16 Original Hits

Frankie Avalon

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16 Original Hits Review

by William Ruhlmann

The selection on this Italian compilation is identical to Trip Records' 1977 16 Greatest Hits US reissue compilation of Frankie Avalon's hits, circa 1958-1962. Despite the inexpensive packaging, the album is pretty much what it says it is, containing 16 of Avalon's chart hits. And with one exception, they are the 16 biggest ones, including the chart toppers "Venus" and "Why." The only quibble is that "You Excite Me," which is not included, was a bigger hit than "The Puppet Song," which is. But neither were among Avalon's Top 40 successes, all of which are here.