Frankie Avalon is a legend. An icon. A damn big kahuna. Even at 73, the "Venus" singer still can make the ladies squeal.
The original teen idol and surfer dude performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at the Bezemes Family Theater in St. Charles, and we're betting that Avalon's crooning will take plenty of audience members back to the beach. Though he had a few chart-topping hits in the '50s, Avalon is known best for his '60s films with former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello that featured seaside parties and sudden bursts of song. Get a load of this:
Avalon's charming, over-the-top goofiness has spanned his career, one that includes holiday specials, family sitcoms and hamburger commercials. We at RFT Music are suckers for wholesome stars who take strange jobs for paychecks, so we've hand-picked a few projects that show off Avalon at his silliest, his dreamiest and his corniness. Cowabunga!
The sitcom that made TGIF a household acronym usually focuses on Danny Tanner's annoying kids who dress like librarians and can't spell "sarsaparilla," but the episode "Joey Goes Hollywood" hones in on how Danny's best friend and live-in babysitter finally lands a job on a TV pilot -- with Frankie and Annette Funny Jello! The pair sing Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)," and Uncle Joey delivers some gnarly mail.
A gazillion years ago, Sonic forced roller skaters to bring meat patties and tater tots to your car. Eventually, Sonic realized that the insurance for that crap was too high, and, as Avalon helpfully tells us, "Some things didn't last." He's totally lying, though! At the end of his commercial, he awkwardly delivers food to his off-screen ladyfriend while wearing skates! (Still hungry? Watch more of Avalon's Sonic commercials here and here.)
In 1978 Grease was the word, and with Frankie Avalon's helmet of hair, it's no wonder he has one of the flick's most memorable sequences. Clad in white trousers and surrounded by salon patrons, Avalon tries to keep a beauty-school dropout from continuing down a path that surely will lead to drugs and prostitution. What, that's not right?
Continue for bikinis, drug warnings and Dick Clark.