500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'
500
314/500

314. Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'

Writers: Lymon, Morris Levy
Producer: George Goldner
Released: Jan. '56, Gee
21 weeks; No. 6

Frankie Lymon was one of rock & roll’s first teen prodigies — and one of its earliest tragedies. Lymon wrote and sang this hit as a 13-year-old Harlem kid. But the writing credit — and money — went to his label boss, Levy, an associate of the Genovese family. Lymon died a penniless heroin addict in 1968 at the age of 25.

Appears on: The Best of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers (Rhino)

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