Frankie Lymon’s Headstone

Frankie Lymon formed the Teenagers in 1954, and recorded the hit “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. He had a brief solo career and died only 10 years later, a result of his cocaine addiction. Lymon was buried in a unmarked grave in Brooklyn, NY. The owner of Ronnies Records is the head of the Frankie Lymon fan club decided to raise money to have one made. Over $1000 was raised and the headstone was carved. He contacted the estate, but ran into trouble because Lymon had married 3 different women,. The resulting legal issues that came from that were one reason why his grave remained unmarked. Not knowing what else to do with the monument, he put it in his store window, where he sells vintage records from the 50’s.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Zoriyah Williams on January 15, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Did Frankie J Lymon ever receive his tombstone after all this time? How did he get to marry 3 women? Each state did not check before they allowed him to marry? Are the 3 (well 2) widows alive today including Elizabeth Waters?


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  3. Posted by chinarah on April 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    frankie lymon was my uncle


  4. Posted by Vicky on June 18, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Such a Wonderful singer, so sad his life ended at such a young age, I am just wondering where were his mother and father, siblings and other family, were they not a part of his life? Family support and love is what’s needed with any trouble youth and this child was troubled, talented or not…


  5. Posted by Steve Feinberg on June 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Frankie was buried at St. Raymond’s Cemetary in the Bronx, not Brooklyn. In the 1980’s I made the suggestion to Ronnie I. of Clifton Music to put “We Promise To Remember” on his gravestone, from the title of one of his hits “I Promise to Remember.” Frankie’s onstage choreography preceded Michael Jackson’s by at least 15 years. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers were true pioneers of rock’n’roll.


  6. Posted by lynette on August 4, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    i like this article on frankie lymon although im only 20 years old i am a huge fan of his, an i think it is very selfish for a women who once loved him did not even have the decency to put a tumb stone on his grave. besides his drug addiction frankie was a great an talented man who atleast deserved a proper burial… R.I.P Frankie Lymon love your FAN Lynette santana…….. 8-4-10


  7. Posted by Kahuna on March 19, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Great site! On the Frankie Lymon headstone section: Lymon’s grave headstone is in the music shop because when the fans raised enough money to finally get a headstone for Frankie’s gravesite, the Lymon estate was in litigation and would not permit it being placed at the grave site. The courts have finally settled, but the widow of Frankie Lymon wants $400.00 for herself to permit anyone to place the headstone at the gravesite. Poor Frankie.


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