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Billboard #1 Hits: #23: “Why”- Frankie Avalon. December 28, 1959. December 28, 1959- 1 week. Chancellor Records. Written by Peter DeAngelis and Bob Marcucci. Genre: Pop. Time: 2:30. B-Side:”Swingin’ On A Rainbow.” Grade: D

The final #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1950’s and it entered the 1960’s as the #1 song- although not the first new #1 of the 1960’s- that honor would go to the far superior “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. It was written by Avalon’s manager and record producer. It was Avalon’s second and final #1 hit- the first coming earlier in the year with “Venus. Norwegian Death Metal God- Donny Osmond would cover this and take it to #13 in 1973.

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