Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eight Hilarious Frankie Avalon TV and Movie Appearances

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Hey, Venus, make my wish come true. - YOUTUBE
  • YouTube
  • Hey, Venus, make my wish come true.

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!

Full House

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.

Sonic Drive-In

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.)

Grease

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.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation