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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Frankie Lymon (1942-1968) and the Teenagers were a New York doo wop group consisting of Joe Negroni, Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant, and Sherman Garnes, but centered around the extraordinary talents of their lead singer, 13-year-old Frankie Lymon. Lymon was credited with their first big hit, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (in the early '90s, a federal judge ruled after a lengthy trial that Lymon hadn't written "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" -- another member of the Teenagers had). His wise-beyond-his-years vocal and performing abilities not only made the Teenagers a group several notches above the competition but made Lymon the first black teenage pop star. Though only together for a brief 18-month period, Lymon & the Teenagers exerted an enormous influence, spawning several "kid" vocal groups and providing initial inspiration to Berry Gordy to model his entire Motown production approach around Lymon's original vocal style. Inexplicably, the group split into two factions at the height of their success, and neither had a hit again. Lymon died from a drug overdose at age 26. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Len Barry, and his principal protégé, Michael Jackson (whose early recordings with the Jackson 5 are virtual re-creations of the early Lymon sound, merely updated) all show the influence of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' groundbreaking work. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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Tell me! Why?
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Amazing love song
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Even better on vinyl :)
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Awesome
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I wasn't born in these years but wish I had been love this music
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This man invented the standard for beast
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I think this may be my favourite version! It's amazing
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The teenager and Frankie lymon were only the bestselling of records 1960 era.
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HELLL YEAHHH Nice Oldie
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I remember seeing them at the Brooklyn fox -those were the great years


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All this Doo Wop LOVIN it. Takes you right back to yesterday... . e v e r y time!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Doo woop
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Oldie and goodie
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@glane800 the movie is stupid.
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Grate talent early burnout in60s early heavy drugs
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Have you seen the movie. It's :)
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Little bitty pretty=compl e t e happiness mon!
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dragonlady60 8 8
This music.....ma k e s me happy
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amberandkids
good to dance to
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Before my time but I love this song.
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pnotchr73
Love this group! So great!
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The sweet sounds of harmony
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Going to school to Bucknelly in Clahoun Falls and hearing this cut on the radio, makes a first grader tardy. LOL And I was car-pooling with the teachers too.
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Drugs a dumb a** move great talent gone to waste
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Music ' you should feel it not heard it
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It's real,,,,,,,, , ,
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Beautiful music.
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R.I.P. Frankie Lymon ������������
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These amazing voices
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mik945
it is ANY MORE
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We cannot get music like this no more ..
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an era. of "Life was good"
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Love them!
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my favorite!!
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A wonderful time for real music!!!!!!
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Song reminds me of my dad. Always was listening to this nice groove .
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Died too young.
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hardyar249
Old Rock and roll this song never get older
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charles.a.on e i l l
I still remember discovering rock 'n roll when I was a young kid in Darien, Ct. Frankie Lyman started it all for me. My mother heard them on the radio in my room... and said, your dad wouldn't like this.. I knew right then and there that there was something special happening here. And as she left my room, Little Bitty Pretty One came on.... and I was hooked. I totally get why some people go fo gansta music... but for me there will always be a special place in my heart and memory for Franky
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charles.a.on e i l l
I still remember discovering rock 'n roll when I was a young kid in Darien, Ct. Frankie Lyman started it all for me.
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s2hay
This song was years before my time but I still love this song. Music then really spoke to you and had meaning. I don't know what to say about toys garbage today!
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sandyclause0 1 5
Brings back lots of memories . The world was a much better place then. And the music spoke to you


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Hey, what on earth does therw pretty onw talk to me MEAN?!?! (Do you ever edit stuff you write?)
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veromclane
Hey therw pretty onw talk to me.
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ptsally54
Love it
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Great Group 'Love this song'
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Love his music man
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Amazing voice
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:,(
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I want to go back in the 50's and sing a song with them
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