Former Pop Star Frankie Valens Is New Church Pastor In Kansas

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

SYRACUSE, Kan. (AP) _ Former pop star Frankie Valens has a new gig in western Kansas.

Valens was popular in the 1960s and `70s for hits such as ``Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'' and ``The Lion Sleeps Tonight.''

After his career ended, he and his wife, Phyllis, toured the country performing gospel songs and skits at various functions.

The Garden City Telegram reports the couple lived in Clearwater for several years. About a month ago, they moved to Syracuse, where he became pastor of First Christian Church. Valens' father pastored the same church in 1978 and 1979.

The 70-year-old Valens says he's never preached from a pulpit before. But he says he's been testifying about his faith across the country for years, so he is ready for the new challenge.

Information from: The Garden City (Kan.) Telegram,

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