Frankie Avalon (born September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, playwright, and former teen idol. Avalon was born Francis Thomas Avallone on September 18, 1940, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary and Nicholas Avallone.
He was on U.S. television playing his trumpet by the time he was 11. Two singles showcasing Avalon’s trumpet playing were issued on RCA Victor’s “X” sublabel in 1954. 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.