Frankie Avalon (born September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, playwright, and former teen idol. Avalon was born Francis Thomas Avallone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary Loretta and Nicholas J. Avallone. By the time he was 12, Avalon was on U.S. television playing his trumpet. As a teenager he played with Bobby Rydell in Rocco and the Saints. In 1959, 'Venus' (5 weeks #1) and 'Why' went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Why' was the last #1 of the 1950s. Avalon had 31 charted U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962, including 'Just Ask Your Heart' (U.S. #7), 'I'll Wait For You' (U.S. #15), 'Bobby Sox to Stockings' (U.S. #8), and 'A Boy Without a Girl' (U.S. #10).
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