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Taylor, who later gained attention as one of three women who claimed to be pop idol Frankie Lymon's widow, died Monday, said her nephew. of that song, which was a hit for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in the s, But two other women, former Platters vocalist Zola Taylor (Berry) and Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon), show up claiming to be Lymon's widow, leading to Under oath, all three women tell of their relationships with the singer. Frankie Lymon was an American rock and roll singer and songwriter. After Lymon's marriage with Waters failed, he started dating Zola Taylor.
Lymon appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 22, Later years[ edit ] Over the next four years, Lymon struggled through short-lived deals with 20th Century Fox Records and Columbia Records. He began a relationship with Elizabeth Mickey Waters, who became his first wife in January and gave birth to his only child, Francine, who died two days after birth at Lenox Hill Hospital.
After the marriage failed, he moved to Los Angeles in the mids, where he began a romantic relationship with Zola Taylora member of the Platters.
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Taylor claimed to have married Lymon in Mexico in  although their relationship ended several months later, purportedly because of Lymon's drug habits. Lymon, however, had been known to say that their marriage was a publicity stunt, and Taylor could produce no legal documentation of their marriage. In Major Robinson's gossip column of June 6,Zola said the whole thing was a joke that she went along with at the time October Lymon recorded several live performances such as "Melinda" inbut none rose on the charts.
His final television performance was on Hollywood A Go-Go inwhere the then or year-old singer lip-synched to the recording of his year-old self singing "Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Dishonorably discharged from the Army,[ citation needed ] Lymon moved into his wife's home and continued to perform sporadically. Roulette Records expressed interest in releasing Lymon's records in conjunction with Big Apple and scheduled a recording session for February Lymon, staying at his grandmother's house in Harlem where he had grown up, celebrated his good fortune by taking heroin ; he had remained clean ever since entering the Army three years earlier.
Death[ edit ] On February 27,Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on the floor of his grandmother's bathroom. Posthumous troubles[ edit ] Lymon's troubles extended to others after his death. Zola TaylorElizabeth Waters and Emira Eagle each approached Morris Levythe music impresario who retained possession of Lymon's copyrights and his royalties, claiming to be Lymon's rightful widow; Lymon had neglected to divorce any of them.
The complex issue resulted in lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, and in the first of several court cases concerning the ownership of Lymon's estate began. Trying to determine who was indeed the lawful Mrs.
Frankie Lymon was complicated by more issues.
He was known for dating women twice his age. Inat the age of 12, he joined the doo-wop group call The Premiers which would eventually become The Teenagers. The group got signed to Gee Records in and Frankie became the lead singer of the group. The group wrote the song after a friend gave them some old love letters from a past girlfriend in hopes of inspiring them.
Five more top ten singles followed, but at the end of The Teenagers had officially become Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. Record producers were pushing Lymon to begin a solo career.
This infuriated the rest of the members and the group broke up while on tour in England in Lymon began his solo career though he would never see the success that he achieved with The Teenagers.
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At the age of 15, Lymon began using heroin, a habit he said was first introduced to him by a woman twice his age. This addiction would trouble him for the rest of his life, cause him to lose most of his money and eventually see him to his demise. Soon his voice dropped and with that so did any popularity he had. He was a top-grade runner with Collingwood Harriers for 18 years. He was an AFL-standard football trainer, a club cricketer, and helped organise Bells Beach surfing events.
In between, he was a domestic builder for 30 years, continuing the trade he learned from his father, and taught one of his three sons. Sitting uncomfortably in his wheelchair, Merrett's gaze is steely, and the Frank Zappa facial hair doesn't disguise the hard set of his jaw. He is not a man to mess with. But start talking music and he is as animated as Howling Wolf, darting off down countless conversational alleyways. One doo-wop fact leads to another. Elvis's favourite singer was Johnny Bragg of the Prisonaires.
Tragic teenage superstar Frankie Lymon had three wives at once, including Zola Taylor of the Platters. The Skyliners' signature song finishes with "Since I don't have" and then the word "you" repeated 22 times. The Spaniels were locked up for vagrancy in the southern United States when they had a million-seller on the charts, "because they were black". He says the last words angrily. Merrett's great-great-grandparents were African-American slaves who arrived in Brisbane as black-and-white minstrels, worked their way south during the goldrush and settled in Melbourne.
This heritage is crucial to him. She was a black mammy. She'd mop a floor, beat a rug, she'd always be singing. I always wanted to hear music outside of Elvis and the Everly Brothers. To me it wasn't good enough; it didn't have anything that moved me.