Venus

Album: A Whole Lotta Frankie (1959)
Charted: 16 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a man who prays to the goddess Venus to send him a woman who is basically her human equivalent. Venus was the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brett - Edmonton, Canada
  • This was the first of two US #1 singles by Avalon, who was a former trumpeter - the other was "Why." It was also the first US Top 10 hit that Avalon sang without holding his nose. He held his honker on earlier hits "Dede Dinah" (#7) and "Ginger Bread" (#9).
  • Al Martino was offered this song before Avalon, but he turned it down. Like Avalon, Martino was a popular Italian-American singer who was also an actor - he played Johnny Fontane in The Godfather.
  • Avalon's recording career started when Chancellor Records president Bob Marcucci signed him up after he saw Avalon sitting on a street curb. He became a teen idol, and went on to fame starring in beach movies with Annette Funicello. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3
  • "I still remember it so vividly," Avalon told the Toronto Star in 2013. "I'll never forget it. The minute I heard the song, I fell in love with it and we decided to go to New York right away to record it. I sat in the back seat of the car with Bob, rehearsing the arrangement he had done on the guitar. We walked into Bell Sound in New York. We had a 7 PM recording date. It was all one track then, the band was there with you and they played and you sang and that was it, buddy. No mixing and fixing like today."

    "Back then, they pressed the acetate recording right away. I waited for it to be done until 4:00 AM. I took it back to Philly with me like it was gold. I had a little victrola and I played it over and over again. I just knew it was going to be a smash."
  • This was used in the 1990 movie Born on the Fourth of July, starring Tom Cruise, and the 2016 thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, starring John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It was also featured in two episodes of the TV show Dexter in 2009: "Lost Boys" and "The Getaway."
  • Avalon performed this on the Sonny and Cher Show in 1976.

Comments: 21

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1976 {March 6th}* Frankie Avalon performed his disco version of "Venus" on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time disco "Venus" was at position #46 on Billboard's Top 100 chart and that was also it's peak position on the Top 100, it spent a total of eleven weeks on the Top 100...
    Exactly seventeen years earlier on March 6th, 1959 his original version of "Venus" was at #7 on the Top 100 chart, the following week it peaked at #1 {for 5 weeks}, and it stayed on the chart for seventeen weeks...
    Between 1958 and 1976 the Philadelphia native had twenty-five Top 100 records, seven made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, the above original "Venus" and "Why?" for 1 week, also in 1959...
    Mr. Avalon, born Francis Thomas Avallone, will celebrate his 80th birthday in six months on September 18th, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the Top 10 on March 6th, 1976:
    At #1. "Love Machine" by The Miracles
    #2. "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen
    #3. "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by The Four Seasons
    #4. "Theme from 'S.W.A.T.'” by Rhythm Heritage
    #5. "Take It To The Limit" by The Eagles
    #6. "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright
    #7. "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" by The Captain and Tennille
    #8. "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
    #9. "Love Hurts" by Nazareth
    #10. "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 18, 1957, Frankie Avalon performed "Teacher's Pet" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    "Teacher's Pet" did not make Billboard's Top 100 chart, but exactly four months later on January 18th, 1958 his first charted record, "Dede Dinah", was at #35 on the Top 100, three weeks later it would peak at #7 {for 1 week} and it spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the day of this appearance on "Bandstand', Frankie was celebrating his 17th birthday, he was born on Sept. 18th, 1940...
    Between 1958 and 1976 he had twenty-five Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Venus" for 5 weeks in 1959 and "Why"* for 1 week, late in 1959...
    His 25th and last Top 100 record was a disco version of "Venus", it peak at #46 on the Top 100 and on March 14th, 1976, it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    * His record "Why" has the distinction of being the last #1 record of the 1950s, it was in the top spot on December 31st, 1959...
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaRick, Shocking Blues song was same title but different song. I can still remember where I was when I heard this song for the first time - our grammar school class was on a field trip and the bus driver let us play the radio.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 2 1965, Frankie Avalon guest-starred as Pvt. Eddie Cain on the 'Brother, Brother' episode of the ABC-TV military drama series 'Combat!'...
    The 60-minute weekly series ran for five seasons with a total of 152 episodes...
    At the time Frankie didn't have a record on the Top 100; in fact his last charted record was in 1962 when "A Miracle" peaked at #75...
    Just under eleven years after his 'Combat!' appearance he would make the Top 100 with his 25th and last charted record, a disco version of his 1959 #1 hit "Venus" entered the Top 100 on January 18th, 1976; it would reach #46 and spent 11 weeks on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 19th 1963, Frankie Avalon married Kathryn 'Kay' Deibel; and they have eight children...
    And exactly thirteen years later on January 19th, 1976 his disco version of "Venus" was in its first week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; just under six weeks later on February 29th it would peak at #48 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 11 weeks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 4th 1959, Dick Clark's 'Caravan of the Stars of 1959' appeared at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit...
    One of the acts to appear was Frankie Avalon; at the time his "Just Ask Your Heart" was in its first week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #65, a little over seven weeks later on October 26th it would peak at #7 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 16 weeks...
    The record's B-side, "Two Fools", also made the Top 100, it reached #54 and spent 5 weeks on the chart...
    The year 1959 was a good one for Frankie; he had six songs make the Top 100, five made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Venus" for 5 weeks and "Why" peaked at #1 on the last week of the year.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 4th 1959, Frankie Avalon, along with Fabian & Jimmy Clanton, became headliners on the Winter Dance Party tour, they were replacements for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & the Big Bopper {who had died in a plane crash the day before}...
    At the time Frankie's "I'll Wait for You" was at #61 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, it had peaked at #15 on December 18th, 1958...
    Fabian's "I'm A Man" was at #38 on the Top 100 chart on Feb. 4th, 1959...
    * Frankie's next release would be "Venus".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 28th 1959, Frankie Avalon performed "A Boy Without A Girl" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    One month earlier on May 18th,1959 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #63; and on July 13th, 1959 it peaked at #10 (for 1 week) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    During the week it was at #10, the record's flip-side, "Bobby Sox to Stockings", was at #12 on the Top 100...
    This record succeeded his #1 hit, "Venus", which was #1 for 5 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1959, Frankie Avalon performed "Venus" on the ABC-TV program 'The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom'...
    Three days earlier on March 3rd it peaked at #1 (for 5 weeks) on Billboard's Hot 100 chart; it had entered the chart on February 3rd and spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100...
    It reached #10 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Nine years later in 1968 Johnny Mathis covered it; his version reached #111 on 'Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100' chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 18th 1976, "Venus", the disco version, by Frankie Avalon entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #46 and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on March 14th, 1976 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    It was Frankie's 25th and last record to make the Top 100...
    Mr. Avalon, born Francis Thomas Avallone, celebrated his 73rd birthday four months ago on September 18th (2013).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyA group by the name 'The Four Dates' sang back-up on most of Frankie Avalon's records, and also for Fabian. They charted once with a release of their own, "I'm Happy", which peaked at #87 in 1958...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny1959; a great year for Frankie Avalon, two #1 records as stated above and according to Billboard a two-sided Top Ten hit. "Bobby Sox to Stockings" peaked at #8 while the flip-side "A Boy Without A Girl" reached #10!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFrankie Avalon had the last number one record of the 1950s. His song "Why" was No. 1 on December 31st, 1959...
  • Garry from Anchorage, Ak"Cupid" was recorded by Avalon before it was recorded by Sam Cooke.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnVenus was one of the greatest love songs of the early rock and roll era. He sang it on a Happy Days episode.
  • Carly from Miami, FlIt was Fabian, not Frankie, who was discovered sitting on the curb in front of his house. Frankie had already appeared on TV as a trumpet player and was in a band, Rocco and the Saints, with Bobby Rydell. He also knew Marcucci's partner, Peter DeAngelis.
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaI believe Frankie remade this song (in the 70's?) to make in more contemporary. The original is better. BTW, I find the fact that he held his nose to get that nasal sound and had several hits hilarious!!
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnFrankie Avalon will always be, to me anyway, Frenchy's guardian angel in "Grease."
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesDutch group The Shocking Blue took a different "Venus" to #1 in early 1970.
  • Keith from Slc, UtJohnny Mathis also made a hit of his cover of this song, given heavy airplay by stations who wanted an alternative to Avalon's bubblegum style.
  • Brandon from Seattle, WaThis not was the only and last song by a music artist to pray to a god/goddess for human help. The other is Sam Cooke's "Cupid", in which he prays to the god to make a girl who he likes but does not like in return to make him love him.
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