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Album Review

In early 1956, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers — Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant, Sherman Garnes, and Joe Negroni — achieved international stardom with the song "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?." Lymon, as lead singer (and all of 13 years old), was the star of the act, and they remain one of the finest examples of New York vocal group singing. All of the essentials are on this album, which, among its numerous highlights also includes "Love Is a Clown" and the group's later hits, "Little Bitty Pretty One," "Portable on My Shoulder," and "Thumb Thumb." At the time of its release, this CD collection was notable not only for its generous programming — 20 songs deep into the group's catalog — but also for its sound quality. Previous LP compilations of the Teenagers' work, issued either through Roulette Records or labels of dubious legitimacy (such as Guest Star), had suffered from very poor quality mastering and sources; and even the commonly available U.S. LP reissue of the 1958 album The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon — which boasted one of the coolest covers of the 1950s — offered miserably poor sound. This collection, either as a 20-song CD or a 16-song LP, was the first decent sounding Frankie Lymon reissue heard in decades; it's been supplanted for audio quality since then, but 20 years later, it's still worth hearing and owning, for the uninitiated. ~ Jeff Tamarkin & Bruce Eder, Rovi

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Why do fools not love this music?

So yes. I'm a normal average teeanger. I must tell you, music is a lot different then it used to be. All of this violence, let's go shoot people's heads off and the sexual cursing content in the songs gets a little out of hand. So many kids my age don't get to see the amazing music that people like Frankie Lymon and others (example..Aretha Franklin) have put out. My favorite song in the WORLD is deffinatly Why do fools fall in love. It's the best song ever..and it's so much different then more then half of the music being put out today by crummy singers with little to no talent. Buy this CD..listen to some REAL talent.


Even though im not from this generation i think their music is an upbeat tone that'll make any generation wanna bust a move and sing aloud to it..!!!! :- ) <3


There's not much I can say that hasn't been said before but Frankie Lymon is one of the most influental and brilliant signers to ever walk the planet. The songs on this CD have really affected me. (Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Goody Goody, ABCs Of Love are just a few of the many fantastic songs)


Genre: Pop

b. 30 September 1942, Washington Heights, New York, USA, d. 28 February 1968, New York City, New York, USA. Often billed as the ‘boy wonder’, Lymon first entered the music business after teaming up with a local all-vocal quartet, the Premiers. The latter comprised Jimmy Merchant (b. 10 February 1940, New York, USA), Sherman Garnes (b. 8 June 1940, New York, USA, d. 26 February 1977), Herman Santiago (b. 18 February 1941, New York, USA) and Joe Negroni (b. 9 September 1940, New York, USA, d. 5 September...
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