Singer Frankie Avalon performs greatest hits in Las Vegas on September 11-13 at the Suncoast Showroom. The former teen idol brings his songs and boyish charm that defined days of decades ago back to Vegas.
Avalon has been a darling of adoring fans since his childhood days in Philadelphia, where he entered and won countless local amateur contests. He began taking musical lessons on his own initiative, and was deemed a trumpet virtuoso by a member of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra who heard him play. Although Avalon downplays the fact that he was a child prodigy, he was good enough to make guest appearances as a trumpet player on The Perry Como Show and The Jackie Gleason Show.
Avalon has received numerous honors throughout the years, including being named “King of Song” in 1959 by the Disc Jockey Association, and one of “Top Three Young Male Stars,” in 1964 by Box Office magazine. Avalon’s 1995 induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the supreme acknowledgement by his peers that he had indeed influenced music and the sound of a generation.
Avalon also uses his stardom to help others. He is a National Ambassador for the National Arthritis Foundation and host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Most importantly for Avalon, he and wife Kay, married for 46 years, are parents to four sons and four daughters.
Known as much for his acting as for his singing and musical talents, Avalon has some 30 motion picture credits, including the highly successful 1960s Beach Party film series, including such favorites as Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Bikini Beach and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. His talents as a dramatic actor are evidenced in The Alamo and Guns of the Timberland. Other film credits include Skidoo, I’ll Take Sweden and Casino, among others.