Pray to the Roman goddess of love for a girl to love who will love him back? Why not… Avalon’s version of “Venus,” which was written by Ed Marshall and Peter DeAngelis, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B Chart in 1959. It was Avalon’s first #1 hit. Avalon was born Francis Thomas Avallone in Philadelphia. His first instrument was the trumpet, and he performed on TV at the age of 12. He became a singer, 50s teen idol, actor, and playwright. Many remember him in the beach party movies with Annette Funicello (e.g., Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Back to the Beach). Avalon has 30 film credits, including a role in the film The Alamo, which starred John Wayne, the science fiction film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Idolmaker. He still tours and performs and is on TV. He also promotes a line of health and cosmetic aids called Frankie Avalon Products. He has been married to Kathryn Diebel since 1963, and they have eight children.