Actor, singer, and former teen idol Frankie Avalon will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts tonight, June 9 at 8:00 PM for a special Graffiti Summer concert. Avalon had 31 charted Billboard U.S. singles from 1958 to late 1962, including "Venus", "Why", "Just Ask Your Heart", "I'll Wait For You", "Bobby Sox to Stockings", and "A Boy Without a Girl."
Tickets for this performance range from $25 to $75. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets or more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.
Frankie has a long string of Gold Record Million-Seller singles and albums. In 1959 alone Frankie had 6 solid hits that were in the top 40 and his music became one of the defining sounds of the "Pre-Beatles" Rock and Roll. Frankie's starring roles in the highly successful "Beach Party" film series, are perhaps, quickest to recall and include "Beach Party", "Muscle Beach Party", "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine", "Bikini Beach", and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini".
Among the many honors that have been bestowed upon this multi-faceted star, the ones that stand out are: The Disk Jockey's Association Selection as "King of Song" – 1959, winner of Photoplay Magazines Gold Award as "Most Popular Vocalist" – 1959, selection by Box Office Magazine in 1964, as one of the "Top Three Young Male Stars" at the motion picture box office and named by Film Daily in 1964, as one of the "Five Best Young Actors of the Year". But his induction into "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1995 was an acknowledgement of Frankie Avalon's talent by his peers and those whose music he has influenced.
The Gallo Center for the Arts' 2011-12 Premier Partner is Boyett Petroleum.