WHO ARE THEY: Frankie Avalon was one of the first rock n’ roll teen idols to achieve popularity in the years in between Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and the Beatles arrival in America. The South Philadelphia native scored his first number one hit “Venus” in 1959 and wound up scoring six more top 40 hits that same year. In 1962 Avalon teamed up with Annette Funicello for a series of successful Beach Party movies.
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