π…π«πšπ§π€π’πž 𝐋𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐧.

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers perform their monster hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love live on the Frankie Laine Show in 1956. The 13 year old Lymon simply sizzles and electrifies the Nation with this performance; the prodigy already has a fully formed vocal delivery many talents never attain. Words have a different sound, and even meaning, coming from his mouth. Note the maestro-ism in his approach: rather than hitting the same nail with the selfsame hammer, he eschews the falsetto moments for a more Joe Williams-esque way forward. His stage presence is magnetic yet composed, and, oh, Lymon is a brilliant dancer, too. Other than that, well….but wait! He gives a calm, charming interview (of sorts) with host Laine. I suppose all that’s good enough. Good enough to massively influence generations of musicians, most conspicuously a certain One-GlovΓ¨d individual. To MJ‘s credit, he was quite open about this. That said, a wide swath was cut, and a vast-ish net was cast: heck, The Beach Boys have noted him as an inspiration.

Now, to give a bit of context to this groundbreaking performance. Frankie Lymon met and quickly joined a doo-wop ensemble featuring the doddering, shambling Methuselean figure Herman Santiago, checking in at a full 1 1/2 years older than Frankie L. He was 15 when all appeared on the Laine program. A tenor vocalist and the human being most likely to have actually composed Why Do Fools Fall In Love (it has been disputed for 2.3 epochs at last count…), Santiago functioned as the ensemble’s frontman until something became crystal clear: Lymon was The One. Santiago was the one (small case) scheduled to sing lead on Why during recording sessions until, for reasons which are different depending upon who(m) is asked (late arrival to session, sore throat, missing merkin collection and intensive, time-consuming search required to retrieve same…) (said collection remains at large to this very day), he was unable to do so. Lymon unhesitatingly filled the void, in the session, in our lives, and in human history. I have grown fatigued/verklempt.

Frankie Lymon IIII
Frankie Lymon VI - with George Goldner

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ πΌπ‘Žπ‘› π΄π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘œπ‘›/π½π‘’π‘‘β„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œ π‘‡π‘’𝑙𝑙.

These gents are titans of prog, rock, prog-rock…and then there’s the mind-boggling talents and idiosyncrasies of Mr. Ian Anderson.

Ian Anderson XXI
Ian Anderson II - Flute Wielding and Thrusting
Ian Anderson III - Ritual and Big Finish

Thaumaturge, wizard, vocalist/performer/showman supreme. Mr. Ian Anderson.

Note: Revised 7/31/2019.

And sneaking in at the last moment……..1977, Golders Green Hippodrome.

Ramones.

Nice music combo. Uplift Program = Ramones. Joey’s vocal on Airwaves is one of his (or anyone’s, for that matter; a supremely underrated vocalist, who could do anything) best; saying a lot. Also Sheena, 1st vid. Like a completely different song, he mixes up the phrasing, emphasis, cadence so masterfully.

𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑬𝑳𝑢, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑴𝒂𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐 𝑱𝒆𝒇𝒇 π‘³π’šπ’π’π’†.

The stunning talents of Jeff Lynne. Quite something. Few are his peers.

π“π‘πž 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐑𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐆𝐒𝐛𝐛.

One of the finest song-delivering groups of an era, here are more-than-a-few magical moments with the Bee Gees.