One of America’s most popular entertainers, Frankie Avalon went from 50’s teen idol to a national and international star. Born in Philadelphia, Frankie had his early trumpet playing career end abruptly when a family friend Bob Marcucci heard him sing and signed him to a recording contract. His first song ”De De Dinah” became a smash hit and his recording of “Venus” was one of the biggest selling hits of the era. He had many follow up hits such as “Bobbysocks to stockings,” “Gingerbread,” “Just Ask Your Heart,” and “A Boy Without A Girl.” He is also credited with having the last number one record of the 50’s with “Why” reaching that status in December 1959.
In addition to his popularity as a top recording artist, Frankie became a motion picture star, appearing in over 30 movies, starring with such luminaries as Alan Ladd in “Guns Of Timberland,” and John Wayne in “The Alamo.” Other film credits include ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea,” and the hit musical “Grease.” His biggest popularity in movies came when he starred in the classic Beach movies… “Beach Party,” “Muscle Beach Party,” “Beach Blanket Bingo,” and “Bikini Beach” among others.