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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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please dont kill
Iam 13 year old I would kill to live in the 50s or 60s those songs was the best ������������
My auntie grew up in the Bronx and she would visit her friends in Harlem and listen to Frankie Lymon and his friends sing! What a tragedy that he left us so soon. A talented tragic figure. She also got the chance to meet Herman Santiago who could blow as well! They were treated shabily by managers and the record company. May.
But Herman Santiago live on with the great sound of the teenagers
Mhmmmhmmmm love the oldies!!!!!: ) my kind of music;) my friend hates it
Who breaks up at the height of their success, only to die,from an overdose. What a waste !! He could have gone on a lot further than 25, and a lot more hits RIP Franky !!!
niralimurthy
Cute
Favorite song rn (:
Im 18 and i LOVE OLDIES !! I love the grease aeras ! Wish i was born in the 50"s !
Goody goody
i like frankie version best of little bitty pretty one. so sad so young. what a lost of talent.
What a sound....fee d i n g through a Bose system. Love the old doo-wop music....and what I call REAL music !
I love to listen to listen to those old tunes. Great memories!
Love the oldies
I'm now 51 Motown coming up but I love do whop sound different notes so heavenly sound My father remember the teens I thank the best ever
love this... full of soul.. sing it out loud as loud as you can.. windows rolled down... love it!.. now I'm passing this down tooo my kids.
I was asleep like five minutes ago and I heard this song and immediately woke up and screamed " Is Matilda on mom?" Lol
Drug overdose at 26? Poor guy.

love this song!
Frankie lymon was so awesome to be that young with such an amazing voice
OLDIES ,,,,Brenda lee, et al ,,,,that's music ,LOVE THIS SITE RICHARD BEALS , MD.
Ja, fools all of em
Man I wish I had a chance to live in the 50s
Why do fools fall in love ? Any one knows the answer
my 2 yr old sings this ooooooowwwww w w o o o o o o o o oooooo ooooo oooo little bity pretty one!!!!!!
Hi
can't do nothing about it
how come every upcoming artist becomes addicted 2 drugs(Leave The White Stuff Alone)
What ever happened to Louie Lymon???
I love this song sometimes I think I was born in the wrong generation
Takes me back in high school :)
Nice
Great MUsic!!!!! I was 13 , now I am 63
GOODIE, GOODIE
jfxbauer
Love their sound. RIP young man.
Brings back high school years!
rmccray1969
yes you're right about that!!!
I wish my generation would appreciate this kind of music.
Real Teen Doo Wop
curitiba4lif e 5 0
He died in 1968-so he never saw the Jackson5 success, which he & the teenagers probably set the stage for.
I rember Frankie well we were from the same HOOD I had a boyfriend back then his name was "BUTCHIE SAUNDERS" he had a groupe called "BUTCHI SAUNDERS AND THE ELCORDS" HE MADE "PEPERMENT STICK" THOSE WERE THE DAYS THAT WAS. R I P BUTCHIE & FRANKIE ONE LOVE
I thought of maltida!!
Instant time travel...
Legendary song that will cherished forever
Ohhh ohhhh ohhhhhh oh oh ohh oh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh oh oh ohh oh.
skyliner59
One of the all-time greatest voices of the doo-wop era!!!!!!
I like frankie lymon he is awesome.. His music is great AND IM 12!!!!!!!
The brightest stars always burn out the fastest. RIP
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