Frankie Lymon set the mold for male teenage rock & roll, R&B, and pop artists. Upon first hearing his Motown labelmate Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye said, "It was Frankie Lymon all over again."
On a July 19, 1957 episode of Alan Freed's live ABC TV show The Big Beat, Lymon began dancing with a white teenage girl while he was performing. His actions caused a scandal, particularly among Southern TV station owners, and The Big Beat was subsequently canceled.
"The Gothfather." Pioneer of theatrical shock rock.
The Father of Rock and Roll.
The most popular Black rock and roll artist of the 1950s.
Mixing gospel and the profane, he's rock & roll personified.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.