The group was composed of five boys, all in their early to mid-teens. After Lymon went solo in mid, both his career and that of the Teenagers fell into decline. He was found dead at the age of 25 on the floor of his grandmother's bathroom from a heroin overdose. Howard was a truck driver and Jeanette was a maid. Both also sang in the gospel group The Harlemaires; Frankie and his brothers Lewis and Howie sang with the Harlemaire Juniors a fourth brother, Timmy, was a singer, though not with the Harlemaire Juniors.
The Lymons struggled to make ends meet, so Lymon began working as a grocery boy at age At 12 inLymon heard a local doo-wop group known as the Coupe De Villes at a school talent show. He became friends with the lead singer, Herman Santiagoand he eventually became a member of the group, now calling itself both The Ermines and The Premiers. Dennis Jackson Combat - Moving Fusion - The Beginning EP ColumbusGeorgiawas one of the main influences in Lymon's life.
One day ina neighbor gave The Premiers several love letters that had been written to him by his girlfriend, hoping to give the boys inspiration to write their own songs. The Premiers, now calling themselves The Teenagers, got their first shot at fame after impressing Richard Barretta singer with The Valentines. Barrett, in turn, got the group an audition with record producer George Goldner.
On the day of the group's audition, original lead singer Santiago was late. Lymon stepped up and told Goldner that he knew the part because he helped write the song. The disc jockeys always called them "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers". The single peaked at No. The Teenagers placed two other singles in the lower half of the pop chart.
In earlyLymon and the Teenagers broke up while on a tour in Europe. During an engagement at the London PalladiumGoldner began pushing Lymon as a solo act, giving him solo spots in the show. Lymon began performing with backing from pre-recorded tapes. Lymon had officially departed from the group by September ; an in-progress studio album called Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers at the London Palladium was instead issued as a Lymon solo release.
As a solo artist, Lymon was not nearly as successful as he had been with the Teenagers. His actions caused a scandal, particularly among Southern TV station owners, and The Big Beat was subsequently canceled.
There is no surviving footage because the episode was taped over, according to Judith Fisher Freed. Lymon's slowly declining sales fell sharply in the early s. Addicted to heroin since the age of 15, Lymon fell further into his habit, and his performing career went into decline. According to Lymon in an interview with Ebony magazine inhe was first introduced to heroin when he was 15 by a Everybody Does It In Hawaii - Jimmie Rodgers - The Short But Brilliant Life Of Jimmie Rodgers twice his age.
After losing Lymon, the Teenagers went through a string of replacement singers, the first of whom was Billy Lobrano. The Teenagers, who Waiting In School - Frankie Lymon - Rock n Roll / At The London Palladium - Original Gee & Roulett been moved by Morris Levy to End Records, were released from Shaft - (Mucho Mambo) Sway contract in The Teenagers briefly reunited with Lymon inwithout success.
Over the next four years, Lymon struggled through short-lived deals with 20th Century Fox Records and Columbia Records. He began a relationship with Elizabeth Mickey Waters, who became his first wife in January and gave birth to his only child, Francine, who died two days after birth at Lenox Hill Hospital.
After the marriage failed, he moved to Los Angeles in the mids, where he began a romantic relationship with Zola Taylora member of the Platters. Taylor claimed to have married Lymon in Mexico in  although their relationship ended several months later, purportedly because of Lymon's drug habits.
Lymon, however, had been known to say that their marriage was a publicity stunt, and Taylor could produce no legal documentation of their marriage.
In Major Robinson's gossip column of June 6,Zola said the whole thing was a joke that she went along with at the time October He appeared at the Apollo as part of a revue, adding an extended tap dance number. Lymon recorded several live performances such as "Melinda" inbut none rose on the charts.
His final television performance was on Hollywood A Go-Go inwhere the then or year-old singer lip-synched to the recording of his year-old self singing "Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Dishonorably discharged from the Army, [ citation needed ] Lymon moved into his wife's home and continued Waiting In School - Frankie Lymon - Rock n Roll / At The London Palladium - Original Gee & Roulett perform sporadically.
Roulette Records expressed interest in releasing Lymon's records in conjunction with Big Apple and scheduled a recording session for February Lymon, staying at his grandmother's house in Harlem where he had grown up, celebrated his good fortune by taking heroin ; he had remained clean ever since entering the Army Triangular (Live) - Bloodpit - Sauna Päälle! years earlier.
On February 27,Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on the floor of his grandmother's bathroom with a syringe by his side. Lymon's troubles extended to others after his death. Zola TaylorElizabeth Waters and Emira Eagle each approached Morris Levythe music impresario who retained possession of Lymon's copyrights and his royalties, claiming to be Lymon's rightful widow; Lymon had neglected to divorce any of them.
The complex issue resulted in lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, and in the first of several court cases concerning the ownership of Lymon's estate began. Trying to determine who was indeed the lawful Mrs. Frankie Lymon was complicated by more issues.
Waters was already married when she married Lymon; she had separated from her first husband, but their divorce was finalized inafter she had married Lymon. The first decision was made in Waters' favor; Eagle appealed, and inthe Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed the original decision and awarded Lymon's estate to Eagle. However, the details Waiting In School - Frankie Lymon - Rock n Roll / At The London Palladium - Original Gee & Roulett the case brought about another issue: whether Morris Levy was deserving of the songwriting co-credit on "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".
Lymon was never paid his songwriting royalties during his lifetime; one result of Emira Eagle's legal victory was that Lymon's estate would finally begin receiving monetary compensation from his hit song's success.
However, in the ruling was reversed by the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on the basis of the statute of limitations : copyright cases must be brought before a court within three years of the alleged civil violation, and Merchant and Santiago's lawsuit was not filed until 30 years later. InLymon became known to a slightly younger generation than before with the release of American Graffitiwhich included "Why Sing It Back - Moloko - Greatest Hits2000 Fools Fall in Love" on its soundtrack.
During the opening mix of the album, Joni Mitchell also spliced sections of "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent" into the Im Your Man - Lisa Moorish - Ive Gotta Have It All track refrains. Lymon's music and story were eventually re-introduced to modern audiences with Why Do Fools Fall in Lovea biographical film directed by Gregory Navaalso the director of the Selena biopic.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love tells a comedic, fictionalized version of Lymon's story from the points of view of his three wives as they battle in court for the rights to his estate. Frontman John Darnielle has stated that the song is about the last night of Lymon's life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Lymon. Frankie Lymon. Gee Big Apple Roulette. Johnson Publishing Company — via Google Books.
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