Frankie Avalon, singer
birth name: Francis Avallone

Frankie Avalon

September 18, 1939, Philadelphia, PA

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. ~ Allmusic: Frankie Avalon ~ retrieved September 16, 2013 © Allmusic

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Teamed frequently with Annette Funicello, Avalon starred in a number of popular “beach party” comedy films during the mid-1960s. The wholesome and romantic coupling of ‘Frankie and Annette’ in summer movies such as Beach Party and Beach Blanket Bingo became iconic figures in American films during that era. Avalon also had straight dramatic parts in the John Wayne historical western film The Alamo, as well as the science-fiction story Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) with Barbara Eden. Materializing as a character called Teen Angel, his performance of ‘Beauty School Dropout’ in the hit 1978 film of the musical Grease introduced Avalon to a new generation of viewers. ~ Wikipedia: Frankie Avalon ~ retrieved September 16, 2013 © Wikipedia

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