Teddy Randazzo was born in Brooklyn in 1935.
He grew up in a musical family and by age 15 was a good enough accordion player to turn professional.
In the early years of rock and roll Teddy sang and played with a group called "The Three Chuckles". They appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show numerous times and also the Clay Cole Show. Their first hit, "Runaround," sold more than one million copies.
Then he embarked on a very successful solo singing career and had national hits with "Little Serenade," "The Way Of A Clown" and "Big Wide World."
Teddy was a handsome teenage hearthrob who starred in the late 50's early 60's rock and roll films "Hey Let's Twist," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Rock Rock Rock' and "Mr. Rock and Roll."
He and his writing partner Bobby Weinstein wrote a string of major hits for other artists including Steve Lawrence's top 10 hit "Pretty Blue Eyes" and Little Anthony and the Imperials' top ten hits "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad." Many of Teddy's songs became pop classics and have been recorded by industry mega stars including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Al Martino to name a few.
Sadly Teddy died in his sleep in 2003.
He and Bobby were inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2007.