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The Rise And Fall Of Frankie Lymon (Why Do Fools Fall In Love) The Hit Movie Inspired By Lymon's Life

Updated on August 16, 2014

Why Do Fools Fall In Love The Movie.


Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love

The Rise And Fall Of Frankie Lymon.

Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymonwas born on September 30, 1942 Lymon was noted as an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter.

Lymon was known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group, The Teenagers. The group was composed of five boys in their early to mid teens, which included three African American song members, Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Merchant and Sherman Garnes, and two Puerto Rican song members, Herman Santiago and Joe Negroni.

The group moved on to star on Alan Freed’s package shows and films they also made their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show as well as American Bandstand.

The Teenagers toured went to London, where they appeared at the Palladium. By the end of 1956, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were one of the most popular groups in the world.

In 1956 and 1957, five other singles by the group made the R&B Top 10 and three singles – "I Want You to Be My Girl," "Who Can Explain?" and "The ABC’s of Love" – reached the U.S. pop charts. Then, while the group was on its second tour of England, Lymon made a solo recording, backed by an orchestra. That song, “Goody, Goody,” was released by Roulette Records and made the Top 20. In 1960, Lymon reached the pop chart with a solo single, "Little Bitty Pretty One." However the Teenagers' first single, 1956's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", was their biggest hit.

In 1998 Warner Brothers released the hit movie inspired by Lymon's life entitled, 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'

Larenz Tate Stars As The Singing Sensation Frankie Lymon


The Rise and Fall Of Frankie Lymon.

The movie wonderfully portrayed through the actor Larenz Tate, displays the most heartbreaking details behind Lymon's departure from his group 'The Teenagers’, and the abusive events which followed.

The movie 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love', showcases Lymon's weakness for beautiful women.
A fool in- love is how Lymon's wives described their love affair with the tormented singer.

In the end Frankie Lymon had three wives, his drug dependence put end to his life at an early age.

The Female Cast Who Portray Frankie Lymon's Wives


Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Trailer

Frankie Lymnon's Fatal Addiction.

In the end the rock which caused Lymon to stumble, was his addiction to drugs. At age 25, Lymon was found dead in his grandmother's bathroom from a heroin overdose.

When the song 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love' was re-released by legendary singer Diana Ross on the RCA label It reached #15 in the USA (#4 R&B), #17 in the UK ,and the top ten in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. This popular release was said to bring out Lymon's scandal which involved the interesting tale of his three wives.

Diana Ross - Why Do Fools Fall In Love

The Emotion Behind The Movie.

Why Do Fools Fall In Love? Perhaps Lymon was in search of a deeper foundation of love.

The movie displayed that the talented singer struggled with deep seeded pain that drugs or women could not heal.

The movie reflects on the beautiful music that Lymon left behind and the pain and joy that his wives encountered during his brief time in this world.

More Information On Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Can Be Found On The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

frankie Lymon- Goodie Goodie

The Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Poll.

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)


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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Lo1!

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      Lo1 3 years ago

      Great hub Emunah.