1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Frankie Lymon, lead singer, (b.1942), Joe Negroni, baritone, (b.1940), Herman Santiago, tenor, (b.1941), Jimmy Merchant, tenor, (b.1940), Sherman Garnes, bass, (b.1940)
Famous Doo-Wop hit single in the 50s: Why Do Fools Fall In Love 1956
also I Want You To Be My Girl in 1956 and Goody, Goody in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1956-1960 Record Label: Gee
The doo-wop group consisted of three black and two Hispanic teen-age singers from New York City, but centered around the extraordinary talent of 13-year-old Frankie Lymon, the first black teen pop star. Their first top-ten hit, the up-tempo Why Do Fools Fall in Love was also a top-ten ‘cover’ hit for Gale Storm and for the Diamonds. The enthusiastic young teens’ high tenor, deep bass, and soprano, created a distinctive sound. They appeared in two films, Alan Freed’s classic ‘Rock, Rock, Rock’ and ‘Mister Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ but by the summer of 1957 Frankie Lymon split from the group and all of their careers plummeted. A victim of the excesses of stardom—drinking, three marriages, and drugs, Frankie Lymon entered a rehabilitation program for heroin addiction. In 1968, the twenty-five-year-old died in his grandmother’s New York apartment of a drug overdose.
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' Best 45rpm Single Recording: