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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

b. 30 September 1942, Washington Heights, New York, USA, d. 28 February 1968, New York City, New York, USA. Often billed as the ‘boy wonder’, Lymon first entered the music business after teaming up with a local all-vocal quartet, the Premiers. The latter comprised Jimmy Merchant (b. 10 February 1940, New York, USA), Sherman Garnes (b. 8 June 1940, New York, USA, d. 26 February 1977), Herman Santiago (b. 18 February 1941, New York, USA) and Joe Negroni (b. 9 September 1940, New York, USA, d. 5 September 1978). Lymon joined them in 1954 and soon afterwards they were signed to the Gee label as the Teenagers. Their debut, the startling ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love?’, was issued on 1 January 1956 and soon climbed into the US Top 10, alongside the early recordings of Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. The song went on to reach number 1 in the UK and sold two million copies. Lymon soon left school and the group toured extensively. For their second single, ‘I Want You To Be My Girl’, the 13-year-old boy wonder was given superior billing to the group.

With their use of high tenor, deep bass and soprano, and teen-orientated lyrics, the Teenagers boasted one of the most distinctive sounds in 50s pop. After registering chart entries in the USA with ‘I Promise To Remember’ and ‘The ABCs Of Love’, they found greater acclaim in England. The soaring ‘I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent’ (from the movie Rock Rock Rock) hit the UK Top 12 and Lymon was afforded the honour of appearing at the London Palladium. So strong was his appeal at this point that the single’s b-side, ‘Baby Baby’, received separate promotion and outshone the a-side by climbing to number 4. During his celebrated UK tour, Lymon recorded as a soloist with producer Norrie Paramor and the resulting ‘Goody Goody’ reached the Top 30 on both sides of the Atlantic. By the summer of 1957, he had split from the Teenagers, and thereafter, his career prospects plummeted. He enjoyed the excesses of stardom, smoking cigars, drinking heavily and enjoying underage sex with women old enough to be his mother.

Despite recording a strong album, his novelty appeal waned when his voice broke. By 1961, the teenager was a heroin addict and entered Manhattan General Hospital on a drug rehabilitation programme. Although he tried to reconstruct his career with the help of Dizzy Gillespie and even took dancing lessons and studied as a jazz drummer, his drug habit endured. In 1964, he was convicted of possessing narcotics and his finances were in a mess. His private life was equally chaotic and was punctuated by three marriages. In February 1968, he was discovered dead on the bathroom floor of his grandmother’s New York apartment with a syringe by his side. The Teenager who never grew up was dead at the tragically young age of 25. His former group continued to record sporadically and in the 80s, surviving members Santiago and Merchant formed a new Teenagers and Pearl McKinnon took Lymon’s part. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Teenage Years Of Frankie Lymon

1. Melinda

2. Little Girl

3. Paper Castles

5. Baby Baby

7. Goody Goody

8. Who Can Explain?

9. Mama Wanna Rock

13. Out In The Cold Again

17. Little White Lies

19. Am I Fooling Myself Again?

20. Share

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Track List: Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Vol. 1

1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

2. Please Be Mine

3. I Want You To Be My Girl

4. I'm Not A Know-It-All

5. I Promise To Remember

6. Who Can Explain?

7. The ABC's Of Love

8. Share

9. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

10. Baby, Baby

11. Little Bitty Pretty One

12. Little Girl

13. Little White Lies

14. Love Is A Clown

17. Mama Wanna Rock

18. Melinda

21. My Girl

23. Out In The Cold Again

24. Paper Castles

25. Portable On My Shoulder

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Track List: At The London Palladium (Live)

1. Let's Fall In Love (Live In London)

2. So Goes My Love (Live In London)

3. Somebody Loves Me (Live In London)

4. Fools Rush In (Live In London)

5. You Were Only Fooling (Live In London)

6. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live In London)

7. My Girl (Live In London)

8. Too Young (Live In London)

9. Little Girl (Live In London)

10. Yours (Live In London)

11. Creation Of Love (Live In London)

12. Goody Goody (Live In London)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

2. Please Be Mine

3. I Want You To Be My Girl

4. I'm Not A Know-It-All

5. I Promise To Remember

6. Who Can Explain?

7. The ABC's Of Love

8. Share

9. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

10. Baby, Baby

11. Am I Fooling Myself Again

12. Teenage Love

13. Paper Castles

14. Out In The Cold Again

15. Goody Goody

16. Little Bitty Pretty One

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Track List: The Best Of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

2. Please Be Mine

3. Love Is A Clown

4. Am I Fooling Myself Again

5. I Want You To Be My Girl

6. I'm Not A Know It All

7. Who Can Explain?

8. I Promise To Remember

9. The ABC's Of Love

10. Share

11. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

12. Baby Baby

13. Paper Castles

14. Teenage Love

15. Out In The Cold Again

16. Goody Goody

17. Creation Of Love

18. Thumb Thumb

19. Portable On My Shoulder

20. Little Bitty Pretty One

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Every body
Who came after was copying after them Tragic end to some one who was so talent
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saqib_jodi
What a tragic bio. Would never match his music to that bio! :(
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Why Do Fools Fall in Love About a Barron Trump. He Smoking To Him, I Seeing Saw Him, I Really Say I Love You Sam
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There so awsome
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Just the the BEST!
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Gone but not forgotten rip!
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Love it!!��
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Love this music back in the time when innocence
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I wasn't born during this time but the music sure is great
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One that brings back memories
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Don't get enough credit.rock n roll
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Such amazing talent. These guys (teenagers) are crazy.
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talk to me come up and see me and let's do it like you say I'm ready always for you my love Mike your mimi
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In our family our kids also listened and appreciated this music thanks to us. Love this music and I grew up in Washington Heights also just like a frank and Louie
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I can not imagine the temptations a thirteen year old would have with this success. Think Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, "Hanna Montana", Brady Bunch kids, etc. Some have parents and some just live the fast lane with a short ride. What is God trying to tell us with these kids? It is so easy to waste your talents, and near impossible to recover. See Mathew 25:26
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I like this music too and we are both the same age
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I'm also 14 I love both oldies and music today , but you can never replace the oldies music . Most kids nowadays just laugh at this music but most of them don't know these are the artists that gave artists today their inspiration . I wish more kids my age would like this music .
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I know my love is true baby you could teach me the ABCs of loving each other mimi
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because your no fool ever my love every time I see you a bird sings my love mike
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Another sad but true example of a great young artist that couldn't ever seem to choose the rite paths in life despite being given all the ability in the world! Tragic.
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Idiot just had to f**king OD
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I totally love this song it makes You want to get up and start dancing!
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love that song
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Cool
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Cool song
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I have Why Do Fools Fall in Love on my ipod and a doo wop Cd. I have Diana Ross' remake on a '45.
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it to know what hapen to him
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I will always be your fool wish you could go on my hike with you
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Before the Jackson five,and now Frankie lymon & the teenagers...
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Yes
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ME ENCANTA... HERMOSA VOZ
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haha yeah I am fifteen and I love old music
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such a shame what happened to him
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I'm 14 and I love the oldies my friends call me an old woman. But my mom says its an old soul. They just don't make music like his anymore. It's a shame every song in the radio is about the same stuff, drugs sex violence anger and lies. I wanna get back to when songs were a reprise ration of something real and honest
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This is when music was good
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I'm 14 and I've been obsessed with the teenagers since I was 9 their music is so much better than the crap that's played on the radio today
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pnotchr73
Way before my time but I love it
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pnotchr73
CYOL
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wakeup2yourf r e e d o m
The Best. He did it with ease too. =)
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Great groups from the past, will always last.
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Such a shame to lose such talent
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Frankie "The Best"
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I was a fool to fall in love
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Homophobes.. ����
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Read the end of the para graph in the last sentence on this song
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Such catchy songs great band
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To bad Frankie died so young what a great talent
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