Eight Hilarious Frankie Avalon TV and Movie Appearances
The Hollywood Palace
Variety shows were all the rage in the '60s, and The Hollywood Palace capitalized on the format's appeal by employing different hosts each week. In this episode that comedian Phyllis Diller hosts, Frankie and Annette cavort on a fake beach with pop R&B group the 5th Dimension. The best part is what our twosome decides is appropriate beach attire: a yellow suit and a cheetah costume.
"Drugs can ruin a life before it really has a chance to get started." With these words, Avalon warns parents about the pressures their teenagers will face and encourages them to invite the Naval Reserve to find kids at school and church and scare them straight. Drugs are bad, m'kay?
Avalon appeared on Dick Clark's who's-who parade many times, but it was 1985 when the spectacle got really kitschy. Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell -- the era's singing/acting Bronies -- celebrate Bandstand's "33 1/3 anniversary" with a few of their famous numbers. Pay attention to the audience members -- Oingo Boingo, Adam Ant, Mick Fleetwood and Laura Branigan eat that shit up!
Continue for Pee-Wee Herman's goofy holiday special and a Fishbone performance.