Hi, Welcome to another in our series of hit singles by Bobby Rydell. On December 11, 1961 Bobby and Chubby Checker charted a duet of the Christmas classic, “JINGLE BELL ROCK”. The single on Cameo Records climbed to #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained on the chart for 5 weeks. Considering that this song had been a big hit for Bobby Helms, most artists would have stayed away from it, but not Bobby and not Chubby. Their recording was very popular as it climbed up the Hot 100 in fact, it charted again in 1962, reaching the Hot 100 on December 15, 1962.
The “B” side in both 1961 and 1962 was “JINGLE BELLS IMITATIONS”. I really like this recording. In it Chubby Checker imitates, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino while Bobby does his imitations of Bobby Darin and Frank Fontaine. The song concludes with their version of the Chipmunks. It’s a great fun song one you enjoy listening to over again.
In May of 1962 Bobby and Chubby would team up again on “TEACH ME TO TWIST”. The record would not reach the Hot 100 but would chart on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart at #109. The “B” side was “SWINGIN’ TOGETHER”. 1961 and 1962 would be big years on the Billboard charts for Bobby Rydell, we’ll look at all of his hit singles in upcoming posts.
Thanks to the Bobby Rydell fan club and my friend Linda Hoffman and to my Face Book friends the “Rydellettes”, your all so great. It’s an honor to present the GREATEST HITS OF BOBBY RYDELL to you. Don’t forget to let the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame know that you want Bobby inducted in the hall, where he belongs.
Till the next time—Joe