In 1959, Frankie Avalon recorded ‘Venus’, which went on to be a major hit across the globe. The song reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100, and Belgium charts and #10 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart. It also made it to #16 on the UK Singles Chart.
During his early career, Avalon was spotted by Bob Marcucci, the president of Chancellor Records, while he was sitting on a street curb. He became a teen idol and went on to appear in beach movies alongside Annette Funicello. Interestingly, Al Martino was offered the song before Avalon, but he turned it down. This song, which is about a man who prays to the goddess Venus to send him a woman who is essentially her human equivalent, is based on the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.
Though released in the late ’50s, the song has remained popular over the decades, and it has been featured in several movies and TV shows. It was used in the 1990 movie ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ starring Tom Cruise, and the 2016 thriller ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ with John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The song also appeared in two episodes of the TV show ‘Dexter’ in 2009: “Lost Boys” and “The Getaway.”
What makes ‘Venus’ a timeless classic is the way it evokes feelings of nostalgia and fondness among listeners. As evidenced by the upvoted YouTube comments, the song still resonates with many people, even after all these years. The song’s popularity endures because of the emotions it evokes and its catchy tune that is almost impossible not to sing along to.
Several commenters have shared their personal experiences of the song, revealing its significance in their lives. One commenter, Judy Pasqualone, admitted to tearing up whenever she sees Avalon sing his old songs. Another commenter, Calvin Jackson, said he would remember Avalon just like he is in the song as long as he lives. Other commenters reminisced about hearing the song on the radio and seeing Avalon perform it on American Bandstand.
‘Venus’ remains a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by many. Its lasting popularity is a testament to the emotional resonance of its lyrics and melody, which have struck a chord with listeners across generations. We recommend watching the video of Avalon performing this iconic song because it will transport you back to a simpler time and is a pure joy to watch. Share it with friends and family because great music is meant to be shared.