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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers: Complete Recordings (5-CD)

5-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 142 tracks. Playing time approx. 350 mns.

It is as tragic a story as any in popular music. Frankie Lymon was a star at 13, washed up at 16, a drug addict at 17, and dead at 25. His Gee recordings caught the spirit of rock 'n' roll as music made by and for teenagers. This set includes all of his recordings for the Gee-Roulette labels, recorded between 1955 and 1977 and, of course, includes his great hits Why Do Fools Fall In Love, The ABCs Of Love,
I'm Not A
Juvenile Delinquent and I Want You To Be My Girl'. The exuberance is irrepressible.

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Lymon, Frankie & The Teenagers - Complete Recordings (5-CD) Box set 1
01 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
02 Please Be Mine
03 Love Is A Clown
04 Am I Fooling Myself Again
05 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 2)
06 I'm Not A Know-It-All
07 Who Can Explain
08 I Promise To Remember
09 ABC's Of Love (version 2)
10 Share
11 I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
12 Baby Baby
13 Paper Castles
14 Teenage Love
15 Together
16 You
17 It Would Be So Nice
18 Out In The Cold Again
19 Little White Lies
20 Begin The Beguine
21 Love Is A Clown (alt)
22 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 1)
23 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 2 - alt.)
24 I'm Not A Know-It-All (alt.)
25 Who Can Explain (alt.)
26 ABC's Of Love (version 1)
27 I Promise To Remember (alt.)
28 Share (alt.)
29 Fortunate Fellow
30 Love Put Me Out Of My Head
31 Lost Without Your Love
32 I'll Walk Alone (Without Love)
33 Everything To Me
34 Flip Flop
35 Good Love
36 Flop Hop
37 Mama Wanna Rock
38 My Broken Heart
39 Crying
40 Tonight's The Night
41 Can You Tell Me Why
42 A Little Wiser Now
43 What's On Your Mind
44 Love Me Long
45 He's No Lover
46 I Hear The Angels Cry
47 The Wild Female
48 Jean Of The Ville
49 The Draw
50 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (& ALAN FREED BAND)
51 Please Be Mine (& COUNT BASIE BAND)
52 I Promise To Remember (& ALAN FREED BAND)
53 Goody Goody
54 It's Christmas Once Again
55 Goody Goody
56 The Only Way To Love
57 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (FRANKIE & LOUIS)
58 Miracle In The Rain
59 Yours
60 Glow Worm
61 Goody Goody (version 1)
62 Love Is The Thing
63 You Can't Be True
64 Fools Rush In
65 Too Young
66 Over The Rainbow
67 As Time Goes By
68 Don't Take Your Love
69 Ghost Of A Chance
70 Goody Goody (version 2)
71 Creation Of Love
72 Blue Moon
73 These Foolish Things
74 You Were Only Fooling (version 1)
75 Guilty
76 So Goes My Love
77 It's Christmas Once Again
78 My Girl
79 My Baby Just Cares For Me
80 Somebody Loves Me
81 Silent Night
82 Little Girl
83 Let's Fall In Love
84 Thumb Thumb
85 Portable On My Shoulder
86 Footsteps
87 That's The Way Love Goes
88 Wake Up, Little Susie
89 Short Fat Fannie
90 Waitin' In School
91 Next Time You See Me
92 Jailhouse Rock
93 Send For Me (version 1)
94 Buzz Buzz Buzz
95 Searchin'
96 Silhouettes
97 It Hurts To Be In Love
98 Diana
99 Diana (alt.)
100 Little Bitty Pretty One
101 Mama Don't Allow It
102 Girls Were Made For Boys
103 Campus Queen
104 The Only Way To Love
105 No Matter What You've Done
106 Melinda
107 Ain't She Sweet
108 Almost Out Of My Mind (version 1)
109 Rockin' Tambourine (version 2)
110 Danny Boy
111 Up Jumped The Rabbit
112 Before I Fall Asleep
113 Prince Or Pauper
114 What A Little Moonlight Can Do
115 `Deed I Do
116 Since The Beginning Of Time
117 Pardon Me Please
118 The Magic Song
119 A Kiss From Your Lips
120 The Joke (version 1)
121 The Rainbow (take 6)
122 The Joke (version 2)
123 Goody Good Girl
124 Blessed Are They
125 I'm Not Too Young To Dream
126 Almost Out Of My Mind (version 2)
127 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
128 Lover Come Back To Me
129 Change Partners
130 So Young
131 I Put The Bomp
132 To Each His Own
133 Teacher, Teacher
134 Roll On
135 Push And Pull
136 Sweet And Lovely
137 Somewhere (double vocal)
138 Somewhere (stereo)
139 I'm Sorry
140 Seabreeze
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Frankie Lymon was born in New York City on September 30,... more
"Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers"

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers

Frankie Lymon was born in New York City on September 30, 1942. His father, an amateur singer, sang with a church group and soon had his young sons, Howard, Jr., Frankie, and Lewis, working in a junior version of his group. By 1954, Frankie and Howard, Jr. were playing bongos and congas in a mambo group called the Esquires. Besides appearances at Frankie's school, Edward W. Stitt Junior High in Washington Heights, the Esquires made at least one showing at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night.

Like all schools in the Greater New York area in the early 1950s, Stitt had its share of amateur singers. Among those at Stitt were Jimmy Merchant and Sherman Marlow Garnes. Merchant, born February 10, 1940, had been singing since he was nine years old. He and Garnes, born June 8, 1940, shared a love of harmony singing. They joined two neighborhood friends, Joe Negroni, born September 8, 1940, and Herman Santiago, born February 18, 1941, and called their group the Ermines with Santiago as first tenor, Merchant second tenor, Negroni baritone, and Garnes bass. After seeing ex-schoolmates, the Cadillacs, as guests at one of the school talent shows, the boys picked a new name, Coupe DeVilles.

They already knew Frankie, who lived right across the street from Santiago, and at a rehearsal at the school, Frankie asked if he could sing along with the Coupe DeVilles on a few of their songs. The 12-year old slipped into the harmony routines quickly and showed an exuberant show business flair. Both the Lymon group and The Coupe DeVilles did well on the amateur show and Frankie began singing with the older guys from that point on. He did the high tenor voice in the harmony parts and duets with Santiago, and the quintet called themselves the Premiers. Santiago was the usual lead singer and the songs they sang were the R&B hits of the day such as Hearts Of Stone, Work With Me, Annie, Have Mercy Baby and Shake A Hand.

The presence of a 12-year old was not all that unusual. 'Kid stars' such as Little Esther, Teresa Brewer, and the nine-year old boogie-woogie star Sugar Chile Robinson, have always had a place in the music business. Best of all, the Premiers even had a few original, unpublished songs to sing, a definite requirement for success in the business. Original material was the key that opened the doors to recording studios. The record company could publish a hit song and collect the royalties, and most insisted on new material from new un-tried artists.

The Premiers all worked together to come up with new songs. Herman Santiago brought in a catchy rhythm number about "going downtown" (a favorite teenage activity in the 1950s) called I Want You To Be My Girl. In the audience for one of the Premiers' amateur shows was Richard Barrett, whose own Valentines were enjoying a hit record. Barrett knew the Premiers. He lived above the grocery store where Frankie was working and had often heard the group singing on the street corner. Besides singing lead for the very popular Valentines, Barrett worked as a talent scout for George Goldner's Rama/Gee Records and he invited the Premiers to audition for the company. One of the songs they tried out was Why Do Birds Sing So Gay with Frankie doing the lead, and Goldner was impressed with the song and Frankie's voice. He said Frankie should sing lead from then on and apparently it was Goldner's idea to change the lyrics and title to Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and also change their group name to The Teenagers.

There are several versions of the origin of the group's most famous song. Some say it came from a neighbor in Sherman Garnes' building, some say Frankie wrote it himself, others claim it was written by Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant. Years of litigation later, Why Do Fools Fall In Love is credited to Morris Levy and Frankie Lymon. There's lots of money for copyright owners, much more than the performers ever see if they don't read the fine print on their contracts. Jimmy Merchant recalled,

"We were ignorant. We did not understand contracts. We didn't know what publishing was. We didn't know about percentages. They said 'We'll take care of you, the money will be there when you turn 21' and we believed them."

The song was first credited to Frankie Lymon and George Goldner. Goldner claimed that he changed the song from the way it was originally written into the version that was recorded. Frankie's name in the credits was allegedly supposed to help market the song as "a teenager's love poem." Aware that Frankie was as ignorant of copyrights and publishing as the rest of them, Merchant and Santiago couldn't hold a grudge against him. Merchant said,

"Frankie barely did anything on that song. It was Herman and me. In the beginning I was angry at Frankie, but through the years I began to realize that he was completely manipulated by those people."

To further muddy the waters, Goldner sold his company in 1964 to Morris Levy, and wrote a letter to the Register of Copyrights saying that Levy should be listed as coauthor of the song. Levy, on the other hand, said that Frankie sold all of his rights to him for between 1000 and 1500 dollars. Over the years the battle for the rights to Why Do Fools Fall In Love raged on. At one point, three women claiming to be Frankie's 'widows' stepped into the courts demanding their share of the lucrative copyright. After all the litigation, the song is now credited to Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy and their heirs and assignees receive substantial amounts of money as the song continues to be recorded and performed. It has become one of the great standards of rock 'n' roll.

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Tracklist
Lymon, Frankie & The Teenagers - Complete Recordings (5-CD) Box set 1
01 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
02 Please Be Mine
03 Love Is A Clown
04 Am I Fooling Myself Again
05 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 2)
06 I'm Not A Know-It-All
07 Who Can Explain
08 I Promise To Remember
09 ABC's Of Love (version 2)
10 Share
11 I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
12 Baby Baby
13 Paper Castles
14 Teenage Love
15 Together
16 You
17 It Would Be So Nice
18 Out In The Cold Again
19 Little White Lies
20 Begin The Beguine
21 Love Is A Clown (alt)
22 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 1)
23 I Want You To Be My Girl (version 2 - alt.)
24 I'm Not A Know-It-All (alt.)
25 Who Can Explain (alt.)
26 ABC's Of Love (version 1)
27 I Promise To Remember (alt.)
28 Share (alt.)
29 Fortunate Fellow
30 Love Put Me Out Of My Head
31 Lost Without Your Love
32 I'll Walk Alone (Without Love)
33 Everything To Me
34 Flip Flop
35 Good Love
36 Flop Hop
37 Mama Wanna Rock
38 My Broken Heart
39 Crying
40 Tonight's The Night
41 Can You Tell Me Why
42 A Little Wiser Now
43 What's On Your Mind
44 Love Me Long
45 He's No Lover
46 I Hear The Angels Cry
47 The Wild Female
48 Jean Of The Ville
49 The Draw
50 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (& ALAN FREED BAND)
51 Please Be Mine (& COUNT BASIE BAND)
52 I Promise To Remember (& ALAN FREED BAND)
53 Goody Goody
54 It's Christmas Once Again
55 Goody Goody
56 The Only Way To Love
57 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (FRANKIE & LOUIS)
58 Miracle In The Rain
59 Yours
60 Glow Worm
61 Goody Goody (version 1)
62 Love Is The Thing
63 You Can't Be True
64 Fools Rush In
65 Too Young
66 Over The Rainbow
67 As Time Goes By
68 Don't Take Your Love
69 Ghost Of A Chance
70 Goody Goody (version 2)
71 Creation Of Love
72 Blue Moon
73 These Foolish Things
74 You Were Only Fooling (version 1)
75 Guilty
76 So Goes My Love
77 It's Christmas Once Again
78 My Girl
79 My Baby Just Cares For Me
80 Somebody Loves Me
81 Silent Night
82 Little Girl
83 Let's Fall In Love
84 Thumb Thumb
85 Portable On My Shoulder
86 Footsteps
87 That's The Way Love Goes
88 Wake Up, Little Susie
89 Short Fat Fannie
90 Waitin' In School
91 Next Time You See Me
92 Jailhouse Rock
93 Send For Me (version 1)
94 Buzz Buzz Buzz
95 Searchin'
96 Silhouettes
97 It Hurts To Be In Love
98 Diana
99 Diana (alt.)
100 Little Bitty Pretty One
101 Mama Don't Allow It
102 Girls Were Made For Boys
103 Campus Queen
104 The Only Way To Love
105 No Matter What You've Done
106 Melinda
107 Ain't She Sweet
108 Almost Out Of My Mind (version 1)
109 Rockin' Tambourine (version 2)
110 Danny Boy
111 Up Jumped The Rabbit
112 Before I Fall Asleep
113 Prince Or Pauper
114 What A Little Moonlight Can Do
115 `Deed I Do
116 Since The Beginning Of Time
117 Pardon Me Please
118 The Magic Song
119 A Kiss From Your Lips
120 The Joke (version 1)
121 The Rainbow (take 6)
122 The Joke (version 2)
123 Goody Good Girl
124 Blessed Are They
125 I'm Not Too Young To Dream
126 Almost Out Of My Mind (version 2)
127 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
128 Lover Come Back To Me
129 Change Partners
130 So Young
131 I Put The Bomp
132 To Each His Own
133 Teacher, Teacher
134 Roll On
135 Push And Pull
136 Sweet And Lovely
137 Somewhere (double vocal)
138 Somewhere (stereo)
139 I'm Sorry
140 Seabreeze