Birth Name: Frankie Avalon
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Born Francis Thomas Avallone in South Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 18, 1939, Frankie Avalon was the son of Nicholas and Mary Avallone and brother to older sister Theresa Avallone. From an early age, he displayed a genuine talent for music, but as a trumpeter, not a singer. Having learned the instrument from his father, he quickly developed into something of a child prodigy, playing at clubs and on television while still in grade school. A performance at a private party for singer Al Martino led to an appearance on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (DuMont/CBS, 1949-1957) and a 1954 record, "Trumpet Sorrento," for X Records, a subsidiary of RCA/Victor. By the time he had reached his teens, he was perfor...
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