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See Former Teen Idol Frankie Avalon Now at 81 — Greatest Life

For 4 years within the late Fifties and early ’60s, Frankie Avalon dominated the pop charts. His profession as a recording artist was comparatively quick, however throughout that point he had 31 singles make it onto the Billboard Sizzling 100 and two No. 1 hits with “Why” and “Venus.” After making his mark as a singer, Avalon centered on his profession as an actor all through the ’60s, showing in The Alamo with John Wayne and the Seaside Celebration film franchise with Annette Funicello.

Because the years went on, Avalon did not act as a lot—avoid wasting cameo appearances, corresponding to one in 1995’s On line casino—however he continued to carry out his music stay, which he nonetheless does to today. He is additionally spent the years elevating his giant household along with his spouse of almost 60 years. Learn on to search out out extra about Avalon’s life at the moment.

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Within the 1978 film Grease, Avalon performed the Teen Angel, performing the music “Magnificence College Dropout” in Frenchie’s dream sequence.

“Certain, I used to be making enjoyable of my previous picture in that film, however why not? You have to giggle at your self,” he instructed the Toronto Star in 2013.

Avalon has since performed the position once more, touring in a manufacturing of the musical in 2003. “Grease is probably the most profitable factor I’ve ever been a part of,” he instructed Playbill on the time. “It spans generations. If I am going to a restaurant or if I am at an airport and other people acknowledge me, it amazes me that almost all of them know me from Grease.”

Frankie Avalon on KTLA 5 in 2019
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Avalon nonetheless performs his music stay—generally along with his personal present, and generally with fellow former teen idols Bobby Rydell and Fabian as The Golden Boys. The three have been performing collectively since 1985.

“The present that I do is the present that individuals wish to hear,” Avalon instructed KTLA in 2019. “I do not do any of this new stuff … I do ‘Venus,’ ‘DeDe Dinah,’ ‘Ginger Bread,’ ‘Magnificence College Dropout.’ I’ve received surprises. My son performs with me. I get out within the viewers. I discuss to the folks. And it is a completely different form of present. I’ve completed it for lots of years, and I nonetheless get pleasure from it.”

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Avalon has carried out on well-liked TV reveals, corresponding to American Idol in 2009 and Dancing with the Stars in 2021. He hasn’t appeared on digicam taking part in anybody apart from himself a lot just lately, apart from within the 2018 drama film Papa.

Frankie Avalon on
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Avalon married his spouse, Kay Diebel, in 1963, that means they have a good time their 59th marriage ceremony anniversary this yr. The couple have eight kids collectively and 10 grandchildren.

“What’s my secret? Endurance,” Avalon instructed the Toronto Star of his relationship. “You simply gotta have persistence. All the pieces in a relationship is not all the time one hundred pc all the time. Typically it dips all the way down to 50 %, to 40 %, possibly even decrease. However you deal with it. You stick with it. You make it work.”

Talking to Playbill, Avalon credited the Seaside Celebration sequence for serving to him assist his massive household. “These motion pictures restricted me, for sure,” he stated. “However I did not care. I loved them. Then got here part of my profession the place I wished to do different stuff, and nobody would let me. It was irritating, however I received over it. Now I feel, ‘Thank God for these motion pictures.’ They saved me round and put my [eight] children by faculty, and so they had been fantastic occasions.”

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