The Arrival of Rydell

bobby rydell, music, 1960s

The baby name Rydell first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1960:

  • 1963: 10 baby boys named Rydell
  • 1962: 11 baby boys named Rydell
  • 1961: 11 baby boys named Rydell
  • 1960: 17 baby boys named Rydell [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted

The influence? Teen idol of the early ’60s Bobby Rydell (birth name: Robert Louis Ridarelli), whose first singles started coming out in 1959. His early hits included “Kissin’ Time” (1959), “Wild One” (1960), and “Swingin’ School” (1960).

Here he is lip-syncing to “We Got Love” on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show in November of 1959:

The 1971 musical Grease, set in 1959, paid tribute to Rydell — one of the breakout stars of ’59 — with the name of Rydell High School.

Sources: Bobby Rydell – Wikipedia, Bobby Rydell – Way Back Attack

2 thoughts on “The Arrival of Rydell

  1. Love Grease!!! And yes, I do love Grease 2 as well. Maxwell Caulfield RIP and Michelle Pfeiffer worked well together, and it hit a place in my writer’s heart to have the stories opposite each other. I have the soundtracks and movies.
    In Grease 2 you hear Rydell High, Beat the Cavaliers by the announcements, so Rydell always brings that part to mind.
    That being said, I like the names, Ryder, Stryder (LotR), Bryder.

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