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Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers


b. 30 Sept 1942, Washington Heights, NY, USA, d. 28 Feb 1968, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Frequently billed because the ‘guy question’, Lymon initial got into the music business after teaming up with an area all-vocal quartet, the Premiers. The second option comprised Jimmy Vendor (b. 10 Feb 1940, NY, USA), Sherman Garnes (b. 8 June 1940, NY, USA, d. 26 Feb 1977), Herman Santiago (b. 18 Feb 1941, NY, USA) and Joe Negroni (b. 9 Sept 1940, NY, USA, d. 5 Sept 1978). Lymon became a member of them in 1954 and quickly afterwards these were authorized to the Gee label because the Teens. Their debut, the startling ‘Why Perform Fools Fall In Appreciate?’, was issued in 1 January 1956 and shortly climbed in to the US Top 10, alongside the first recordings of Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. The melody went on to achieve #1 1 in the united kingdom and marketed two million copies. Lymon shortly left school as well as the group toured thoroughly. Because of their second one, ‘I Want YOU TO DEFINITELY Be My Gal’, the 13-year-old guy wonder was presented with superior billing towards the group. Making use of their usage of high tenor, deep bass and soprano, and teen-orientated lyrics, the Teens boasted perhaps one of the most distinct noises in 50s pop. After registering graph entries in america with ‘I Guarantee To Keep in mind’ and ‘The ABCs Of Like’, they discovered better acclaim in Britain. The soaring ‘I’m NOT REALLY A Juvenile Delinquent’ (in the movie Rock Rock and roll Rock) hit the united kingdom Best 12 and Lymon was afforded the honour of showing up on the London Palladium. Therefore solid was his charm at this time that the solitary’s b-side, ‘Baby Baby’, received distinct advertising and outshone the a-side by climbing to #4 4. During his celebrated UK tour, Lymon documented like a soloist with maker Norrie Paramor as well as the ensuing ‘Goody Goody’ reached the very best 30 on both edges from the Atlantic. By the summertime of 1957, he previously split through the Teens, and thereafter, his profession leads plummeted. He liked the excesses of stardom, smoking cigarettes cigars, drinking seriously and experiencing underage sex with ladies old enough to become his mom. Despite recording a solid recording, his novelty charm waned when his tone of voice broke. By 1961, the teen was a heroin addict and moved into Manhattan General Medical center on a medication rehabilitation program. Although he attempted to reconstruct his profession by using Dizzy Gillespie and also took dance lessons and examined being a jazz drummer, his medication habit endured. In 1964, he was convicted of having narcotics and his budget were in chaos. His private lifestyle was similarly chaotic and was punctuated by three relationships. In Feb 1968, he was uncovered dead on the toilet flooring of his grandmother’s NY apartment using a syringe by his aspect. The Teen who never was raised was dead on the tragically early age of 25. His previous group continuing to record sporadically and in the 80s, making it through associates Santiago and Product owner formed a fresh Teens and Pearl McKinnon got Lymon’s part. These were inducted in to the STONE Hall Of Popularity in 1993.

Quick Facts

Full Name The Teenagers
Date Of Birth September 30, 1942
Died February 27, 1968, Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Emira Eagle, Zola Taylor
Siblings Lewis Lymon, Timmy Lymon, Howie Lymon
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Goody Goody, Little Bitty Pretty One, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent, It's Christmas Once Again, The ABC's of Love, Tears On My Pillow, Creation Of Love, Teenage Love, Thumb Thumb, So Goes My Love, I'm Not A Know It All, The Only Way To Love, It Hurts To Be In Love, Let's Fall in Love, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, Short Fat Fannie, Mama Don't Allow It, Miracle in the Rain, Paper Castles, Baby, Baby, I Put The Bomp, Love Put Me Out Of My Head, Out in the Cold Again, Am I Fooling Myself Again?, Everything to Me, Goody Good Girl, I'm so Happy, Portable On My Shoulder, Send For Me, Searchin', I Promise To Remember
Albums The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon, Teenagers, I Can Hear Them Play / Stay, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Love Is the Thing, Vol. 1, Keep On Walking, Girl On A Swing / I Never Found You, The Tricolore 7" Collection, E la Pioggia Che Va, It's Alright!, Quando o Sol Chegar, Frankie's Greatest Hits, I Love Music - Only Original Recondings, Remember 1977 - EP, Not Too Young, The Best of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, The Very Best of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, 25 Greatest Hits, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: The Complete Recordings, Essential Recordings 1955-1961, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Love Is the Thing, Vol. 2, I Want You to Be My Girl, The Teenagers, Vol. 4 (Mono Version), Paper Castles (Mono Version) [feat. Frankie Lymon], The Midnighters Meet the Teenagers Doo Wop, I Promise to Remember, White Cross Collection, The Anthologies: Dance Girl (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Collection), Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Blue Moon, Vol. 2, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Blue Moon, Vol. 3, Remember 1976 - EP, The Collection - Featuring Frankie Lymon, The Abc's of Love, I'm Not a Juvenile Delingquent, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Love Is the Thing, Vol. 3, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Blue Moon, Vol. 1
Movies Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox, Shadows and Light

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1 Frankie Lymon left at the time of their tour at the London Palladium.
2 Were originally called The Premiers, with the same members, minus Frankie Lymon.
3 Members have included Frankie Lymon, Joe Negroni, Herman Santiago, Sherman Garnes, Jimmy Merchant, Timothy Wilson, Billy Lobrano, Howard Kenny Bobo, Johnny Houston, Pearl McKinnon, Lewis Lymon, Jimmy Castor, Dickie Harmon, Bobby Jay.



WPC 56 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree 2012 Documentary performer: "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"
Call the Midwife 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "I'm NOT A JUVENILE DELINQUENT" - uncredited / performer: "WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE" - as Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
The Wire 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boys of 2nd Street Park 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "I Promise to Remember"
Door to Door 2002 TV Movie performer: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"
October Sky 1999 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "Baby Baby", "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent", "Goody Goody", "Out In the Cold Again", "ABC's of Love"
'Til There Was You 1997 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
The Lotus Eaters 1993 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
This Boy's Life 1993 performer: "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"
Havana 1990/I performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - as Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Book of Love 1990 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary performer: "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"
The Hollywood Knights 1980 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - as Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
WKRP in Cincinnati 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pink Flamingos 1972 performer: "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent"
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "I Want You to Be My Girl"
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 performer: "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent", "Baby, Baby"



Jack Hylton Presents 1956 TV Series



My Music: Doo Wop Discoveries 2012 TV Movie Themselves
My Music: Doo Wop Love Songs 2007 TV Movie Themselves (as Frankie Lymon's Teenagers)
Joey 1986 Themselves (as The Teenagers)
Mister Rock and Roll 1957 Themselves
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1957 TV Series Themselves
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Themselves
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 Themselves

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Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Themselves
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary Themselves

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