The Beginning of Frankie Lymon
Frankie Lymon was apart of the sensational singing group called “The Teenagers”. The Teenagers were five kids from Washington Heights who were discovered by the Valentines’ lead singer Richie Barrett.Their first record, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” rose to the top of the charts. At only age 13, Frankie Lymon became the most popular singer across the nation. The Teenagers kept clean-cut image, and were very energetic on stage. This wholesome image generated sales since it did not upset middle lass American parents. Very much so contrary to the rebellious generation of young adults during the time.
In their early career, the group appeared in numerous televised screenings. These included the movie Rock. Rock, Rock, Alan Freed’s radio show,and the film Don’t Knock the Rock. They later began a tour with Bill Haley and released a single called “Baby, Baby”, which would be on their first album entited Meet the Teenagers. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers at the London Palladium would be their second album.
Lymon was convinced by George Goldner to remove himself from the group and become a solo act. “Goody Goody” was Lymon’s last record with the Teenagers. Frankie and the Teenagers reunited to sing their hit “Goody Goody” in 1958 on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”.
Lymon’s Solo Career
Frankie was a sensation through his voice, personality, and image. Lymon had a gap-tooth, baby-face, and angel-like voice. This was matched with an ambition for show business and the portrayal of America’s youth. However, as a result of a voice change, Frankie’s career plummeted. His commercial appeal diminished, and his newly tenor voice did not attract record sales and performances. Also, Lymon struggled with addiction. It would ultimately be the cause of his death. Lymon was very influential before his voice had changed.
Hi voice heavily influenced rock, soul and R&B stars. These included Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations and the Jackson Five. All emale singing groups also imitated Lymon’s act, such as Dianna Ross. Due to his impact, Lymon and The Teenagers were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Singles- Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
- 1956 “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”
- 1956 “I Want You to Be My Girl”
- 1956 “I Promise to Remember”
- 1956 “The ABC’s of Love”
- 1956“Baby, Baby”
- 1957“Paper Castles”
- 1957“Love Is a Clown ”
- 1957“Miracle in the Rain”
- 1957 “Goody Goody”
- 1957“My Girl”
- 1957“Little Girl”
- 1958“Thumb Thumb”
- 1958 “Mama Don’t Allow It”
- 1958 “Only Way to Love”
- 1959“No Matter What You’ve Done”
- 1959[Gee 1052] “Goody Good Girl
- 1960“Little Bitty Pretty One”
- 1960“Buzz Buzz Buzz”
- 1961 “Jailhouse Rock”
- 1961“Change Partners”
- 1961 “Young”
- 1964: “To Each His Own”
- 1964: “Somewhere”
- 1969: “I’m Sorry”
- 1956: Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
- 1957: Frankie Lymon at the London Palladium
- 1958: Rock & Roll with Frankie Lymon
- 1994: Complete Recordings
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