Frankie Lymon was an electric performer in the 1950s who captivated America on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ The singer performed his hit song ‘Goody Goody’ for the audience with a big smile on his face and a few dance steps too.
The song starts, and Frankie walks right out on camera and in front of the curtains wearing a suit and tie. He snaps to the beat and lights up the room in black-and-white footage.
He bops back and forth with his head to the upbeat song. Frankie adds some flair when he turns around and does a quick spin. He follows that up with a split on the checkered dance floor.
Frankie was best known as the boy soprano lead for the group known as ‘The Teenagers.’ They had a massive hit with their 1956 smash record ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?’
Frankie actually sang ‘Goody Goody’ on TV two times. The song was made famous in 1936 by ‘Ted Wallace and His Swing Kings.’ Frankie’s version hit number 20 on the Billboard charts. It was released as a song by ‘The Teenagers’ even though it was only Frankie on the recording.
Frankie’s highest-charting solo hit was his cover of Bobby Day’s ‘Little Bitty Pretty One,’ which peaked at number 58 on the Hot 10 pop chart. His unique voice combined soul and rock and roll, filled with vibrant energy.
In 1957, Frankie went solo and left the group. This performance shows his skills as a solo artist on ‘Sullivan.’ He is remembered as a legend of rock and roll, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame with ‘The Teenagers’ in 1993.