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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 September 1939Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameFrancis Thomas Avallone
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of a spate of teen idols to come out of Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s, Frankie Avalon--unlike many of the others--actually had a musical background, having been taught to play the trumpet at a very young age by his father. As a youth Avalon performed in local clubs and theaters. He won a local TV talent contest playing a trumpet solo. In 1951, at age 12, he was in a band called Rocco and the Saints, which included another soon-to-be famous teen singer, Bobby Rydell. In 1952 he was performing at a private party held for singer Al Martino. A talent scout who was also at the party was impressed enough by Avalon to get him an appearance on Jackie Gleason's TV show, which led to more television appearances. In 1954, he made two singles for "X" Records, an RCA Victor subsidiary. Both were instrumentals featuring Frankie Avalon playing his trumpet: "Trumpet Sorrento" and ""Trumpet Tarantella." Avalon eventually landed a recording contract with Philadelphia's Chancellor Records, and he recorded "Cupid" and "Teacher's Pet". These records got him his first movie role, a small part in Jamboree! (1957) designed to promote "Teacher's Pet." His next record was "DeDe Dinah", a song written by his managers (and one for which he had so little respect that he pinched his nose while recording it, resulting in its extremely nasal sound). After an appearance on Dick Clark's teen dance show New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), sales of the record zoomed and it eventually sold more than a million copies. In 1959, after two more big hits ("Ginger Bread" and "I'll Wait for You") he recorded the song he is probably best known for, the million-selling "Venus." However, as 1960 rolled around his career began to wane and his record sales dropped precipitously. He soon began taking small parts in movies, most notably in John Wayne's The Alamo (1960). He began to get somewhat bigger parts and had his first starring role in Drums of Africa (1963). His movie career really took off, however, when he was paired with former Mousketeer Annette Funicello in Beach Party (1963) and its string of sequels. These films, with their combination of surfing, low comedy, dancing and bikinis, struck a nerve with teenage audiences, were produced for peanuts and made a fortune. Avalon still recorded songs for Chancellor and other labels, but now he was far better known among younger audiences for his movies than for his records. In 1985 he began touring with fellow teen idols Rydell and Fabian in an oldies show called "The Golden Boys of Bandstand," which was a rousing success. In 1987 he and Funicello were reunited in Back to the Beach (1987), an homage to, and parody of, their earlier "beach" movies. Avalon still makes personal appearances and tours, many with and for his old friend and mentor Dick Clark.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Kathryn Diebel (19 January 1963 - present) (8 children)

Trivia (10)

He and his wife have 8 children and they are in order of age Frank Burt Avalon, Tony, Dina, Laura, Joseph, Nicolas, Kathryn and Carla.
He studied acting with Wynn Handman in New York and Estelle Harmon in Los Angeles.
Mother, Mary Avallone was born July 3, 1916; father, Nicholas Avallone was born April 27, 1913. Sister, Theresa Avallone.
He sang the song "These Are The Good Times" in both the movie Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and when he guest starred in The Patty Duke Show (1963) in 1965.
His sister Theresa is 2 years older than he is.
Has a house in the San Bernadino Mountains in Southern California
He met Michael Wayne's wife, Gretchen Wayne (aka Gretchen Diebel), on the set of the John Wayne film The Alamo (1960), in which he had a part. Four years later, he married beauty pageant winner Kathryn Diebel, Gretchen's sister. So, he is part of the extended John Wayne family.
Discovered by Robert P. Marcucci.
He had the last #1 hit of the 1950s with the ballad,"Why".
Due to the popularity of the movie "Grease" and its soundtrack, he considers "Beauty School Dropout" to be his most popular song.

Personal Quotes (2)

God's delay is not God's denial.
These kids today, everything is about hitting a vocal home run. They look for the top note in every song. They don't know what they're singing about. They have no style.

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