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Bobby Rydell The Cha Cha Cha

Bobby Rydell The Cha Cha Cha

Pop Music with a Latin Beat

There were all kinds of dance rhythms in this first era of rock and roll — including Latin ones.  The cha-cha, with its distinctive beat, is a dance of Cuban origin, which became popular in the 1950s and 60s. Rydell’s “The Cha-Cha-Cha” went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.

Bobby Rydell (Robert Louis Ridarelli b.1942), from Philadelphia, is a singer, drummer, and performer. Rydell had hits in the 1960s with “Wild One” and “Volare” and starred in the film Bye Bye Birdie. He continues to perform internationally today.

Here are the lyrics to “The Cha -Cha-Cha” by Bobby Rydell:

Baby, baby come on sway me, drive me crazy
Do the cha, cha, cha
Somethin’s missin’ when we’re twistin’, let’s start kissin’
Do the Cha, Cha, Cha

And when you see the Wah-Watusi (Wah, wah) you’d go a’ha, ha, ha
The Hully Gully isn’t nothin’ (Wah, wah, wah)
When you compare it to the cha, cha, cha

So, oh, baby come-a, come-a sway me, drive me crazy
Do the Cha, Cha, Cha, come on and sing it now

Mmmm, let’s start kissin’, do the Cha, Cha, Cha

The Locomotion in the ocean and I go ha-ha-ha
The Mashed Potatoes ain’t the greatest
When you compare it to the Cha, Cha, Cha

So, oh, baby come-a, come-a sway me, drive me crazy
Do the Cha, Cha, Cha, and let me hear it again

And, I like to Cha, Cha, Cha
(La, la, la, la) Come on and do the Cha, Cha, Cha

For others song by Bobby Rydell: “Wildwood Days and “Wild One.”

If you are interested in learning more about Bobby Rydell, here is an interview with him about his autobiography Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol on the Rocks.

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