Frankie Avalon Part Two
Even though you haven’t asked, and I never thought of doing it, I’ll be doing Frankie Avalon Part Two, so that way you can ask me, “When am I going to post it?”. The answer will be, I’m not sure yet, It might be after I finish it.
1970’s And 1980’s
In 1976, Avalon updated his song “Venus“ with a brand-new disco treatment
Emerging as a character called Teen Angel, his performance of “Beauty School Dropout“ in the hit 1978 film of the musical Grease presented Avalon to a new generation of audiences.
The 1980 film The Idolmaker, written by Ed Di Lorenzo as well as directed by Taylor Hackford, was a thinly-disguised biography of Avalon(“ Tommy Dee“ in the film) along with 1950s teenage star Fabian Forte (called “Caesare“ in the film), together with songwriter/producer Bob Marcucci (called“Vinnie Vacarri“). In the film, Dee encounter the record producer and also younger singer Caesare, that he feels threatens his career. At some point, Dee and Caesare quit the label, however their record careers collapse just as the British Invasion begins. The real Fabian threatened a lawsuit, regardless of the filmmakers‘ insistence that the film presented just fictional characters (though Marcucci was a paid consultant). Avalon denied most of the film‘s events.
Avalon had the idea of returning to beach party films with Funicello. He employed several screenwriters as well as shopped the screenplay around town, at some point managing to set up the project at Paramount Pictures. Back to the Beach ( 1987) was a modest success.
In 1989, Avalon and also Funicello appeared as themselves in cameo roles out jogging the streets in Troop Beverly Hills. Not long after that, Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired.
After that, Avalon turned to marketing as well as developed Frankie Avalon Products, a line of health and also cosmetic aids. Avalon advertised his products on the Home Shopping Network with host Bob Circosta.
Avalon made a cameo appearance as himself with Robert De Niro in the 1995 film, Casino.
Recently, Avalon has starred in stage productions of Grease in the role of Teen Angel and Tony n‘ Tina‘s Wedding as a caricature of himself. Furthermore, in 2007, he performed “Beauty School Dropout“ with the four remaining female contenders (Kathleen Monteleone, Allie Schulz, Ashley Spencer, as well as winner Laura Osnes) for the role of Sandy on the NBC TV reality show Grease : You‘re the One that I Want!
On April 8, 2009, Avalon performed on American Idol.
As part of a long-running concert tour, Avalon has toured with fellow Philadelphian early 60s teen idols Fabianand Bobby Rydell under the banner “Dick Fox‘s Golden Boys.“
A cookbook with over 80 recipes from St. Martin‘s Press, Frankie Avalon‘s Italian Family Cookbook, was published in 2015.
Avalon married Kathryn “Kay“ Diebel on January 19, 1963. She was a former beauty pageant winner, and also Avalon met her while playing cards at a friends house. He told his friend that Kay was the girl he was going to marry. His agent warned Avalon that marriage would spoil his teen idol mystique. They have eight children — Frankie Jr., Tony, Dina, Laura, Joseph, Nicolas, Kathryn and Carla. They have 10 grandchildren. Frankie Avalon Jr. is a former actor that appeared in the original The Karate Kid as well as is now a musician, and Tony, the second oldest son, plays guitar as well as taught at the Rock Nation School. Both sons play on tour with their dad. A Roman Catholic, he attends Massat St. Charles Borromeo Church.
In 1963, Avalon had to fight a paternity suit
Avalon performing in 1960
Avalon was mentioned in the System of a Down song “Old School Hollywood“. The song apparently is about Daron Malakian‘s experience in a celebrity baseball game, where he and Avalon were both ignored.
Avalon is also mentioned in “It Takes Two“, a song from the hit musical Hairspray, sung by the character Link Larkin, as well as in a song by the Wu-Tang Clan called “The City“ which describes his experiences of being a big part of the beach party film genre (“Ride the wave like Frankie Avalon“).
Among numerous obscure cultural references existing in Midway‘s video game Mortal Kombat 3 was a lo-res photo of Frankie Avalon‘s face that would dart up in the lower right-hand corner of the screen when Goro killed his opponent by knocking him right into the spike pit on the Bridge level.
His song “Venus“ was featured in Cranium Command (1989— 2005), an attraction at Epcot‘s Wonders of Life Pavilion (currently closed) at Walt Disney World. In the tourist attraction, a 12-year-old boy named Bobby (Scott Curtis), attempts to survive the pressures of life and also falls in love with a beautiful girl named Annie (Natalie Gregory) at school.
Avalon in 1976
Avalon and also his song “Venus“ are mentioned in Wendy Wasserstein‘s 2005 play Third. The main character, English professor Laurie Jameson, enjoys a PBS reunion show featuring Avalon singing the song, and sings a line of it to her daughter. In stage productions of the show, part of the song is played as well as a portion of the supposed PBS special is screened as part of the scenery.
Avalon is also referenced in the 1994 film, The Stöned Age, in which he makes an ending scene cameo appearance.
His song “Venus“ furthermore appeared in season four of the TV series Dexter in which John Lithgow‘s character, Arthur Mitchell, plays it to remember his dead sister. Also, “Venus“ is sampled in Nick Bertke‘s, single| solitary, “J’Adore Juin“, a mashup of sounds from the film The Apartment. “Venus“also appeared in the 2016 film 10 Cloverfield Lane starring John Goodman.
Avalon is likewise mentioned in The Vaccines‘ song “Teenage Icon“.
Frankie Avalon Discography Acting roles
• Jamboree (1957) – Himself.
Guns of the Timberland (1960) – Bert Harvey.
Alakazam the Great (1960) – Alakazam (English version, singing voice).
The Alamo (1960) – Smitty.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) – Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano.
Sail a Crooked Ship (1961) – Ens. Rodney J. Foglemeyer.
Panic in Year Zero! (1962) – Rick Baldwin.
The Eleventh Hour (1963, TV Series, in episode entitled “A Tumble from a High White House“) – Larry Thatcher.
Operation Bikini (1963) – Seaman Joseph Malzone.
The Jack Benny Program (1963, TV series, episode: “The Frankie Avalon Show“) – Himself.
The Castilian (1963) – Jerifán.
Drums of Africa (1963) – Brian Ferrers.
Beach Party (1963) – Frankie.
Rawhide (1963, TV Series) – Billy Farragut.
Mr. Novak (1963, TV Series, in “A Thousand Voices“) – David Muller.
Muscle Beach Party (1964) – Frankie.
Bikini Beach (1964) – Frankie/ Potato Bug.
Pajama Party (1964) – Socum.
Combat! (1965, TV Series) – Eddie Cane.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) – Frankie.
I‘ll Take Sweden (1965) – Kenny Klinger.
Ski Party (1965) – Todd Armstrong.
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) – Frankie.
Sergeant Deadhead (1965) – Sergeant O.K. Deadhead/ Sergeant Donovan.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) – Craig Gamble.
Fireball 500 (1966) – Dave Owens.
The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967) – Tommy Carter.
The Lucy Show (1967, TV Series, in episode entitled“Lucy The Starmaker“) – Tommy Cheever.
Skidoo (1968) – Angie.
The Haunted House of Horror (1969) – Chris.
Love, American Style (1971, TV Series) – Henry (segment “Love and the Tuba“).
The Take (1974) – Danny James.
Grease (1978) – Teen Angel.
Blood Song (1982) – Paul Foley.
Happy Days (1982, TV Series, in the episode“Poobah Doo Dah“) – Himself.
Back to the Beach (1987) – Annette‘s Husband.
Christmas at Pee Wee‘s Playhouse (1988, TV Movie) – Himself.
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) – Himself.
Full House (1991, TV Series, in the episode “Joey Goes Hollywood“) – Himself.
Twist (1992) (documentary).
The Stoned Age (1994) – Himself.
Casino (1995) – Himself (archive footage).
Renegade – (1996, TV series, in the episode “High Rollers“) – Dan Travis.
Charlie Gracie Fabulous (2007) (documentary).
The Wages of Spin (2007) (documentary).
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) (documentary).
Papa (2018) – Jack Freidman.