Bobby Rydell Induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

This petition is addressed to To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Committee
Eligible Signatories: Everyone

We are four lady “Baby Boomers” who have loved and admired Bobby Rydell since our teens! We became fast friends on Bobby's Fan Club page on Facebook. We started chatting and messaging each other and found we had a lot in common, especially concerning Bobby Rydell! We came up with the idea to call ourselves The Rydellettes, in honor of our FOREVER IDOL, Bobby Rydell. Bobby has had many hit records throughout his 5 decade career!!! He continues to perform today and he WOWS the crowds who come to see him do HIS THING!!! He's humble, kind, funny and he possesses a gift from GOD voice!!! The Rydellettes encourage ALL of Bobby's fans to help induct Bobby into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!!! He more than qualifies for this prestigious induction. He's an important part of Rock and Roll history.

According to the induction rules of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to be eligible, the artist must have:

- Released a record, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction

In 1959, “Kissin’ Time” hit the charts, to be followed by “Wild One,” “Swingin’ School,” “Volare,” “Sway”, “The Cha Cha Cha,” and “Forget Him” --- all of them were Top 5 hits. In five years Bobby Rydell was on the Hit Parade 30 times. Billboard lists Bobby Rydell as earning 34 Top 40 hits, making him one of the Top 5 artists of his era.

- Demonstrate unquestionable musical excellence

Besides his recording accomplishments, Bobby appeared to standing room only crowds at New York City’s famed Copacabana at the age of 19. He was the youngest person ever to headline
the prestigious venue, receiving rave reviews from some of the toughest music critics in the world. Audiences agreed, every performance there was a sellout. (Reviews can be furnished upon request.)

He had a starring role in the motion picture “Bye, Bye, Birdie” with Ann Margaret, as Hugo Peabody. In this film, the musical score was rewritten from the Broadway version to showcase Bobby’s extraordinary musical abilities

Internationally popular, he starred in an Australian made film, “That Lady from Peking.”

He appeared on numerous TV musical variety shows including, Jack Benny, George Burns, Perry Como, Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Shindig, Hullabaloo, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where The Action Is, The White House Farewell to Ronald Regan, The Bicentennial Liberty TV Special, just to name a few.

He also appeared in the TV series Combat, Make Room for Daddy, The Facts of Life and My Two Dads.

- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame further states that they shall consider other things such as an artist's musical influence on other artists.

In 2000 in the book, “The Beatles Anthology” (pg 96) Paul McCartney states:

"John (Lennon) and I wrote 'She Loves You' together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time (“Forget Him”) and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We’d planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'she loves you' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'. We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called 'She Loves You'. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it — John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.”

(Bobby Rydell was also particularly well known for the “Yeah, Yeah’s” in all of his early recordings, long before the Beatles used it in “She Loves You.”)

- Other considerations, length and depth of career the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

He began his career as a child on the Paul Whiteman TV Show, winning a talent contest and quickly became a regular on the show. As a teen he played drums in a band with Frankie Avalon, called Rocco and the Saints. He has sustained a 50+ year career in an industry that can be forgetful at best. Why? ……….because he is not just an Icon, but a Rock and Roll Icon. Bobby Rydell is still performing at the age of 68, to sell out audiences “worldwide.” The man has paid his dues to the industry and the time has come for him to reap the rewards.

In his enduring, successful career he continues to perform internationally, “An Evening with Bobby Rydell,” as well as a long running production called “The Golden Boys” with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He can still sing the hits that put him on the charts, and wow the crowd with his ballads and tributes to other legends who have gone to the “Rock and Roll Heaven” in the sky. He is still one of the most sought after entertainers in the entertainment circuit. His career has spanned FIVE decades, through music, movies, television, and night clubs. His singing style and technique are truly his own. He has surpassed many who have come before him and he has paved the way for many that have followed.

We believe that Bobby Rydell should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Our goal is to accomplish this mission for the 2012 Inductions.

Thank you... Sincerely,
Helene Hill, Rose DeMatteo, Janice Gates and Mitzie Harvatin
“The Rydellettes”


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The Bobby Rydell Induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame petition was created at 2011-01-16 18:29:55 is elligible to be signed by those that are a part of the following group: Everyone.