Francis Avallone, 18 September 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This photogenic 50s teen idol started as a trumpet-playing child prodigy. His first recordings in 1954 were the instrumentals Trumpet Sorrento and Trumpet Tarantella on X-Vik Records (an RCA Records subsidiary). In the mid-50s, he appeared on many television and radio shows including those of Paul Whiteman, Jackie Gleason and Ray Anthony. He joined Rocco And The Saints and was seen singing with them in the 1957 movie Jamboree (retitled Disc Jockey Jamboree in the UK). Avalon signed to Chancellor Records and in 1958 his third single for them, DeDe Dinah, reached the US Top 10. It was the first of his 25 US chart entries, many of which were written by his hard-working manager, Bob Marcucci. Despite the fact that he had a weak voice and his musical talent was often questioned, Avalon quickly became one of the top stars in the USA and managed two chart-toppers in...
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