Rock and Roll
There were teen idols, and then there were TEEN IDOLS — like Fabian. One fun golden olden oldie is his version of “Turn Me Loose.”Fabian, who was born Fabiano Anthony Forte in Philadelphia, is known for his good looks as well as his singing and acting. He had his first hit single in 1959 with “Turn Me Loose,” which was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. The song went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fabian’s father was a police officer, who became ill, and Fabian had to find work to help take care of his family. Bob Marcucci and Peter DeAngelis, owners of Chancellor Records, saw his potential as a teen idol and groomed him along the lines of Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell. Some of his top hits include “Tiger” “Hound Dog Man,” as well as “Turn Me Loose,” which became a signature song. His acting credits include Hound-Dog Man (1959), North to Alaska with John Wayne (1960), High Time with Bing Crosby (1962), and The Longest Day (1962). His TV appearances have included, among many, The Virginian, The Love Boat, Laverne & Shirley, The Facts of Life, Blossom, and Murphy Brown.
He has been involved in several charitable organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and he has helped to raise money for veterans through his Celebrity Golf Tournament.