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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 September 1942Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 28 February 1968New York City, New York, USA  (heroin overdose)
Birth NameFranklin Lymon
Nickname The Golden Throat

Mini Bio (1)

Frankie Lymon was born on September 30, 1942 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Franklin Lymon. He was married to Emira Lymon, Elizabeth Waters and Zola Taylor. He died on February 28, 1968 in New York City.

Spouse (3)

Emira Lymon (June 1967 - 28 February 1968) (his death)
Elizabeth Waters (1964 - 28 February 1968) (his death)
Zola Taylor (1959 - 28 February 1968) (his death)

Trade Mark (2)

Sweater with a red "T" on it (when he was with the Teenagers)
Soprano singing voice

Trivia (13)

Started singing at age 13.
Wrote "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" in 1955.
He used to be in a doo-wop group called the Teenagers but they broke up in 1957.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) in 1993.
He was polygamist and allegedly never filed divorce on any of his wives and remained married to three women up to his death.
Brother of The Teenchords' lead singer Louis Lymon, with whom he sang his final hit "Goody, Goody" in a special duet at the Apollo Theater.
While on a guest appearance on a talk show, he was asked what his favorite style of music was, to which he replied "hot Jazz", surprising his rock 'n' roll fans everywhere.
The film Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) starring Halle Berry depicts the legal battle that his three wives fight against each other for his money after his death.
In January 1968, Ebony magazine ran a profile of Lymon, "Comeback of a Child Star", describing Lymon's battle with drugs and his hopes after a 33-day hospital stay for treatment. The article mentions no marriages and no wives.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 1994.
Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (as a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) in 2000.
Following his untimely death, he was interred at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City.

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