SYRACUSE, KAN. (AP) - Pop star of the 60s and 70s, Frankie Valens, has a new gig _ as a preacher at a small church in western Kansas.
The Garden City Telegram reports ( http://bit.ly/Wm4Q7y) that the singer, who had hits with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” became the pastor of First Christian Church in Syracuse about a month ago.
After his recording career ended, Valens and his wife, Phyllis, toured the country performing gospel songs and skits at various functions.
The 70-year-old Valens says he’s never preached from a pulpit but that he says he’s been testifying about his faith for years, so he is ready for the new challenge.
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