1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Frankie Avalon (born September 18, 1939)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Venus 1959
Avalon also had hits with Bobby Sox to Stockings and Why in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958-1962 Record Label: Chancellor
Born Francis Avallone in South Philadelphia, the teen played in bands in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was back-up trumpet for Rocco and the Saints. He cut his first solo in 1958 but had been making recordings for several years prior to that as a trumpeter, not a singer. Photogenic Frankie Avalon first came to the attention of American Bandstand’s Dick Clark while still in high school. He was managed by music impresario Bob Marcucci who wanted a singer with the right good looks. Venus on Marcucci’s Chancellor label was Frankie Avalon’s first #1 hit and between 1958 and 1962, he charted 13 singles in the Billboard Top 40. In 1959, Frankie Avalon appeared in the Warner Brothers western film ‘Guns of the Timberland’ with Alan Ladd and Gilbert Roland. He is often remembered for his frequent teaming with Annette Funicello in a series of six surfer-beach-party films, beginning with ‘Beach Party’ in 1963. Frankie Avalon and his wife Kay have eight children and he operates his own health care products business.