The last number one single of the 1950’s also had the shortest title of the decade when “Why” by Frankie Avalon topped the BILLBOARD Hot 100 for the week of December 28th.
It was Avalon’s second number one hit of the year following “Venus.” While he would continue to have releases make the charts in the early 1960’s, he would never again reach the top 20.
He would begin to branch out into films. While he would appear in such movies as The Alamo, Guns Of The Timberland, The Carpetbaggers, and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea; it was his series of Beach Party films with Annette Funicello that brought him fame.
Frankie Avalon ended the 1950’s in style. He had seven top ten hits during the 1950’s and is still on the road performing over 50 years later.