“Teen Angel” Frankie Avalon brings his boyish charm and the songs that defined a generation to the Suncoast Showroom for three nights, November 26, 27 and 28.
The one-time teenage idol is best known for the dizzying effect he had on high school girls in the 1950s and 1960s, and is considered one of the defining sounds of “pre-Beatles” rock ‘n’ roll. Memorialized in his 1978 cameo appearance in the film Grease, where he sang “Beauty School Dropout,” Avalon’s career has spanned three generations of music, television and motion pictures. He had a long string of gold albums and singles, with such hits as “Venus,” “Bobby Sox to Stockings,” “Just Ask Your Heart,” “Why” and “De De Dinah.”
Avalon has been a darling of adoring fans since his childhood days in Philadelphia, where he entered and won countless local amateur contests. He began taking musical lessons on his own initiative, and was deemed a trumpet virtuoso by a member of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra who heard him play. Although Avalon downplays the fact that he was a child prodigy, he was good enough to make guest appearances as a trumpet player on The Perry Como Show and The Jackie Gleason Show.
Known as much for his acting as for his singing and musical talents, Avalon has some 30 motion picture credits, including the highly successful 1960s Beach Party film series, including such favorites as Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Bikini Beach and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. His talents as a dramatic actor are evidenced in The Alamo and Guns of the Timberland. Other film credits include Skidoo, I’ll Take Sweden and Casino, among others.
Avalon has received numerous honors throughout the years, including being named “King of Song” in 1959 by the Disc Jockey Association, and one of “Top Three Young Male Stars,” in 1964 by Box Office magazine. Avalon’s 1995 induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the supreme acknowledgement by his peers that he had indeed influenced music and the sound of a generation.
In addition to performing, Avalon uses his stardom to help others. He is a National Ambassador for the National Arthritis Foundation and host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Most importantly for Avalon, he and wife Kay are parents to four sons and four daughters.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.636.7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com. Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at Coast Casinos.