Former pop star Frankie Valens becomes pastor of small church in US

The Associated Press
December 18, 2012

SYRACUSE, Kan. - Pop star of the 1960s and 70s Frankie Valens has a new gig — as a preacher at a small church in the U.S.

The Garden City Telegram reports 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 Kansas about a month ago.

Valens' father led the same church in 1978 and 1979.

The 70-year-old Valens says he's never preached from a pulpit but says he's been testifying about his faith for years.