Forgot your password? Don't have an account? Sign up here. Already have an account?
Movies / TV
It reached No. The song helped to make Frankie Lymon a household name and would make him a rock and roll pioneer. The Canadian group The Diamonds also did a more traditional doo wop version that came out two months after Lymon's in March This version stayed 19 weeks on the Billboard chart, topping out at No. Herman Santiago , tenor of the group, had written the song based on a line from some love letters given to the guys by a tenant in bassist Sherman Garnes ' apartment building. One of them featured the words "Why do birds sing so gay?
Frankie Lymon was 13 when he had his big hit record, and 25 when he died. The record fell like a gift from the sky, hit the top of the charts, and can still be heard on the golden oldies stations. The rest of his life played like the flip side. There are several angles this material might have been approached from, and director Gregory Nava tries several without hitting on one that works. By the end of the film we're not even left with anyone to root for; we realize with a little astonishment, waiting for the court verdict, that we don't care who wins. The movie is not really about Frankie Lymon Larenz Tate , who remains an enigma. Nor does it have many insights into the three claimants to his estate: Zola Taylor Halle Berry , a singer with the Platters, who was his first girl and his second wife; Elizabeth Waters Vivica A. Fox , a shoplifter who loved him so much she became a hooker to pay for his drug rehab, and Emira Eagle Lela Rochon , a church-going waitress who was there when he needed her, after he was drafted into the Army and sent to Georgia for training. What made Frankie run? The movie clearly doesn't know.
See the full list. This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart. Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime.