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At 13, the pint-size Lymon and his singing group, the Teenagers, got a record contract. as Lymon's second wife -- a petty thief who turned to prostitution to help The way '50s singer Frankie Lymon is presented in "Why Do Fools Fall Lymon was 14 years old when he began to date Zola Taylor (Berry). Consequently, Zola Taylor was drafted into the Platters, where she would In that film, Rock All Night () and The Girl Can't Help It (), Taylor's laid claim to the royalties of Frankie Lymon, author and singer of the s But she was unable to produce a marriage certificate and one of two other. however, is the fact that Zola Taylor is the widow of Frankie Lymon, she takes the witness stand as Zola Taylor to describe a relationship.
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 of ColumbusGeorgiawas one of the main influences in Lymon's life.
- Frankie Lymon
Lymon with Teenagers at the Apollo Theater 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.
Six other top blues 10 singles followed over the next year or so: The Teenagers placed two other singles in the lower half of the pop chart. Solo career[ edit ] Lymon shortly after launching his solo career, circa 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. 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[ citation needed ]. 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 woman 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 had been moved by Morris Levy to End Records, were released from their contract in Five more top ten singles followed, but at the end of The Teenagers had officially become Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. Record producers were pushing Lymon to begin a solo career.
This infuriated the rest of the members and the group broke up while on tour in England in Lymon began his solo career though he would never see the success that he achieved with The Teenagers. At the age of 15, Lymon began using heroin, a habit he said was first introduced to him by a woman twice his age. This addiction would trouble him for the rest of his life, cause him to lose most of his money and eventually see him to his demise.
Soon his voice dropped and with that so did any popularity he had. In the early '60s he began a relationship with Elizabeth Waters who would become his first wife inthough it wasn't legitimate because she was still technically married to her previous marriage.
So they filed as a common-law marriage. By this time he had stopped recording music completely and fell deeper into his drug addiction.
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He was also broke by this time, spending his and his wife's rent money on heroin and needing to move from place to place constantly. By the mid-'60s the marriage had failed and Lymon moved to Los Angeles to resume his relationship with The Platters singer Zola Taylor. Taylor claims to have been sexually active with Lymon since the "Biggest Rock and Roll Show of " tour. The two got married in Mexico inthough there is no documentation that they ever got married.
The marriage ended several months later allegedly because of Lymon's drug use. Lymon has said before that their marriage was a publicity stunt.