Video: Frankie Avalon on Idol. Related news, Frankie Avalon still alive

Actor and American singing legend Frankie Avalon made a guest appearance on American Idol Wednesday night to sing his 1959 hit Venus.

The tie-in came with “the year of your birth.” Simon Cowell was born in 1959, and the segment started with video of Avalon from the era, before he appeared on stage, to a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

Few in the audience knew who he was, but for those who did, they were simply surprised that he was still alive. Ironically perhaps, the 1980 movie that was loosely based on his life story was called “Idolmaker.”

Here’s the video of the legendary Frankie Avalon on American Idol: