From TLC to the Rolling Stones: 10 Legends robbed by the music business

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

They were arguably the first group of teen idols in the rock ‘n roll/R&B era, setting a template that everyone from the Jackson 5 to New Edition would follow. But Frankie Lymon and his group were swindled out of songwriting royalties—most notably for their biggest hit, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Notorious music manager Morris Levy issued the single with himself listed as songwriter, reaping the benefits for decades after the song became a doo-wop classic. Lymon died penniless in 1968.

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

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