Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon

Born on September 18, 1940 as Francis Thomas Avallone, Frankie Avalon started out playing the trumpet. He was good enough to catch the eye of a local talent scout, who arranged for him to appear on Jackie Gleason's CBS-TV show, which led to other appearances on national television.

By the time he was 12, he had joined Rocco and the Saints, a dance band that feature another boy from the CR Club, drummer Robert Ridarelli, soon to call himself Bobby Rydell. The combo played parish bazaars, shows at the Sons of Italy Hall, weekend sock hops. in... more