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Zola Taylor (top), Emira Eagle claimed rights to music. Judge ruled Frankie Lymon was legally married to Elizabeth Waters and that she has rights to Ms. Taylor could not provide a marriage certificate during the court hearings before. Frankie Lymon was born on September 30, in Harlem, New York . to resume his relationship with The Platters singer Zola Taylor. Taylor. The way '50s singer Frankie Lymon is presented in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is "mostly true. We played down certain things and fudged.Oh My Dear Zola Taylor 1954 RPM 45 404 A
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.
Frankie Lymon and 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. And though Halle Berry had yet to win her Oscar, she was steadily becoming a big name in the industry. How did it come to be? Though the studio picked up the screenplay within 24 hours after she submitted it, the movie would eventually take 15 years to make it to the big screen.
Knowing what Michael looked like in the latter part of his life it would seem that casting him in this role would be completely out of the question. Why did Larenz take this role?
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After his role in Menace to Society, Larenz Tate was the baby faced thug. But he wanted to completely shift his image for the role of Frankie Lymon.
But the thing I enjoyed about working with Larenz the most was that when he was [playing] the teenager he was dedicated, shaving off his mustache…and then, when he became a drug addict, he totally sacrificed himself physically and mentally. He put contacts in his eyes and stained his teeth. Following the success of another musical biopic, Selena from the year before inGregory Nava seemed like a shoe in to direct Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
Addicted to heroin since age 15, Lymon fell further into his habit, and his performing career went into decline. According to Lymon in an interview with Ebony inhe said that at the age of 15 he was first introduced to heroin, by a woman twice his age. InRoulette, now run by Morris Levy, ended their contract with Lymon and the singer entered a drug rehabilitation program.
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 onto End Records, were released from their contract in The Teenagers briefly reunited with Lymon inwithout success.
Later years and death Over the next four years, Lymon struggled through short-lived deals with 20th Century Fox Records and Columbia Records. Lymon began a relationship with Elizabeth Waters, who became his first wife in January Waters was not legal in the beginning, because she was still married to her first husband. However, it is alleged that they became married by way of common law marriage.
After the marriage failed, he moved to Los Angeles in the mids, where he began a romantic relationship with Zola Taylor. He appeared at the Apollo as part of a revue, adding an extended tap dance number.