Hello, Welcome to another in our series of Bobby Rydell’s greatest hit single records. Today we look at his big hit from 1963, “WILDWOOD DAYS”. On May 11, 1963 “Wildwood Days” made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The single would be Bobby’s 26 hit record for Cameo Records. The single climbed the Hot 100 to #17 becoming yet another Top 20 single for Bobby and his second of three Top 20 hits in 1963, “BUTTERFLY BABY”-#23 and “FORGET HIM”-#4 were the other two. “Wildwood Days” remained on the Hot 100 for over two months.
The “B” side of the record was “WILL YOU BE MY BABY” a song that received some air play and made it onto the Bubbling Under The Hot 100 list at #114. “Wildwood Days” is about the shore town of The Wildwoods in New Jersey. In 1963 Bobby would portray Hugo Peabody in the movie version of “Bye Bye Birdie” with Ann Margret and Dick Van Dyke.
A little trivia, in both the Broadway musical, Grease and the film version of Grease, the high school was named “Rydell High” after Bobby Rydell. Check back again when we will look at another of hits in the recording career of the fabulous Bobby Rydell.