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Vintage Video: Two Takes on "Why" by Frankie Avalon, The #1 Record 58 Years Ago Today

by VVN Music

58 years ago today, on December 28, 1959, Frankie Avalon topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Why".

Avalon's sixth top ten hit, the song was written by Peter De Angelis and Bob Marcucci, a team that also produced such hits as Avalon's "De De Dinah" and Jodie Sands' "With All My Heart" while Marcucci co-wrote Perez Prado's "Patricia" with Prado under the name Bob Marcus.  It was Marcucci's career that was used as the basis for the film The Idolmaker.

"Why" went on to become a hit in two other versions, topping the British charts by Anthony Newley in 1960 and hit number 13 in 1972 by Donny Osmond.

Here are two versions of the song, one from Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beach-Nut Show of November 28, 1959 and the second from a 70's edition of The Midnight Special which shows a great maturing in Avalon's voice.

The top five songs on December 28, 1959:

  1. Why - Frankie Avalon
  2. El Paso - Marty Robbins
  3. The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
  4. It's Time to Cry - Paul Anka
  5. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddie Cannon


Anonymous said…
Marcucci and DeAngeles did NOT write Perez Prado's “Patricia”.
VVN Network said…
You are half right and we have corrected the article. Patricia was written by Perez Prado and Bob Marcus, which was a pen name for Bob Marcucci.