Personnel: Bobby Rydell (vocals); Dave Appell, Joe Sgro, Bob DiNardo, Joe Renzetti (guitar); Dan Dailey, George Young , Fred Nuzzillio, Buddy Savitt (saxophone); Jimmy Wisner, Roy Stragis (keyboards); Pete Cozzi, Joe Sher, Ellis Tollin, Bobby Gregg (drums); Blanche Norton, Vivian Dix, Willa Ward (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Tamarkin.
Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (01/1959-09/1963); Cameo Parkway Studio (01/1959-09/1963); Capitol Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/1959-09/1963); Mira Sound, New York, NY (01/1959-09/1963); Pye Recording Studios, London, England (01/1959-09/1963); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/1959-09/1963); Reco-Art Sound Recording, Philadelphia, PA (01/1959-09/1963); RPL Studios, Camden, NJ (01/1959-09/1963); United Recording, Hollywood, CA (01/1959-09/1963); Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/1959-09/1963).
Collecting recordings from throughout the first five years of early-1960s heartthrob Bobby Rydell's career, this compilation features his first hits, like the Doc Pomus composition "I Dig Girls," standards like "That Old Black Magic," a wide variety of Brill Building classics like "The Third House (In From the Right)," and one early Lennon and McCartney composition, "A World Without Love." Significantly, Rydell's version of the latter song lost out to Peter and Gordon's British Invasion hit--the onetime teen idol was one of many U.S. pop stars supplanted by Beatlemania.