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Frankie Avalon

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Discussing Frankie Avalon's career as a mover and shaker in 1950s rock & roll with anyone who takes their rock & roll even halfway seriously is to court derision. Avalon was the first of the manufactured teen idols, before Fabian and Bobby Rydell and the myriad of other pretenders to the throne who worked the turf with tight black pants and red, red sweaters to the fore while Elvis cooled his heels in Germany. In the late '50s and early '60s, post-Twist and pre-Beatles, these generally untalented pretty boys were the cardboard no-threat remnants of a post-Elvis age. But Avalon had a real musical background to go with the pretty boy looks, and was no drugstore teenager waiting to be discovered.

Born in South Philadelphia in 1939 as Francis Thomas Avallone, he broke into show business as a child prodigy trumpet player, good enough to win talent contests, get on the Jackie Gleason Show, and make records for RCA Victor's subsidiary, X Records. But as childhood gave way to teendom, Avalon found himself playing backup trumpet in a local band called Rocco & the Saints. When queried by local impresario Bob Marcucci if there might be some local rock & roll singers who would be good enough to record some of his songs, Frankie suggested he check out the group's lead singer, blond-haired-and-blue-eyed Andy Martin. Marcucci came to the gig, but was unimpressed with Martin, feeling that blond-haired singers didn't have the right "look" to connect with females. But once he heard Avalon belt out a couple of tunes, Marcucci knew he had found what he was looking for, and a management contract was inked immediately. It was another six to eight months before Avalon's first single, "Cupid," came out on Marcucci's Chancellor label, and it wasn't until his third release, "Dede Dinah," that he had his first Top Ten hit. From there, it was an unprecedented run of hits, starting with his first number one in 1959, "Venus," placing no less than six more records in the Top 40 in that year alone. Marcucci worked the formula, easing Avalon away from rockers into more "adult," sap-oriented fare like a true pro, and was able to produce similar results with the far less talented but also very pretty Fabian.

By 1962, Avalon's four-year domination of the charts was coming to an end, but his career wasn't. He teamed up with Annette Funicello and reinvented himself as a clean-cut, pretty-boy surfer in a wildly successful batch of Beach Party movies that got him through the '60s in far better shape than most of his colleagues. The series was big enough to bring himself and Funicello back for an update in the '80s, Back to the Beach. Ever the musician, Avalon insisted surf legend (and original cast member) Dick Dale be in this revival. Today, Avalon divides his time between hawking pain medicine on home shopping networks and appearing on the Golden Boys of Rock'n'Roll oldies show with Bobby Rydell and Fabian, looking handsome as ever.

Title: Unforgettable

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Unusual Sounds

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Turn On The Knobs

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Light Branched

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Hit It

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Summer Cocktail

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Expanse

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Auto Show

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Cherry Red

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Enjoy Your Time

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Look Down

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Sexy Lady

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: In Growth

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Lets Have A Drink

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Early Bloomers

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Between

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Colorful Garden

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: At High Altitude

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Super Bright Hits

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Jazz Up

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: All The Best

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: In The Crowd

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Up And Down

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Dually Attired

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Clear Vision

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Summer Scene

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop, Teen Pop

Title: Black Or White

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: All Too Delicate

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Delightful Trip

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas Greeting

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Mysterious Stories

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: A Bouquet Of Hits

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Path To Green

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: Go Riding

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Bitter And Sweet

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock

Title: After Work

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Imposingly

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Sheer Off

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas For All

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Title: Happy Sounds

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Around The World

Artist: Frankie Avalon

Genre: Pop

Collections

Title: All Our Yesterplays

Genre: Pop

Title: Pop of the 60s

Genre: Pop

Title: Pop Rock Vol 2

Genre: Pop

Title: Love Potion #9

Genre: Rock

Title: Glory of Love

Genre: Pop

Featuring albums

Title: Grease

Artist: Soundtrack

Genre: Pop

Title: Teen Idols

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Sixties, Vol. 1

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: The One I Love

Artist: Allan Jones

Genre: Pop

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