1943 – Teen idol Fabian (Fabiano Forte) is born in…


1943 – Fabian (Fabiano Forte), an American teen idol, is born in Philadelphia This Day In Rock. He only releases two albums, both in 1959. In the same year with “Hound Dog Man” he begins his acting career.

After performing several times on American Bandstand he rose to national prominence with Eleven of his songs reaching the Billboard Hot 100 listing.

During his singing career 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”, a #9 hit in the U.S., “Turn Me Loose” (U.S. #9), and his biggest hit, “Tiger”, which reached number 3 in the U.S. charts. Other singles include “String Along”, “About This Thing Called Love” and “This Friendly World”, reaching #12 on the U.S. charts.

Fabian testified before Congress, during the payola scandal of the 1960s, that his recordings had been doctored electronically to significantly improve his voice.

Fabian bought out of his contract with Marcucci after signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. At this point his career in music basically ended.

His film career contracted to 20th Century Fox began with Don Siegel’s Hound-Dog Man.
Fabian was also screen tested in the same outfit that Elvis Presley wore in Love Me Tender.

Accredited to being in more than 30 films, including Five Weeks in a Balloon, High Time, North to Alaska, Ten Little Indians (1965), The Longest Day and Ride the Wild Surf (1964) (with Tab Hunter) and Peter Brown. Most of his early films were comedies, where he was cast as a restless teenager with a penchant for singing. His film and singing career began to fade After 1965, along with his popularity as a teen idol. Fabian made several films for American International Pictures, including portraying Pretty Boy Floyd in A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970). He also played the character Josh Ashley in Little Laura and Big John (1973) for Crown International Pictures.

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