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Bobby Rydell, 1960s teen idol, undergoes double transplant in Philadelphia

Bobby Rydell attends a dinner given by the National Italian American Federation on Oct. 28, 2000, in Washington. AP

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - 1960s teen idol Bobby Rydell is expected to be released today from a Philadelphia hospital, where he underwent a liver and kidney transplant.

The 70-year-old singer of hits including "Wild One" and "Volare" had the surgery last week. He told CBS station KYW that his doctor didn't expect him to live much longer without the double organ transplant.

The singer, whose real name is Robert Ridarelli, told the station that fellow 1960s musician Frankie Avalon was among his well-wishers.

"Frankie Avalon called me the other day - he went to church, prayed," Rydell said.

Doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital say they were able to use part of the donor liver to help Rydell and the other part to help a child.

Rydell says he now wants to help raise awareness about organ donation.

In addition to his music career, Rydell appeared in several films including 1963's "Bye Bye Birdie."

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