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July 21, 2009

Motown’s Original Breakout ‘Kids Group’

Filed under: Flashback — Felicia @ 11:09 am

With the untimely passing of Michael Jackson there have been talks of a Jackson 5 reunion. The 4 surviving brothers are in the process of making a comeback although there have been talks that Jermaine haven’t yet jumped on board.

The Jackson 5 has been credited as the last greatest group to come from the Motown umbrella having pushed out a number of hit albums. In 1966 they won amateur night at the Apollo Theater where they caught the attention of Gladys Knight. They auditioned for Motown two years later and things took off from there for the boy band.

Michael and his brothers weren’t the first hit-making group dispensed from the label although they’re the ones you hear of most. Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, another young boy group were the first to make an impression on audiences and give Motown their stamp as the best R&B label in the 60’s.

Frankie and The Teenagers originally from Harlem didn’t have as long a run as the Jackson 5, however Frankie in particular was given the title as the first Black teenage pop star. Their song, “Who Do Fools Fall In Love” was the group’s first hit single which garnered public attention for the boys. As with every other boy group past and present, Frankie Lymon was the breakout star of the group at 13-years-old and it was also said that Berry Gordy used his vocal style as the blueprint of his entire label.

After ‘The Teenagers emergence, several other kid groups emerged along with the Jackson 5 who’s style was molded similar to Lymon’s.

FrankieSadly Frankie died of a drug overdose at the young age of 26. By that time the group has since disbanded. Perhaps this is why Frankie and The Teenagers were rarely ever mentioned over the years.

Below is live video of the boys performing on the Frankie Laine show in 1956.

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