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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Jimmie Rodgers, whose song "Honeycomb" topped the charts in 1957. Rodgers was born in 1933 (age 69). Frankie Avalon was born in 1940 (age 62); Alan King of Ace in 1946 (age 56); Kerry Livgren of Kansas in 1949 (age 53); Ramones'
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2002 with 104 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon performs during a sold out show at the Boulevard Casino near Vancouver, British Columbia, May 26, 2007. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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Frankie Avalon (born September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, playwright, and former teen idol.

By the time he was 12, Avalon was on U.S. television playing his trumpet. As a teenager he played with Bobby Rydell in Rocco and the Saints. In 1959, "Venus" (5 weeks #1) and "Why" went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Why" was the last #1 of the 1950s. Avalon had 31 charted U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962, including "Just Ask Your Heart" (U.S. #7), "I'll Wait For You" (U.S. #15), "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (U.S. #8), and "A Boy Without a Girl" (U.S. #10). Most of his hits were written and/or produced by Bob Marcucci, head of Chancellor Records.

Teamed frequently with Annette Funicello, Avalon starred in a number of popular "beach" comedy movies during the 1960s. The wholesome and romantic coupling of "Frankie and Annette" in summer movies such as Beach Party and Beach Blanket Bingo became iconic figures in American films during that era.

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