Former Canadian teen idol and singer Bobby Curtola has died at age 73. His death was announced in a statement from his children, who called Curtola “…an amazing man who did so much for the people in this world.”
A teen idol in Canada during the early ’60s, Curtola also made his mark internationally in 1962 with the singles “Fortune Teller” and “Aladdin.”
Curtola has spent the weekend in Edmonton visiting with friends, including long time friend Don Clarke.
Clarke says it was heartbreaking to hear of Curtola’s passing, as they had dinner plans for Sunday.
“We were waiting for him to show up here at the house. Just on Thursday and Friday, he was just as healthy as me or anyone. Nobody was more shocked to find out that we… weren’t having a dinner guest…”
Clarke says, along with the music, the years of charity work that will be the lasting legacy of Curtola.
“All you had to do was tell Bobby that there was a group that needed help, and if he could, he would. And most of the time, he did. Could’ve, would’ve, did.”
Curtola, who was born in what is now Thunder Bay, Ont., was named to the Order of Canada in 1997.
In a statement issued through Curtola’s Facebook and Twitter pages, Chris Curtola and Michael Curtola said their father loved his fans.
Bobby Curtola played “Teen Angel” in the Citadel Theatre’s production of “Grease” in 2003.