The Best Teen Idols Of The 1960s
The sixties were a great decade for teen idols, including Ricky Nelson, Bobby Darin and Bobby Rydell.
1. Paul Anka
He reached the heights of ‘teen idol’ in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs ‘Diana’ and ‘Lonely Boy’. He is well known for providing the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song My Way.
2. Bobby Vee
American pop singer Bobby Vee had 38 Hot 100 chart hits in his home country. He had four songs reach the top five in the UK, including ‘Rubber Ball’ and ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’.
3. Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson was the first teen idol to use television to promote his hit records. Known for top 5 songs ‘Travelin’ Man’ and ‘Hello Mary Lou’.
4. Bobby Darin
In the late ‘50s, Bobby Darin recorded ‘Dream Lover’, a ballad that became a multi-million seller. His next record, ‘Mack the Knife,’ sold over a million copies, and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960. Darin was also voted the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that year. ‘Mack The Knife’ has since been honoured with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
5. Bobby Rydell
Bobby Rydell is known in the UK for his 1960 song ‘Wild One’, which reached number seven in the Singles Chart and ‘Sway’ from the same year, which reached number twelve. Who was your favourite '60s idol?