Avalon appeared with Annette Funicello in several beach party movies during the mid-60s. His song "Why" became the last #1 hit of the 1950s. He played the trumpet during his first television appearance at age twelve.
Al Martino (Jasper Cini) (October 7, 1927 – October 13, 2009)
Al Martino’s recording of “Here in My Heart” made history as the first number one on the UK Singles Chart, on 14 November 1952, the song remained in the top position for nine weeks in the United Kingdom, setting a record for the longest consecutive run at number one, a record which, over 50 years on, has only been beaten by five other singles.
Although Ella Mae’s follow-up recordings sold fairly well, she never obtained a huge following, but continued to make records until 1957. Morse died of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona in 1999 at age 75.
Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984)
Jackie Wilson was a Grammy Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who helped R&B transition into soul. He recorded over 50 hit singles and had six #1 R&B hits, including "You Better Know It" and "Doggin’ Around."
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Wilson dropped out of high school at age fifteen and briefly competed as an amateur boxer.
"Jailhouse Rock" was released on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley’s motion picture, Jailhouse Rock. The song is #67 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Elvis Presley – The Jailhouse Rock Sessions – April 30, 1957