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Frankie Lymon

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Frankie Lymon (1942-1968) as well as the Teens were a fresh York doo wop group comprising Joe Negroni, Herman Santiago, Jimmy Vendor, and Sherman Garnes, but centered round the extraordinary skills of their business lead vocalist, 13-year-old Frankie Lymon. Lymon was acknowledged with their 1st big strike, “Why Perform Fools Fall in Like” (in the first ’90s, a federal government judge ruled following a extended trial that Lymon hadn’t created “Why Perform Fools Fall in Like” — another person in the Teens experienced). His wise-beyond-his-years vocal and carrying out abilities not merely produced the Teens a group many notches above your competition but produced Lymon the very first dark teenage pop celebrity. Though only collectively for a short 18-month period, Lymon & the Teens exerted a massive influence, spawning many “child” vocal organizations and providing preliminary motivation to Berry Gordy to model his whole Motown production strategy around Lymon’s initial vocal design. Inexplicably, the group put into two factions in the height of the achievement, and neither experienced a hit once again. Lymon passed away from a medication overdose at age group 26. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Len Barry, and his primary protégé, Michael Jackson (whose early recordings using the Jackson 5 are digital re-creations of the first Lymon sound, simply up to date) all display the impact of Frankie Lymon & the Teens’ groundbreaking function.

Quick Facts


Full Name Frankie Lymon
Died February 27, 1968, Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Emira Eagle, Zola Taylor
Children Francine Lymon
Parents Jeanette Lymon, Howard Lymon
Siblings Lewis Lymon, Timmy Lymon, Howie Lymon
Music Groups The Teenagers
Music Songs Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Goody Goody, Little Bitty Pretty One, 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, I'm so Happy, The Only Way To Love, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent, It Hurts To Be In Love, Love Is The Thing, Baby, Baby, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, Miracle in the Rain, Mama Don't Allow It, Short Fat Fannie, Let's Fall in Love, Paper Castles, I Put The Bomp, Love Put Me Out Of My Head, Am I Fooling Myself Again?, Out in the Cold Again, Juvenile Delinquent, Goody Good Girl, Everything to Me, Portable On My Shoulder, I Promise To Remember
Albums At The London Palladium (Live), I'm Not a Juvenile Delingquent, Not Too Young To Dream - Undiscovered Rarities, Frankie's Greatest Hits, The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Love Is the Thing, Vol. 1, Over The Rainbow, The Collection 1955-1962, I'm Yours, Songs, The Diamond Collection (Original Recordings), Love Is in the Air, Vol. 1, Yours, Rock 'n' Roll, The A-Z Collection: Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Teenage Years of Frankie Lymon, I Love Music - Only Original Recondings, Goody Goody, Rock 'N Roll, Teenage Love, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Vol. 2, Teenage Heaven, Vol. 6, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Vol. 4, Classic Tracks, Precious (Original Recordings), Their Greatest Recordings, I Want You to Be My Girl, The Abc's of Love, Looking Back, Volume 2, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 1, The Singles, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Creation Of Love, Vol. 1, The Extended Play Collection - Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 2, The Teenagers, Vol. 4 (Mono Version), Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Blue Moon, Vol. 2, The Rock & Roll Originals: Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 3, Have You Heard of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 3, Who Can Explain, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Love Is the Thing, Vol. 3, Paper Castles, Vol. 3, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Vol. 2, Some Greats of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 1, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Vol. 1, Six Play: Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - EP, Have You Heard of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 6, Slow Motion, Rock & Roll With Frankie Lymon, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Vol. 3, Love Tunes, Vol. 2, Some Greats of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Vol. 2
Movies Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox, Shadows and Light
TV Shows The Big Beat


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#Fact
1 Following his untimely death, he was interred at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City.
2 Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (as a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) in 2000.
3 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 1994.
4 In January 1968, Ebony magazine ran a profile of Lymon, "Comeback of a Child Star", describing Lymon's battle with drugs and his hopes after a 33-day hospital stay for treatment. The article mentions no marriages and no wives.
5 The film Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) starring Halle Berry depicts the legal battle that his three wives fight against each other for his money after his death.
6 Is portrayed by LeRoy D. Brazile in Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999)
7 While on a guest appearance on a talk show, he was asked what his favorite style of music was, to which he replied "hot Jazz", surprising his rock 'n' roll fans everywhere.
8 Brother of The Teenchords' lead singer Louis Lymon, with whom he sang his final hit "Goody, Goody" in a special duet at the Apollo Theater.
9 He was polygamist and allegedly never filed divorce on any of his wives and remained married to three women up to his death.
10 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) in 1993.
11 He used to be in a doo-wop group called the Teenagers but they broke up in 1957.
12 Wrote "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" in 1955.
13 Started singing at age 13.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mentalist 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice UK 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Boys of 2nd Street Park 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "Little Bitty Pretty One"
Door to Door 2002 TV Movie writer: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
October Sky 1999 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
'Til There Was You 1997 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
The Lotus Eaters 1993 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" - as Frank Lymon
Havana 1990/I writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Book of Love 1990 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Midnight Caller 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That's Incredible! Reunion 1988 TV Special writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - uncredited
Fame 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea 1982 Video Game writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
The Hollywood Knights 1980 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Mama Don't Allow It"
The Big Fix 1978 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - as Frankie Lyman / writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - as Frank Joseph Lymon
Little Girls Blue 1978 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" - uncredited
American Hot Wax 1978 writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" - uncredited
American Graffiti 1973 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" / writer: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
That'll Be the Day 1973 performer: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" - uncredited / writer: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" - uncredited
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bandstand 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Mike Douglas Show 1964 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
New American Bandstand 1965 1958-1961 TV Series Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
Mister Rock and Roll 1957 Himself
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 Himself, lead singer of Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers (uncredited)
Shower of Stars 1956 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Doo Wop Discoveries 2012 TV Movie Himself
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1999 TV Series Himself
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 Himself (uncredited)
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (with the Teenagers) (uncredited)
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on February 1, 1994 at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Trademark
1 Soprano singing voice
2 Sweater with a red "T" on it (when he was with the Teenagers)


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