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Remembering Bobby Curtola

Del Cowie

Tributes continue to pour in for Bobby Curtola, the Canadian teen idol of the 1960s who died on Saturday at the age of 73. No cause of death was reported, but Curtola's passing was confirmed on his Facebook page by his sons, Chris and Michael Curtola.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of our father, Bobby Curtola," the message read. "He was an amazing man who did so much for the people in this world, but even more as a father, uncle, godfather and Nono. His entire family requests privacy at this time while they grieve their loss."

According to the Edmonton Journal, Curtola was in Edmonton staying with his son late last week for a series of business meetings with his longtime business partner Don Clarke. He had been living in Port Mouton, N.S., until late last year, when his partner Karyn Rochford died in a in car crash.

Curtola, from Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay, Ont.) had a string of hits in the 1960s including his 1962 songs "Fortune Teller" and "Aladdin."

He appeared on the the Bob Hope Show in 1960 and was the first Canadian to have a long-term contract to perform in Las Vegas. In 1964, Curtola wrote and performed the 1964 "Things Go Better with Coca-Cola" ad. In Canada, 30 of Curtola's songs entered the top 10, while 12 of his albums and 25 of his singles were certified gold.

After his heyday, Curtola continued to perform and was well-known for his charity work with children and business ventures. Curtola received the Order of Canada in 1997.

Curtola's death resonated on social media with many fans leaving messages on Facebook and Twitter to remember the singer and they were acknowledged in the note posted by his sons.

"To his fans ... he loved each and every one of you more than you will know, and never took for granted the life you gave him. He would want you to do something kind for one another today and each day. He would also want you to know he loves you, and that you have another angel watching over you."