Frankie Lymon
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Frankie Lymon
Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of a New York City-based early rock and roll group, The Teenagers. The group was composed of five boys, all in their early to mid teens.
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DJ Jerry Blavat tells colorful life story in new book - Allentown Morning Call
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He packs his car with his own records and plays them at WCAM's studio, where his hour slot turns into a four-hour marathon of Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, the Cleftones, and many other groups who most consider ancient history. The station's phone lines
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Touching tributes paid to trailblazer Olive Ann Trott - Royal Gazette
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“She brought in people like Stevie Wonder, when he was 13 or 14 years old, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and Frankie Lymon. If I could remember all of it, I still couldn't do her justice.” During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs Trott worked tirelessly to
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'Watch the Closing Doors' Captures the City so Nice They Named It Twice - PopMatters
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And the two discs here contain lots of great music by almost any definition: Duke Ellington's “Take the 'A' Train”, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, Billie Holiday's “Autumn in New York”, Cab Calloway's “Minnie the Moocher”
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A Conversation with My Mentor, Tommy West - Allie Is Wired
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I had not even met Tim--he hadn't gone to the same grammar school--but I heard this guy talking about Frankie Lymon. Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers had just done a show the previous month in Asbury Park's convention hall that had degenerated into a
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Justin Bieber ainda brilha - Bagarai
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Frankie Lymon, como se viu aqui no BAGARAI, e seu vício em heroína, o próprio “Rei do Pop” Michael Jackson que mal teve infância e foi guiado pelas mãos de ferro do pai ambicioso. E quem não se lembra do hoje esquecido Macaulay Culkin,
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Today in Music History - Aug. 7 - mysask.com (press release)
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A lower court had found that Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago were entitled to royalties for co-writing the song with lead singer Frankie Lymon, who died of a heroin overdose in 1968. In 1997, hundreds of thousands of country music fans packed New
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Farnsworth Park Concert Preview: Blue Breeze Band - Patch.com
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... President Bill Clinton, the United States Armed Services in Okinawa, Japan, and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. In addition, they have appeared as musicians in the Warner Brothers' feature film Why Do Fools Fall in Love-(the Frankie Lymon story)
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Evento da annali del rock and roll al Summer Jamboree di Senigallia - 60019.it
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Il successo di “Mr Lee” le portò in tour al fianco di grandi nomi tra cui Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, che nel 2007 ospiti in esclusiva a Senigallia hanno regalato emozioni indimenticabili al pubblico del Summer Jamboree
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Los Zafiros guitarist Galban dies - Variety
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Patterned after such American acts as the Platters and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the vocal group, which prominently featured Galban's liquid guitar work, became wildly popular in Cuba, and toured internationally. The hard-living act broke up in
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PS 29 Dedicates New Gym To School Engineer, Referee - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Student Alize McBroom recited the lyrics of the song “Share” by Frankie Lymon; and students Claire Phillips, Logan Solis, Maria Esposito and Lilly Ball sang “Love.” School Aide Ivelisse Torres recited original poetry. Kathleen Nobles, PS 29's PE
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Danny Stiles: The 'Vicar of Vintage' endures even after his passing - newjerseynewsroom.com
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I went to the New Brunswick HS auditorium one memorable snowy night for the Rock Concert that Danny organized with Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.” Over time Danny Stiles became known for playing America Popular music standards from its golden age
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Today in Music History - June 17 - mysask.com (press release)
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Their first hit was "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" in 1956, a traditional doo-wop version of the "Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers" song that reached No. 12 on the US charts. The group received three gold records for "Little Darlin'," "Silhouettes" and "The
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
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A look at 1950s crooner Frankie Lymon and his three wives. (2 hrs.) (CC) 7: 30 (43) >> The Fan Lauren Bacall. A popular star is victimized by a psychotic admirer. (2 hrs.) (101) >> My Sister's Keeper Cameron Diaz. A girl sues for emancipation from her
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Garland Jeffreys returns with new album, 'The King of In Between' - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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I remember when we first connected about music, it had a lot to do with singers like Frankie Lymon — great voices from New York. Street-corner singers.” Recently, Reed took Jeffreys to see a show by veteran jazz singer Little Jimmy Scott,
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In concert: Bobby McFerrin at Warner Theatre - Washington Post (blog)
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The next thing you knew, he was channeling a street-corner serenader from the doo-wop era, lavishing praise on the choir in a Frankie Lymon-like croon. Under the direction of McFerrin collaborator Roger Treece for this DC Jazz Festival performance,
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Tom Shea: Garland Jeffreys, an "American Marley," keeps delivering - MassLive.com
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There's talk of Jackie Robinson and Frankie Lymon, Jeffreys' heroes, and the Bobs - Dylan and Marley - the influences of and friendships with. There is mention of those with whom he's played and sung: James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Sonny Rollins, Dr. John,
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Bring on the funk - Salina Journal
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Inspired by the one of the most popular doo-wop groups of the time, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton decided to form his own doo-wop ensemble, The Parliaments. The group rehearsed after hours at the barbershop, Clinton said. In the early 1960s,
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R. Kelly to send his 'Love Letter' from the Lakefront Arena - NOLA.com
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Listeners took note, propelling “Love Letter” to gold status even as critics drew comparisons to Otis Redding, James Ingram, Frankie Lymon and Jackie Wilson and praised his “grown man emoting.” Kelly brings his “Love Letter” tour to the UNO Lakefront
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The Big Beat - The Portland Mercury
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But aside from Wanda Jackson, Frankie Lymon (who may have actually been a 13-year-old boy), and a few other mentionables, strong women were sparse in the dawning of rock and roll. Could soothsayer Freed have predicted the female forces to come;
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Lymon
    TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 25
    On February 27, 1968, Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on the floor of his grandmother's bathroom.
    More Details Hide Details Lymon, a Baptist, was buried at Catholic Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, New York City, New York.
    Traveling to New York in 1968, Lymon was signed by manager Sam Bray to his Big Apple label, and the singer returned to recording.
    More Details Hide Details Roulette Records expressed interest in releasing Lymon's records in conjunction with Big Apple and scheduled a recording session for February 28. A major promotion had been arranged with CHO Associates, owned by radio personalities Frankie Crocker, Herb Hamlett and Eddie O'Jay. Lymon, staying at his grandmother's house in Harlem where he had grown up, celebrated his good fortune by taking heroin; he had remained clean ever since entering the Army three years earlier.
  • 1967
    Age 24
    Lymon's marriage to Eagle, on the other hand, was properly documented as having taken place at Beulah Grove Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, in 1967; however, the singer was still apparently twice-married and never divorced when he married Eagle.
    More Details Hide Details The first decision was made in Waters' favor; Eagle appealed, and in 1989, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed the original decision and awarded Lymon's estate to Eagle. However, the details of the case brought about another issue: whether Morris Levy was deserving of the songwriting co-credit on "Why Do Fools Fall in Love". Although early single releases of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" credit Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant as co-writers, later releases and cover versions were attributed to Lymon and George Goldner. When Goldner sold his music companies to Morris Levy in 1959, Levy's name began appearing as co-writer of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" in place of Goldner's. Lymon was never paid his songwriting royalties during his lifetime; one result of Emira Eagle's legal victory was that Lymon's estate would finally begin receiving monetary compensation from his hit song's success. In 1987, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant, both then poor, sued Morris Levy for their songwriting credits.
    The two were wed in June 1967, and Lymon repeatedly went AWOL to secure gigs at small Southern clubs.
    More Details Hide Details Dishonorably discharged from the Army, Lymon moved into his wife's home and continued to perform sporadically.
  • 1965
    Age 22
    Taylor claimed to have married Lymon in Mexico in 1965, but could produce no acceptable evidence of their union.
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    Trying to determine who was indeed the lawful Mrs. Frankie Lymon was complicated by more issues. Waters was already married when she married Lymon; she had separated from her first husband, but their divorce was finalized in 1965, after she had married Lymon.
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    His final television performance was on Hollywood a Go-Go in 1965, where the then-22-year-old singer lip-synched to the recording of his 13-year-old self singing "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Lymon was drafted into the United States Army and reported to Fort Gordon, Georgia, near Augusta, Georgia, for training. While in the Augusta area, Lymon met and fell in love with Emira Eagle, a schoolteacher at Hornsby Elementary in Augusta.
    Taylor claimed to have married Lymon in Mexico in 1965, although their relationship ended several months later, purportedly because of Lymon's drug habits.
    More Details Hide Details Lymon, however, had been known to say that their marriage was a publicity stunt and Taylor could produce no legal documentation of their marriage. In Major Robinson's gossip column of June 6, 1966, Zola said the whole thing was a joke that she went along with at the time (October 1965). He appeared at the Apollo as part of a revue, adding an extended tap dance number. Lymon recorded several live performances (such as "Melinda" in 1959), but none rose on the charts.
  • 1964
    Age 21
    Lymon began a relationship with Elizabeth Mickey Waters, who became his first wife in January 1964 and the mother of his only child, a baby girl named Francine who died two days after birth at Lenox Hill Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Lymon's marriage to Waters was not legal, because she was still married to her first husband. 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    In 1961, Roulette, now run by Morris Levy, ended their contract with Lymon and he entered a drug rehabilitation program.
    More Details Hide Details After losing Lymon, the Teenagers went through a string of replacement singers, the first of whom was Billy Lobrano. In 1960, Howard Kenny Bobo sang lead on "Tonight's the Night" with the Teenagers; later that year, Johnny Houston sang lead on two songs. The Teenagers, who had been moved by Morris Levy to End Records, were released from their contract in 1961. The Teenagers briefly reunited with Lymon in 1965, without success. Over the next four years, Lymon struggled through short-lived deals with 20th Century Fox Records and Columbia Records.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    Lymon's slowly declining sales fell sharply after his voice changed and he lost his signature soprano voice. Adopting a falsetto, Lymon carried on. His highest charting solo hit was a cover of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One", which peaked at No. 58 on the Hot 100 pop chart in 1960 and which had been recorded in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Addicted to heroin since the age of 15, Lymon fell further into his habit, and his performing career went into decline. According to Lymon in an interview with Ebony magazine in 1967, he was first introduced to heroin when he was 15 by a woman twice his age.
  • 1957
    Age 14
    Lymon had officially departed from the group by September 1957; an in-progress studio album called Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers at the London Palladium was instead issued as a Lymon solo release.
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    In early 1957, Lymon and the Teenagers broke up while on a tour in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details During an engagement at the London Palladium, Goldner began pushing Lymon as a solo act, giving him solo spots in the show. Lymon began performing with backing from pre-recorded tapes. The group's last single, "Goody Goody" backed with "Creation of Love," initially retained the "Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers" credit, but they were actually solo recordings (with backing by session singers).
    As a solo artist, Lymon was not nearly as successful as he had been with the Teenagers. Beginning with his second solo release, "My Girl", Lymon had moved to Roulette Records. 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 performing.
    More Details Hide Details His actions caused a scandal, particularly among Southern TV station owners, and The Big Beat was subsequently canceled.
  • 1956
    Age 13
    With the release of "I Want You To Be My Girl", the group's second single, The Teenagers became Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. An album, "The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon", was released in December 1956.
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  • 1955
    Age 12
    One day in 1955, a neighbor gave The Premiers several love letters that had been written to him by his girlfriend, with the hopes that he could give the boys inspiration to write their own songs.
    More Details Hide Details Merchant and Santiago adapted one of the letters into a song called "Why Do Fools Fall in Love". The Premiers, now calling itself The Teenagers, got its first shot at fame after impressing Richard Barrett, a singer with The Valentines. Barrett, in turn, got the group an audition with record producer George Goldner. On the day of the group's audition, Santiago, the original lead singer, was late. Lymon stepped up and told Goldner that he knew the part because he helped write the song. The disc jockeys always called them "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers". Goldner signed the group to Gee Records, and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" became its first single in January 1956. The single peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard pop singles chart, and topped the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks. Six other R&B top 10 singles followed over the next year or so: "I Want You To Be My Girl", "I Promise To Remember", "Who Can Explain?", "Out in the Cold Again" and "The ABC's of Love", "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent" and "Baby Baby" were also popular Teenagers releases. "I Want You To Be My Girl" gave the band its second pop hit, reaching No. 13 on the national Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Goody Goody" (written by Matty Malneck and Johnny Mercer and originally performed by Benny Goodman) was a No. 20 pop hit, but did not appear on the R&B chart.
  • 1954
    Age 11
    At the age of 12 in 1954, Lymon heard a local doo-wop group known as the Coupe De Villes at a school talent show.
    More Details Hide Details He became friends with the lead singer, Herman Santiago, and he eventually became a member of the group, now calling itself both The Ermines and The Premiers. Dennis Jackson of Columbus, Georgia, was one of the main influences in Lymon's life. His personal donation of $500 helped start Lymon's career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Frankie Lymon was born in Harlem on September 30, 1942 to Howard and Jeanette Lymon.
    More Details Hide Details Howard worked as a truck driver and Jeanette worked as a maid. Howard and Jeanette Lymon also sang in a gospel group known as the Harlemaires; Frankie and his brothers, Lewis and Howie, sang with the Harlemaire Juniors (a fourth Lymon brother, Timmy, was a singer, though not with the Harlemaire Juniors). The Lymons struggled to make ends meet, so, at age 10, Lymon began working as a grocery boy.
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