16 year old Fabian 1959

Turn Me Loose
#9 in 1959

Fabiano Anthony Forte, who performed as Fabian, was born February 6, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fabian was discovered in 1957 by Bob Marcucci and Peter DeAngelis, owners of Chancellor Records. At the time, record producers were looking to the South Philadelphia neighborhoods in search of teenage talents with good looks, and Frankie Avalon, also of South Philly, suggested Fabian as a possibility. Fabian was sitting on the front steps of his house crying because he had just seen his father taken away in an ambulance. He was spotted and, due to his good looks, Marcucci and DeAngelis asked him if he wanted to get into the record business. With songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Fabian released a series of hit singles for Chancellor Records including "I'm a Man", "Hound Dog Man", "Turn Me Loose" and his biggest hit, "Tiger". His career in music basically ended with the payola scandal of the 1960s, when it was revealed that his records were doctored significantly to improve his voice. Recently he has been appearing with Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell to perform concerts as The Golden Boys.
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