Venus (Frankie Avalon song)

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"Venus"
Single by Frankie Avalon
B-side "I'm Broke"
Released 1959
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Pop
Length 2:20
Label Chancellor
Writer(s) Ed Marshall
Peter DeAngelis
Frankie Avalon singles chronology
"What Little Girl"/"I'll Wait for You"
(1958)
"Venus"
(1959)
"Bobby Sox to Stockings"/"A Boy Without a Girl"
(1959)

"Venus" is a song written by Ed Marshall and Peter DeAngelis. The most successful and best-known recording of the track was done by Frankie Avalon and released in 1959 (see 1959 in music).

Background[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] Avalon was quoted describing the remake: "It was all right, but I still prefer the original."[3]

Cover versions[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 25. 
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)

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