|Event:||2014 Annual Gala|
|When:||October 18, 2014|
|Where:||Boston Marriott Copley Place|
|Tickets:||$250 each/$150 concert only|
Inspirational idols Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell to headline 2014 Price Center Annual Gala!
Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon, legendary contributors to the rich legacy of American rock & roll and popular music, will headline the 2014 Price Center Annual Gala on October 18.
More than just incredibly talented singers, musicians and performers, Avalon and Rydell helped shape American teen culture long before the word “idol” was associated with singing and stardom contests.
For 2014, the Gala will return to the elegant main ballroom of the Boston Marriott Copley Place, where The Price Center’s biggest annual event has had two record-setting years in a row. Avalon and Rydell will sing together at the beginning and the finale of the show, and perform solo sets featuring their biggest hits in between.
Both idols ruled the charts as young recording artists, with Rydell earning 34 Top 40 hits (placing him in the top five artists of his era). Rydell was the youngest person ever to headline the famous Copacabana in New York and his hits include million selling singles “Volare,” “Wild One,” “We Got Love,” “Kissin’ Time,” “Swingin’ School” and “Forget Him.” That group of recordings alone sold a combined total of over 25 million.
Rydell’s career also included numerous appearances in television and film, perhaps most famously his starring role as Hugo Peabody in the 1963 movie version of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” with Ann-Margaret and Dick Van Dyke. The part was not a speaking role in the stage production, but the movie script was rewritten specifically to expand the part for Rydell.
Avalon charted 31 singles on the Billboard lists in just the four year period from 1958 to 1962 and his hits include “Venus,” “Why,” Just Ask Your Heart,” “I’ll Wait for You,” “Bobby Sox to Stockings,” and “A Boy Without a Girl.”
He has also had an extensive film and television career, perhaps best known for his iconic beach party comedy films with co-star Annett Funicello. A versatile performer, he also played dramatic parts in highly successful Hollywood films including “The Alamo” with John Wayne and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” with Barbara Eden.
The two have been touring together as The Golden Boys with fellow teen idol Fabian, but their paths have crossed a number of other times over the years. As fledgling rock and rollers, they played together in a band called Rocco and the Saints in Philadelphia, where they grew up. They also both featured prominently in the 1978 movie version of the musical “Grease,” where Avalon materialized as the character “Teen Angel” for one of the film’s most memorable songs: “Beauty School Dropout.” Rydell did not appear in the film, but the name of the fictional school featured in the movie, Rydell High, was an homage to his iconic star power during the rock and roll heyday of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In addition to touring, Rydell is now an outspoken advocate for organ donation after he himself had a life-saving liver and kidney transplant in 2012. After a remarkable recovery, he returned to performing just six months later. Avalon is an ambassador for the National Arthritis Foundation, and runs his own company that sells natural health products.
After the show, guests will enjoy cocktails and gourmet small plates as Boston-based performer Tracy Clark makes a by-popular-demand return engagement, singing jazz standards, show tunes and more.
The Gala is The Price Center’s major fundraiser of the year. Ticket and sponsorship packages and prices are currently being finalized, so please watch this space for more information.