was born Francis Thomas Avallone on September 18, 1940. By the time he was 12, Avalon began making appearances on U.S. television for his trumpet prowess, and, seven years later, he had risen to become a teen idol for young female teenagers in the 1950s. His most famous song was Venus
, recorded on the Chancellor label.
Later in the 1960s, Avalon became known for his roles in the beach film genre. Later, he became the U.S. national television spokesperson for Sonic Drive-In.
In 1986, the famous British pop girl group Bananarama released a hit song name Venus, however, it was not a cover of Avalon's hit -- rather, it was written by Robby VanLeeuwen and performed first by Shocking Blue. Still, that was the year also that Avalon and Annette Funicello returned to the movies, with the aptly titled Back to the Beach.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
Frankie Avalon Facts
|Back to the Beach|
|Panic in Year Zero|
|Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea / Fantastic Voyage|
|Beach Blanket Bingo / How to Stuff a Wild Bikini|