Bobby Rydell, Teenage Idol With Enduring Appeal, Dies at 79

He had his first hit in 1959. Six decades later, teamed with his fellow singers Frankie Avalon and Fabian, he was still drawing crowds.

Bobby Rydell, a Philadelphia-born singer who became a teenage idol in the late 1950s and

with his pleasant voice, stage presence and nice-guy demeanor,

maintained a loyal following on tours even after both he and his original fans were well past retirement age, died on Tuesday in Abington, Pa. He was 79.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Maria Novey, a spokeswoman.

Mr. Rydell and two other affable performers who became stars in those years

Frankie Avalon and Fabian, grew up within about two blocks of one another in South Philadelphia.

Long after their days on the pop chart were past them, they enjoyed great success on the oldies circuit.