Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Frankie Lymon died 39 years ago today

Frankie Lymon was a teenage singing sensation in the 1950s. He was the lead singer of the group The Teenagers, who had a big hit in 1956 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" I remember Frankie Lymon, however, as the singer of "Goody Goody," a song that was on one of the records we had at home when I was a kid. (Apparently, "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers" were credited on the record, but it was really the Ray Charles Singers backing up Lymon.) Could have listened to it all day! Unfortunately, Lymon died at the young age of 25 on February 27, 1968, after falling into heroin addiction. Here he is singing "Goody Goody" from 1957, when he would have been only 15 years old:



Here are The Teenagers in their first national TV appearance in 1956 on The Frankie Laine Show. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" had just hit #1 and they were a hot commodity! (It should be noted that Frankie Laine just died just three weeks ago today.)

4 comments:

WindWhisperer said...

Beautiful range in Frankie Lymon's voice. What a cutie...he died so young, I wonder what his voice would have matured into.

Brian Cormier said...

I don't know. I'm assuming some of his later singles are availabe but I haven't heard any. He did record in the 1960s, but he really never saw the stardom he attained in that short period of 1956-57. Talk about a star that burned bright and then burned out. :( Being famous so young can sometimes not be a good thing, especially if you don't have the right guidance.

WindWhisperer said...

Wonderful blog you have here Brian...I love this vintage stuff.

Brian Cormier said...

Thank you!