is my special angel,” Rydell, one of the Golden Boys of Bandstand said on stage during a recent performance. Rydell — who had such hits as “Wild One,” “Volare” and appeared in the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” — releases his autobiography May 4. It’s called “Teen Idol On The Rocks.”

Julia is a big part of the book and his life. She was pronounced brain dead, after being hit by a car in Reading, Pa in July, 2012. Bobby Rydell, now 74, was also close to death in his Philadelphia-area home due to cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.
Doctors believed he had only a few weeks to live.

Rydell, who had been waiting months for a transplant, remembers going to bed on July 8, 2012 and talking to his wife about dying. Continue reading
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