The kind of idolizing following Liszt drew in Europe would not be followed for several decades. Geraldine Farrar , American opera singer, had a large following of young women nicknamed "Gerry-flappers" in the early 20th century. He was also possibly the first popular singer to have a star vehicle created for him: Frank Sinatra , whose early career in the s is often linked to his appeal to bobby soxers ,  is also regarded as having been amongst the first teen idols.
Wednesday, November 02, U. His comment below about the recently deceased Bobby Vee and the American pop 60's scene is insightful: They were groomed to look clean cut. And whether it's a coincidence or otherwise, many of them are called Bobby.
Joseph High School, Bobby Rydell was an important part of my soundtrack. During that time period, Rydell charted 28 songs on the Billboard Hot , 19 of which were Top 40 hits. I was also intrigued by the fact that the book was written with Allan Slutsky. Slutsky, as any true fan of Michigan rock and roll knows, wrote the book Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Gleason music book of the year in
From , he worked in what would be his most famous role, that of Pete Cochran on the series The Mod Squad about three young rebellious social outcasts who become undercover cops. Cole's character of Pete Cochran, the son of a wealthy family who toss him to the curb when he gets arrested for stealing a car turned Cole into a teen sensation over night. Cole wasn't interested in the role at first, but after reading the scripts and getting better feel for the tone of the series decided to take the role. Cole is still active in front of the camera.