Frankie Lymon singing “Goody Goody” on teenagers age group Ed Sullivan Show. Harlem, New York City, New York, U.
Lymon was born in Harlem, New York on September 30, 1942 to Jeanette and Howard Lymon. Howard was a truck driver and Jeanette was a maid. Lymon with Teenagers at the Apollo Theater, 1956. One day in 1955, a 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. Merchant and Santiago adapted one of the letters into a song called “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”. Goldner signed the group to Gee Records, and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” became its first single in January 1956. Lymon shortly after launching his solo career, circa 1958.
In early 1957, Lymon and the Teenagers broke up while on a tour in Europe. During an engagement at the London Palladium, Goldner began pushing Lymon as a solo act, giving him solo spots in the show. Lymon began performing with backing from pre-recorded tapes. As a solo artist, Lymon was not nearly as successful as he had been with the Teenagers. Beginning with his second solo release, “My Girl”, Lymon had moved to Roulette Records. Lymon’s slowly declining sales fell sharply in the early 1960s. Within the span of one year, as a result of heroin use, and the deepening of his voice to a baritone as a result of going through puberty.
Lymon appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 22, 1957. 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 1964 and gave birth to his only child, Francine, who died two days after birth at Lenox Hill Hospital. He appeared at the Apollo as part of a revue, adding an extended tap dance number.