Frankie Avalon
Singer, actor
Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon is an American actor, singer, playwright, and former teen idol.
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Frankie Avalon's personal information overview.
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RIP Bobby Vee, Who Grew Up to be a Little More Than Just a Clean-Cut Kid
Huffington Post - 4 months
Bobby Vee got blasted into rock 'n' roll under the worst circumstances imaginable. He and his new band filled in for Buddy Holly on Feb. 4, 1959, the night after Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash. "The show should have been cancelled," Vee admitted in a 1999 interview. "People coming in had just heard about the crash. It was like a wake. But since the promoters decided it would go on, they needed local talent to fill out the bill. All we wanted to do was find a way to get through it. Doing that show turned out to be one of my greatest lessons." It was a lesson learned well. Vee, who died Monday at the age of 73 in hospice outside Minneapolis from complications of early-onset Alzheimer's, soon became a full-blown top-40 star. More impressive, though less noted, he became a lifelong musician, playing his pop hits, some of Holly's songs, some '50s faves, a bunch of rockabilly - he's in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame - and great little curveballs l ...
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Podcast Review: <i>Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast</i>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Since starting his Amazing Colossal Podcast 10 months and 42 episodes ago, comedian Gilbert Gottfried has played host to a pretty amazing retinue of show biz folk -- including Danny Aiello, David Steinberg, Barbara Felton, Adam West, Frankie Avalon -- the list is mind-boggling. And he's never afraid to wander into the darkness with his questions. That's never more in evidence than in the latest episode with guest Dan Harmon, creator of TV's (and now Yahoo's) Community, and host of podcasting's Harmontown. Right out of the gate, Gottfried asks Harmon about a story that's circulated that he did a little sexploration with a Sharpie pen as a young man. To his credit, Harmon doesn't shrink from that subject or the others that come up during the show, including confirming reports that he once ordered and co-habitated with a realistic rubber woman, or that he once referred to Steven Spielberg as "a moron" in a piece of private correspondence that then got out onto the internet. Go ...
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'1964' review: Impacts of tumultuous year still felt today
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The year that began less than two months after the killing of the president saw passage of the Civil Rights Act, the arrival of the Beatles on U.S. soil, the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, the birth of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, the escalation of the Vietnam conflict and Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater offering a "a choice, not an echo" as he was nominated for president. Cassius Clay defied the 7-1 odds against him to defeat Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title, and then became Muhammad Ali; Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello flirted, sang and danced in "Bikini Beach"; Ford introduced the Mustang; "Hello, Dolly!" opened on Broadway; and a huge see-through globe called the Unisphere dominated the World's Fair, constructed atop a former swamp and garbage dump in Queens, N.Y. In the wake of the new law, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other groups established a program to send college kids to Mississippi to help get African Ame ...
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Justin Timberlake in talks to produce 'The Idolmaker' remake for MGM
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Justin Timberlake is sticking with what he knows as he embarks on a film producing career, entering negotiations to produce MGM's remake of "The Idolmaker," multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Directed by Taylor Hackford, the original 1980 film was based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered acts such as teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Timberlake currently has no plans to star, though one insider cautions that could change depending on the script and who winds up directing. ...
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Deborah Cruz: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's Vulgarity Is a Symptom of Our Failing Society
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Get More: 2013 VMA, Artists.MTV, Music, Miley Cyrus Okay, Miley Cyrus, I get it. You are not Hannah Montana. After last night's VMAs, everyone is wondering just what the hell went so wrong in Miley Cyrus' young life that warranted the We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines Mashup performance. Was she over the top? Absolutely. Was she embarrassingly crass on stage? For sure! Is she some sort of anomaly who has gone completely off her respective Disney rocker? I'm going to say, probably not. My bigger concern was Robin Thicke, 36, in a Beetlejuice suit pushing his junk up on a twerking Miley Cyrus, 20, and all the entire Internet blames her. It takes two to make things go that wrong. In my opinion, Miley Cyrus is not doing anything worse than most girls her age on college campuses and in clubs all over the country are doing every weekend. The only difference between Miley and other 20-year-olds is that she is in the public eye and she used to be a Disney kid. You can ...
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What Surf Music And Punk Have In Common
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The story goes that when The Beatles landed stateside in 1964, they killed surf music. But one lone surf act escaped Americans’ selective amnesia of what they had been spinning just months before: They were called The Beach Boys, and if you ask most anyone today, chances are they’ll equate the genre with the band. Talk to a few surf music purists, however, and they’ll throw you a curveball: When The Beach Boys took over our consciousness as the official purveyors of the “sound of summer,” they killed surf music. How does surf music kill surf music? Let’s backtrack. The Beach Boys, and similar-minded bands like Jan and Dean, were part of a school of surf rock that played up vocals and four-part harmonies. Their pop-friendly style was present in the American International Pictures beach party films of the early 1960s -- think "Beach Party" and "Beach Blanket Bingo." The series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this July, sparked mainstream interest in surf music, but ...
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James A. Kiewel: When Frankie And Annette Saved Chrysler
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It seems like every generation or so, Italians come to the aid of Chrysler Corporation. Presently, it's Fiat's Sergio Marchionne. Before that it was Lee Iacocca, freshly cashiered by Henry Ford II ("I just don't like you, Lee"). And before that, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello!?! Well could have, maybe. The year was 1964 and I was a management trainee at BBDO, New York. "Which of you guys knows anything about cars?" asked our supervisor. Silence. It was not cool for Ivy Leaguers to know about cars. Then a response: "I don't, but I have a friend who does." Being a land-granter, I had no reservations about speaking up -- and in that instant, I found myself in charge of finding ways to make the stodgy old Dodge Division's new Ram Charger appealing to young people. My first act was to call Joe Gosnell back in Minneapolis. "The Ram Charger..." he mused. He began reeling off statistics about suspension, engine disp ...
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Bart Simpson to cable? Jay-Z to Universal. RIP Annette Funicello. - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 4 years
CBS News Bart Simpson to cable? Jay-Z to Universal. RIP Annette Funicello. Los Angeles Times After the coffee. Before seeing if a palm tree hit my car last night. The Skinny: Driving during that windstorm Monday night was pretty scary. While the palm trees looked cool swaying in the wind, I didn't need any hitting me. Also, traffic lights were out all over my ... Mouseketeer, Movie Star Annette Funicello Dies at 70ABC News An '80s Child Raised on Annette FunicelloCNN Frankie Avalon, Britney say goodbye to Annette FunicelloUSA TODAY Digital Spy -Syracuse.com -Entertainment Weekly (blog) all 351 news articles »
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Former 'Mickey Mouse Club' Star Dies At Age 70
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Former child star Annette Funicello has died at the age of 70, reports "Extra." The actress, who is best remembered for her time as a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1955 to 1957, died from complications related to multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with more than 20 years ago. Funicello first lost the ability to walk in 2004, and later lost the ability to speak in 2009. Family members told "Extra" that they were by her side when she was taken off life support, after being in a MS coma for years. The former actress was the original Disney star, getting her start as a Mouseketeer and staring in Disney films including, "The Shaggy Dog" and "Babes in Toyland," before transitioning into a teen idol. In the early 1960s Funicello starred in a series of "Beach Party" movies co-starring Frankie Avalon, that included "Beach Party," "Muscle Beach Party," "Pajama Beach Party," "Beach Blanket Bing" and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini." Funicello was marrie ...
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What You Need to Know About the Topsfield Fair: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Andover - over 4 years
Wednesday, Oct. 3 is the sixth day of the 2012 Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the country. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The agricultural buildings close at 10 p.m. It is the final day with a midway ride special on, where you get unlimited rides for $20 on all rides except the bumper cars from 5-11 p.m. And singing legend Frankie Avalon takes the stage in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Avalon, 72, has starred in dozens of TV shows and movies dating back to the 1950s and had 31 hit songs on the Billboard charts. If it rains, Avalon's performance will be moved inside to Coolidge Hall. Another of the midweek evening parades will make its way through the fairgrounds on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The U.S. Marine Corps Band continues with its 2012 performances at the Topsfield Fair with concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. in the grandstand. Frankie Avalon then visits the grandstand on Wednesday with a free show at 7 p.m. Starting the day at 10:30 a.m. in the grandstand will be Beu ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 18, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Monday night football, Peyton Manning threw three first quarter interceptions as Atlanta beat Denver 27-21. The NFL showed linebacker Jonathan Vilma a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying that Vilma placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre. Vilma's attorney calls the charge a lie. The closest baseball races, Baltimore trails the Yankees by one-half of a game. The Dodgers are one game out of the wild card. Olympic gold medal snow boarder Shaun White is charged in Nashville with public intoxication and vandalism after pulling the fire alarm of a hotel causing an evacuation. How do you like the NHL lockout so far? 2. Unwritten Rules We always hear about "unwritten rules" in baseball. Stuff like not stealing bases or bunting with a 12-0 lead. But football? The Giants and Bucs had their big dustup over Eli M ...
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Strong Summer 'Wind' Blows Through Area Stages
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
New shows opening this week include Trilogy Repertory Co.'s free outdoor staging of "Inherit the Wind" at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The play is a dramatization of the famed Scopes Trial, in which a teacher was accused for violating state law for teaching evolution in a public school. And the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey is readying its annual summer production, which this year is the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Theatergoers can also see presentation of one-act plays by the Chester Theatre Group and Chatham Community Players. Meanwhile, time's running out to see the Shakespeare Theatre's outdoor presentation of "The Comedy of Errors" and the indoor staging of "The Liar." And that's just a taste of what's happening at this busy time of the year. There are more plays, musicals, along with lots of shows for kids and concerts, to check out as you seek some summer entertainment. So read the On ...
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Branford Jazz Series: Trio, Aug. 2
Branford Patch - over 4 years
RENOWNED JAZZ TRIO TO PERFORM ON THE BRANFORD TOWN GREEN AUGUST 2 Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini, pianist Donn Trenner and versatile bassist Dave Daddario will unite on the Branford Town Green and perform in the Branford Jazz Series 2012 summer concert series on Thursday, August 2nd starting at 6:30 p.m. Known as one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today, Gene Bertoncini has won international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of Jazz”, due to his fluid technique and lyricism. Gene has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including: Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond as well as distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Edye Gorme. Gene’s CD, Someone to Light Up My Life, won international raves including recognition in Brazilian critic’s and listener’s pools, who named him as the best acoustic jazz guitarist.  His releases include a striking CD, Body and Soul, and his Acoust ...
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What's On Tonight: The Choice, Beach Blanket Bingo, America's Worst Tattoos
Berlin Patch - over 4 years
The Choice, 9 p.m., Fox OK, so the “ladies” are getting the short end of the stick here  - so to speak: “Reality-TV star Mike “The Situation'' Sorrentino, singer Taylor Hicks, former professional football player Warren Sapp and chef Rocco DiSpirito look for love.” Really? The Situation and Taylor Hicks on the same stage? Armageddon, anyone? Beach Blanket Bingo, 1 p.m., TCM Shut up! Awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen this whole movie. “Lovers quarrel around surfers, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton, Von Zipper's biker gang. Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Paul Lynde, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck.” America’s Worst Tattoos, 10 p.m., TLC Not so much a reality show as a cautionary tale, kids. “A woman whose ex gave her an X-rated tattoo gets a tattoo transformation.”
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Michael Sigman: Boss Encounters of the Absurd Kind
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A while back, I blogged about the unintentionally hilarious bon mots of people I've worked for, such as the pet products magnate who ordered his firm's canine toys to be positioned on the low shelves in grocery stores, "So the dogs can see them." A tsunami of requests (six and counting, including my mom) for a follow-up -- along with a slew of anecdotes from friends -- inspired this Top Ten list of boss encounters of the absurd kind. 1. My ex-boss at a music magazine was at his desk and about to chow down on a mammoth sandwich from the Stage Deli when he remembered he'd been invited to a free lunch. (Yes, there was such a thing as a free lunch during the halcyon days of the music biz.) The boss stopped at the mail room on his way out, sandwich in hand, and asked the mail guy if he'd eaten. The mail guy hadn't, and the boss sold him the sandwich for half price. 2. Speaking of music biz lunches, my friend Bob worked for a food-obsessed female record exec whose day revo ...
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Alexandra Holzer: Music Producer Rocks Old-School In Digital Era (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
'Play' your dues Music Producer Shelly Liebowitz sings. Shelly knows music and music knows him. There is nothing auto-tuned about this man what-so-ever. He is a record producer who has worked with such greats as Sammy Davis Jr., c, Ella Fitzgerald and Frankie Avalon. On the business front, he is the CEO of SRI Entertainment Group, a Los Angeles based independent record company that carries classic jazz and other established artists in blues, country and rock. In the 80's, Shelly created and produced two shows that benefited the Black Music Association: To Basie With Love, a tribute to Count Basie in 1982 and Miles Ahead, a tribute to Miles Davis in 1983. They raised $4 million for the BMA's musical scholarship fund. Continuing on his work with many of the classics, he was the executive producer of Judy, Frank &amp; Dean, which aired as part of a pledge drive special nationally for PBS Television stations. This special starred Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. ...
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Jerry Waxman: The Revolution Was Televised (Only We Didn't Know It)
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Dance programs on radio were nothing new in 1957. They had been around in one form or another since the dance marathons of the Depression years. Swing bands used to do remote national hookups into living rooms across the country and the kids used to dance at their house parties until all hours. This was best illustrated in the movie The Benny Goodman Story, where the band is mobbed in California by hordes of teenagers. They had no way of knowing at that time that there was an audience in the west. Frank Sinatra's time with the Dorsey orchestra was well spent gathering him a multitude of fans that went crazy over him in public. His 1942 dates at the Paramount are legend with bobbysoxers screaming, swooning and dancing in the aisles during the show. Radio dance programs were standard stuff by the late 30's. In Philadelphia, radio station WPEN had two hosts, Joe Grady and Ed Hurst, who used to broadcast from the downtown studio on Walnut Street. There was a dance floor in the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Avalon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    A cookbook with over 80 recipes is due out in 2015 from St. Martin's Press, Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    On April 8, 2009, he performed on American Idol.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    In recent years, Avalon has starred in stage productions of Grease in the role of Teen Angel and Tony n' Tina's Wedding as a caricature of himself. Additionally, in 2007, he performed "Beauty School Dropout" with the four remaining female contenders (Kathleen Monteleone, Allie Schulz, Ashley Spencer, and winner Laura Osnes) for the role of Sandy on the NBC television reality show Grease: You're the One that I Want!
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 54
    He made a cameo appearance as himself with Robert De Niro in the 1995 film, Casino.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987, Avalon and Annette Funicello returned to movies with Back to the Beach.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989 they also appeared as themselves in cameo roles out jogging the streets in Troop Beverly Hills. Not long afterwards, Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired. Afterwards, Avalon turned to marketing and created Frankie Avalon Products, a line of health and cosmetic aids. Avalon promotes his products on the Home Shopping Network with host Bob Circosta.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    The 1980 film The Idolmaker, written by Ed Di Lorenzo and directed by Taylor Hackford, was a thinly-disguised biography of Avalon ("Tommy Dee" in the film) as well as 1950s teenage star Fabian Forte (called "Caesare" in the film), along with songwriter/producer Bob Marcucci (called "Vinnie Vacarri").
    More Details Hide Details In the movie, Dee clashes with the record producer and younger singer Caesare, who he feels threatens his career. Eventually, Dee and Caesare quit the label, but their record careers collapse just as the British Invasion begins. The real Fabian threatened a lawsuit, despite the filmmakers' insistence that the film presented only fictional characters (though Marcucci was a paid consultant). Avalon denied most of the movie's events.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 24
    In 1965 he appeared in the Combat! episode "Brother, Brother" as a childhood friend of Pfc.Kirby, played by Jack Hogan.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    Avalon married Kathryn "Kay" Diebel on January 19, 1963.
    More Details Hide Details She was a former beauty pageant winner, and Avalon met her while playing cards at a friend's house. He told his friend that Kay was the girl he was going to marry. His agent warned Avalon that marriage would spoil his teen idol mystique. Still together, they have eight children - Frankie Jr., Tony, Dina, Laura, Joseph, Nicolas, Kathryn and Carla. They have 10 grandchildren. Frankie Avalon Jr. is a former actor who appeared in the original The Karate Kid and is now a musician, and Tony, the second oldest son, plays guitar and taught at the Rock Nation School. Both sons play on tour with their father. He was mentioned in the System of a Down song "Old School Hollywood". The song supposedly is about Daron Malakian's experience in a celebrity baseball game, where he and Avalon were both ignored.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 17
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Most of his hits were written and/or produced by Bob Marcucci, head of Chancellor Records. He was less popular in the U.K., but did still manage four chart hits with "Why", "Ginger Bread", "Venus" and "Don't Throw Away All Those Teardrops". 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.
  • 1954
    Age 13
    Two singles showcasing Avalon's trumpet playing were issued on RCA Victor's "X" sublabel in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • OTHER
  • 1939
    Age -2
    Born on September 18, 1939.
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