Frankie Lymon

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Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968 ) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group The Teenagers.wikipedia
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The Teenagers

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Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968 ) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group The Teenagers.
The group, which made its most popular recordings with young Frankie Lymon as lead singer, is also noted for being rock's first all-teenaged act.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (film)

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His life was dramatized in the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall In Love.
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is a biographical film of R&B/Rock and roll singer Frankie Lymon, lead singer of the pioneering rock and roll group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers for one year.

Herman Santiago

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The original lineup of the Teenagers, an integrated group, included three African-American members, Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Merchant, and Sherman Garnes; and two Puerto Rican members, Joe Negroni and Herman Santiago.
In 1954, 12-year-old Frankie Lymon, who sang with his brothers Lewis and Howie, was working in a grocery store as a bag boy.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (song)

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The Teenagers' first single, 1956's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," was also its biggest hit.
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a song that was originally a hit for early New York City-based rock and roll group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, in January 1956.

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Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968 ) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group The Teenagers.

Rhythm and blues

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Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968 ) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group The Teenagers.
In 1956, an R&B "Top Stars of '56" tour took place, with headliners Al Hibbler, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, and Carl Perkins, whose "Blue Suede Shoes" was very popular with R&B music buyers.

Goody Goody

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"Goody Goody" (written by Matty Malneck and Johnny Mercer and originally performed by Benny Goodman) was a No.
Frankie Lymon performed it live on television on several occasions, including twice in 1957 on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Doo-wop

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At 12 in 1954, Lymon heard a local doo-wop group known as the Coupe De Villes at a school talent show.
Puerto Rican Herman Santiago, originally slated to be the lead singer of the Teenagers, wrote the lyrics and the music for a song to be called "Why Do Birds Sing So Gay?", but whether because he was ill or because producer George Goldner thought that newcomer Frankie Lymon's voice would be better in the lead, Santiago's original version was not recorded, because to suit his tenor voice Lymon made a few alterations to the melody, and so the Teenagers recorded the song known as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?".

The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon

An album, "The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon", was released in December 1956.

Roulette Records

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Beginning with his second solo release, "My Girl", Lymon had moved to Roulette Records.

Sherman Garnes

The original lineup of the Teenagers, an integrated group, included three African-American members, Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Merchant, and Sherman Garnes; and two Puerto Rican members, Joe Negroni and Herman Santiago.
They formed a group, The Earth Angels, and in 1954, joined Herman Santiago and Joe Negroni to form The Coupe De Villes, which later, with the addition of Frankie Lymon, became The Teenagers who had a hit song with Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

Alan Freed

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On a July 19, 1957 episode of Alan Freed's live ABC TV show The Big Beat, Lymon began dancing with a white teenage girl while he was performing.
During the second episode, black singer Frankie Lymon had been shown dancing with a white girl from the studio audience: the incident caused an uproar among ABC's local affiliates in the South and "would allegedly lead to the show's cancellation".

Zola Taylor

After the marriage failed, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, where he began a romantic relationship with Zola Taylor, a member of the Platters.
Taylor was the second of Frankie Lymon's three wives.

Little Bitty Pretty One

His highest-charting solo hit was a cover of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One", which peaked at No.

Hollywood A Go-Go

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His final television performance was on Hollywood A Go-Go in 1965, where the then-22- or 23-year-old singer lip-synched to the recording of his 13-year-old self singing "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."
In its brief run (52 episodes), the show featured well-known acts like Ike & Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Dee Dee Sharp, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr, The Ronettes, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, Peter and Gordon, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Challengers, The Impressions, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Rick Nelson, Lesley Gore, Fontella Bass, Wilson Pickett, James Darren, Tommy Roe, Booker T & The MGs, Bo Diddley, Freddy Cannon, Sonny & Cher, Jackie DeShannon, Ray Peterson, Sam the Sham, The Byrds, The Toys, The Turtles, The Bobby Fuller Four, The Knickerbockers, We Five, The Vogues, The Kingsmen, The Fugitives, Bob Lind, Roy Head, and Aretha Franklin.

The Jackson 5

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The performers most inspired by and derivative of Lymon and the Teenagers' style are The Jackson 5 and their lead singer and future superstar Michael Jackson.
They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

Richie Barrett

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The Premiers, now calling themselves The Teenagers, got their first shot at fame after impressing Richard Barrett, a singer with The Valentines.
In 1998, Ben Vereen portrayed Barrett in the film bio about Frankie Lymon called Why Do Fools Fall In Love.

The Longest Time

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Lymon's high-voiced sound is said to be a direct predecessor of the girl group sound, and the list of performers who name him as an influence include Michael Jackson, Ronnie Spector, Diana Ross, The Chantels, The Temptations, George Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Len Barry, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel, among others.
Following the theme of the album in paying tribute to Joel's musical influences, the song is presented in the style of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

The Big Beat (TV program)

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On a July 19, 1957 episode of Alan Freed's live ABC TV show The Big Beat, Lymon began dancing with a white teenage girl while he was performing.
The show was cancelled in 1957 when it showed Frankie Lymon, a black teen star, dancing with a white woman.

Vivica A. Fox

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The film stars Larenz Tate as Frankie Lymon, Halle Berry as Zola Taylor, Vivica A. Fox as Elizabeth Waters and Lela Rochon as Elmira Eagle.
In 1998, Fox starred alongside Halle Berry, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate in the romantic drama film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, playing one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon.

Halle Berry

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The film stars Larenz Tate as Frankie Lymon, Halle Berry as Zola Taylor, Vivica A. Fox as Elizabeth Waters and Lela Rochon as Elmira Eagle.
The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

Saint Raymond's Cemetery (Bronx)

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Lymon, a Baptist, was buried at Catholic Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, New York City, New York.

You Know They Got a Hell of a Band

Lymon was mentioned in the 1992 Stephen King short story "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band".
She tells them that her name is Sissy, and reveals that one of her fingers was cut off by Frankie Lymon as punishment for assisting the pair.

20th Century Fox Records

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Over the next four years, Lymon struggled through short-lived deals with 20th Century Fox Records and Columbia Records.

Vocal Group Hall of Fame

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Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.