Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone, September 18, 1940) is an Italian-American actor, singer, and former teen idol. He made his American network television debut In December 1952 playing the trumpet in the Honeymooners “Christmas Party” sketch on The Jackie Gleason Show. In 1959 he released “Venus” and “Why” and they both went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Avalon concentrated on his acting career which detracted from his recording career, and “Why” of 1959 would be Avalon’s final top 10 hit
Avalon is also well known for his role in the 1970s musical film Grease as Teen Angel, in which he sings “Beauty School Dropout“.