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Teen Idol Frankie Avalon at Salisbury Beach

By the early 1960s, young Frankie Avalon had two number one singles under his belt with "Venus" and "Why" and a burgeoning acting career that would see him become a mainstay in the pervasive "beach party" genre of the mid-1960s. In the wake of the wild youth appeal of 1950s acts such as Elvis Presley, Avalon is considered one of the first celebrities deliberately elevated by the entertainment industry as a teen idol.

Here, Avalon is seen with a young fan early in his career, still riding the wave of success brought by his number one singles.

Joan DiPrima has her photo taken with Frankie Avalon who was at Salisbury Beach to perform at the Frolics, early 1960s. -- Courtesy of Joan Petersen

Joan DiPrima has her photo taken with Frankie Avalon who was at Salisbury Beach to perform at the Frolics, early 1960s.

Courtesy of Joan Petersen

The Daily News is proud to announce a beautiful coffee-table book featuring historic images of Plum Island and Salisbury from the 1800s-today: Plum Island & Salisbury Memories.

  

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The Daily News presents Plum Island & Salisbury Memories

$39.95

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