Song of the Day: Frankie Avalon, “Venus”

Singer, actor, and former teen idol Frankie Avalon turns 81 today. He had 31 charting singles in the ’50’s and early ’60’s as well as appearing beside Rick Nelson in Rio Bravo (1959), John Wayne in The Alamo (1960), Alan Ladd in Guns of the Timberland (1960), and, of course, Annette Funicello in Beach Party (1963) and several other films. He had two #1 hits in 1959, "Venus," which spent 5 weeks at #1, and "Why," which was the last #1 of the ’50’s. Here is an appearance on the Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show from March 14, 1959, where he receives the Gold record for "Venus" from Dick Clark.

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