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Frankie Lymon born 30 September 1942


Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968) was an African-American rock and roll/Rhythm and blues singer, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of a New York City-based early rock and roll group called The Teenagers.
Frankie Lymon was born in New York City on December 30, 1942. When he was 12 years old, Lymon was working in a grocery store when he met the Premiers, a group of singers from the neighbourhood. Having sung gospel music in his father’s group, Lymon made the youthful transition to secular music, joining the Premiers (Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant, Joe Negroni and Sherman Garnes) who renamed themselves the Teenagers.
 
                                   
 
 In the spring of 1955, the group got together and rehearsed the song “Why Do Birds Sing So Gay?” Soon after, an audition was arranged, the song was transformed into “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” and by February 1956, the song had reached Number One. Lymon, who had just started junior high, suddenly became a star and an idol.
The group went on to star in Alan Freed’s package shows and movies and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. The Teenagers toured America and went to London, where they appeared at the Palladium. By the end of 1956, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, with Lymon singing the high parts in his clear, pure boy soprano, were one of the most popular groups in the world.
The group continued to release several memorable songs over the next few months including, 'Baby, Baby,' 'I Want You To Be My Girl,' 'I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent,' 'Goody Goody,' 'Please be Mine,' 'Paper Castles,' and 'ABC's Of Love,' among many others. After being together for about 18 months, and numerous successes, Lymon's manager wanted him to try a solo career. Lymon took his manager's advice and after only playing half way through there London Palladium Tour in London, England, Lymon left the group behind and headed out on his own.
Both Lymon's solo career and the 'Teenagers' career without Lymon were unsuccessful and both parties fell apart. Though only together for a short period of time, the group did help pave the way for such personalities as, 'The Jackson 5,' and Michael Jackson on his solo career. He also gave Motown founder Berry Gordy the idea to model his entire Motown production approach on him. Several artists have also used Lymon's type of music and sound including Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Len Barry.
Known for his 'hard way' of living Lymon's later life was plagued by several bad marriages, alcohol abuse, drug use, and his lust of fast cars. He was polygamist and allegedly never filed divorce on any of his wives and remained married to three women up to his death.
On February 27, 1968, at the young age of 26, Lymon died of an accidental heroin overdose. Following an outpouring of grief, Lymon was interred in the Saint Raymonds Cemetery in The Bronx, New York.
In 1992, a court battle ensude over the rights of the group's recording of 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love.' Originally it was noted Frankie Lymon was the author of the song, but in December 1992, the United States Federal Court ruled that Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant co-authored the song. In 1996, four years after the first ruling the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on the basis of the statute of limitations and authorship, gave the song rights back to Frankie Lymon and music producer Morris Levy.
In 1993 the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 2000 the group were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Frankie was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 1994. Also that year a film based loosely on Lymon's life was released, simply entitled, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
As for other members of the Teenagers; Sherman Garnes died of a heart attack in 1978, and Joe Negroni died of a cerebral haemorrhage in 1978. (Info compiled from numerous sources incl. rockhall.com)
 

4 comments:

boppinbob said...

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers - Their Greatest Recordings

Disc 1

https://www.mediafire.com/file/zvlcl78xklhi8zq/Frankie%20Lymon%20CD1.rar

THE TEENAGERS featuring FRANKIE LYMON
1. WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE
2. PLEASE BE MINE
3. WHO CAN EXPLAIN
4. SHARE
5. LOVE IS A CLOWN
6. I PROMISE TO REMEMBER
7. I WANT YOU TO BE MY GIRL
8. I'M NOT A KNOW IT ALL
9. BABY BABY
10. ABC'S OF LOVE
11. AM I FOOLING MYSELF AGAIN
12. I'M NOT A JUVENILE DELINQUENT
BONUS SINGLES
13. TEENAGE LOVE
14. PAPER CASTLES
15. YOU (NOT ORIGINALLY ISSUED)
16. TOGETHER
17. OUT IN THE COLD AGAIN
18. MIRACLE IN THE RAIN
19. LITTLE WHITE LIES
20. IT WOULD BE SO NICE
21. FORTUNATE FELLOW
22. LOVE PUT ME OUT OF MY HEAD
23. BEGUINE THE BEGUINE
24. GOODY GOODY
25. CREATION OF LOVE
26. FLIP FLOP
27. EVERYTHING TO ME
28. MAMA WANNA ROCK
29. MY BROKEN HEART

Disc 2

https://www.mediafire.com/file/x6ym73is266okg1/Frankie%20Lymon-CD2.rar

FRANKIE LYMON SOLO
ROCK AND ROLL WITH FRANKIE LYMON
1. WAITING IN SCHOOL
2. WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE
3. SILHOUETTES
4. NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME
5. SEND FOR ME
6. IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE
7. JAILHOUSE ROCK
8. DIANA
9. BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ
10. SEARCHIN'
11. SHORT FAT FANNIE
12. LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE
BONUS SINGLES
13. MY GIRL
14. SO GOES MY LOVE
15. LITTLE GIRL
16. IT'S CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN
17. THUMB THUMB
18. FOOTSTEPS
19. PORTABLE ON MY SHOULDER
20. MAMA DON'T ALLOW IT
21. THE ONLY WAY TO LOVE
22. MELINDA
23. NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE
24. UP JUMPED A RABBIT
25. WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO
26. BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP
27. GOODY GOOD GIRL
28. I'M NOT TOO YOUNG TO DREAM


The most comprehensive release on CD yet of the recordings of Frankie Lymon, one of the most influential performers of the '50s. Includes all of his hits with 'The Teenagers' and solo classics like 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love', 'Baby Baby' and the unforgettable, 'I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent', as well as the A and B sides of all his US singles plus album tracks.

As a pre-teen star at the age of 12 Frankie Lymon was an inspiration to scores of like minded kids in America who blossomed in the '60s like Diana Ross and Ronnie Spector and many others! (Jasmine Records)

Managed to get all but 6 of the above from redmp3. Five were from other CD’s and one YouTube conversion. Artwork from All Music.

Garfield said...

Very impressive post! Thanks for sharing!!

Jake said...

Hi Bob, you might like these :

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Complete Recordings cd1
http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/MzhZiGd3/file.html
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Complete Recordings cd2
http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/zxXc4cbV/file.html
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Complete Recordings cd3
http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/If1RTOpA/file.html
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Complete Recordings cd4
http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/ueL9ZHdP/file.html
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Complete Recordings cd5
http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/RhEV6lKo/file.html

Enjoy !

boppinbob said...

Wow! Thanks Jake, Much appreciated. Regards, Bob