Personalities | Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers | Fifties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1955–65)

New Yorker Lymon (1942–68) was invited to join a school vocal group with Sherman Gaines (1940–78), Jimmy Merchant, Joe Negroni and Herman Santiago. Before finding Lymon, the others, who were known as The Premiers, were working on a song they had written, but needed a soprano lead voice, a vacancy Lymon filled. The result was the 1956 million-selling US Top 10 hit, ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, which also topped the UK chart. The group managed a few more minor hits from 1956–57, the best being 1957’s UK Top 5 hit, ‘Baby Baby’, but without the novelty aspect, the group were in decline. Lymon made the US chart with 1960’s ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, but drug problems resulted in his early death. Later, both The Beach Boys and Diana Ross recorded ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, and clearly The Jackson Five were strongly influenced by The Teenagers.

Styles & Forms | Fifties | Rock
Personalities | The Moonglows | Fifties | Rock

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...


Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.

Rock, A Life Story

Rock, A Life Story

The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.