When Frankie Avalon emerged on the Chancellor Records label towards the end of the 1950s, the general impression was that he was a manufactured star, little more than a vehicle for label head Bob Marcucci. When Marcucci took almost exactly the same formula and made a star out of Fabian, it was seemingly confirmation. Yet all of this rather overlooked the fact that Frankie had been appearing on US television since the age of 12 and had performed with Bobby Rydell long before he launched a solo career. Manufactured or not, his record of 31 US chart hits between 1958 and 1962 is an impressive one, even more so when his two number one's are taken into consideration. This album is therefore a celebration of one of the biggest stars of the 1950s.
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