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Frankie Avalon teams up with Fabian for the Rivers Casino show

Two legendary ’50s and ’60s crooners, Frankie Avalon and Fabian, will appear together as “Dick Fox’s Golden Boys” on August 27 at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on the North Shore.

Both were teen idols, as they were remembered in their heyday. Avalon had a string of hits, including “Venus” and “Why” in 1959, both of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fabian had his own string of hits, including “Turn Me Loose”, “Tiger” and “I am a man.”

“Fabian’s silky smooth vocals and Frankie Avalon’s wonderful ballads will have guests swooning for these legendary performers,” said Shannon Redmond, Vice President of Marketing at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “The Event Center is the perfect place to listen to their all-time classic hits.”

Both men are natives of Philadelphia. Fabian, whose real name is Fabiano Anthony Forte, is 79 years old.

When most people think of 81-year-old Avalon, they probably imagine him dancing with his longtime movie mate Annette Funicello in a string of upbeat “Beach Party” movies.

But long before that, at the age of 12, Avalon – real name Francis Thomas Avallone – made his debut on a 1952 episode of The Jackie Gleason Show in which he sang and played trumpet. And he could act.

Before the “Beach Party” films took him less seriously as an actor, Avalon starred as “Smitty” in “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne, who also directed the film.

“We don’t cut any scenes in which Frankie appears,” Wayne said after filming the film. “I believe he is the best young talent I have seen in a long time.”

But music seems to have been Avalon’s first love, and he and Fabian are now into their eighth decade of performing. In addition to singing their own hits, the two pop icons will perform together on several songs and pay tribute to Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson and Bill Haley.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $29. They can be purchased inside the Rivers Casino or at www.RiversCasino.com/Pittsburgh.

Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or pguggenheimer@triblive.com.