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DICK CLARK, FRANKIE AVALON and ANNETTE FUNICELLO Color image of a somewhat older trio, posed together and smiling. Photograph signed: "Frankie Avalon", "Annette", "Dick/Clark". Color, 9½x8.

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Condition: fine condition
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Color image of a somewhat older trio, posed together and smiling.
Photograph signed: "Frankie Avalon", "Annette", "Dick/Clark". Color, 9½x8. DICK CLARK (1929-2012) began his career in broadcasting as a radio disc jockey on WFIL in 1952, then took over the local Bandstand program (1956-1957), which went on national TV as American Bandstand in 1957. Clark hosted the show for 30 years (1957-1987), and, especially in the early years, exerted a great influence on the styles and musical tastes of young Americans. At the same time, Clark's strict dress code and preference for milder music helped rock music gain acceptance by parents. Clark has also hosted a number of TV specials, including his annual Rockin' New Year's Eve shows (which he missed for the first time in 32 years after he suffered a minor stroke in late 2004) and game shows, and has produced a long list of TV programs and specials. He has also promoted the American Music Awards as an alternative to the Grammys. Unlike some of the heavily marketed "teen idols" who ruled youth-oriented American radio between Elvis and The Beatles, FRANKIE AVALON (b. 1939) had a real music background. His popularity peaked in 1959, when he had #1 hits with "Venus" and "Why". While he made several action movies, beginning with Guns of the Timberland (1960), Avalon is best remembered for his Beach Party movies. He still tours in "golden boy" revivals with Bobby Rydell and Fabian. The "sweetheart" of TV's The Mickey Mouse Club, American entertainer ANNETTE FUNICELLO (1942-2013) began performing at age ten. The Disney people, who sensed that Funicello had star quality, built several musical numbers around her. Funicello began appearing in the Beach Party series while still under contract to Disney, and she agreed to the Disney request that she wear a one-piece swimsuit rather than a bikini in the films to protect her image. Funicello, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987, the year of her last Beach Party film, last appeared as herself in the 1995 biopic, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story. Avalon and Funicello appeared together in ten Beach Party movies (1963-1968), and reunited in 1987 for Back to the Beach, which they co-financed. Corners slightly worn. Printing defect on middle of photograph. Otherwise, fine condition.

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