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.
A flamboyant and electrifying musician and vocalist.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
The blues plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th-century.
Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.