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On this day in music history: March 9, 1959 - "Venus" by Frankie Avalon hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also peaking at #10 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Ed Marshall, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia singer and actor born Francis Thomas Avallone. Frankie will first become involved with music at the age of 11 when his father buys him a trumpet from a pawn shop after seeing actor Kirk Douglas in the film Young Man With A Horn. The young Avallone will quickly master the instrument and begins playing professionally while still in his teens, even signing a recording contract to RCA subsidiary X Records in 1954 as a member of the band Rocco & The Saints. In 1957, Avallone's neighbor Bob Marcucci will start his own label Chancellor Records and sign Avallone. Angelicizing his name to Frankie Avalon, he will record two singles for Chancellor that will flop. For his third single, Marcucci and songwriter/co-producer Peter DeAngelis will write "Dede Dinah," having Avalon sing it in a nasally voice. It will quickly become a hit peaking at #7 in February of 1958, after he performs the song on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. For his sixth single, Avalon will record a song brought to him by songwriter Ed Marshall. Sure that it is a hit, the singer will call Marcucci over quickly to hear it. Three days later, they will record "Venus" at Beltone Studios in New York City in only nine takes. Released in late January of 1959, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on February 9, 1959, it will rocket to the top of the chart four weeks later. "Venus" will establish Frankie Avalon as one of the preeminent "teen idols" of the era, which will lead to a successful career in movies when he is paired with former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello during the '60s. Avalon's label boss Bob Marcucci's life story and the success he has with artists like Frankie Avalon and labelmate Fabian will become the basis of the 1980 film The Idolmaker. "Venus" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.