Venus (Frankie Avalon song)
|Single by Frankie Avalon|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Frankie Avalon singles chronology|
Venus became Avalon's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent five weeks atop the survey. The song also reached number ten on the R&B chart. The song's lyrics detail a man's plea to Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, to send him a girl to love and one who will love him as well. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1959.
The song was covered in the United Kingdom by Dickie Valentine who spent a week at number 20 in the Singles Chart in May 1959, the week before Frankie Avalon reached the Top 20 with his original version.
In 1976, Avalon released a new disco version of "Venus". This helped revive the singer's career, as his success had been waning prior to its release and was Avalon's last Hot 100 hit. The re-recording of "Venus" peaking at number forty-six and at number one on the Easy Listening chart. Avalon was quoted describing the remake: "It was all right, but I still prefer the original."
- Brad Pitt and Edward Norton recorded a cover version on the set of the 1999 movie Fight Club.
- Johnny Mathis released a cover version of the song in 1968, where it "bubbled under" the Hot 100 chart at #111.
- Barry Manilow also covered the song in 2006 on his album The Greatest Songs of the Fifties.
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1959 (U.S.)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1976 (U.S.)