Venus (Frankie Avalon song)

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"Venus"
Venus single avalon.jpg
Single by Frankie Avalon
B-side"I'm Broke"
ReleasedFebruary 1959
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenrePop
Length2:20
LabelChancellor
Songwriter(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"
Single by Frankie Avalon
Released1976
Format12"
GenrePop, Disco
Length3:34
LabelDe-Lite, Polydor
Songwriter(s)Ed Marshall
Peter DeAngelis

"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 Billboard Hot 100 hit. The re-recording of "Venus" peaking at number forty-six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] and at number one on the Easy Listening chart.[3] Avalon was quoted stating his opinion of the remake: "It was all right, but I still prefer the original."[4]

Other versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 1
UK New Musical Express[10] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides[12] 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100", Billboard, March 3, 1976. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 25.
  4. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, June 22, 1968. p. 52. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bubbling Under the Hot 100", Billboard, June 22, 1968. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Frankie Avalon – Venus" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Frankie Avalon – Venus" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ Frankie Avalon - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Frankie Avalon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Frankie Avalon Venus Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018.

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