Then Sherman hooked up with a Hispanic neighborhood friend, Joe Negroni (who was in the process of forming a group, to be called the Ermines, with his friend Herman Santiago).
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Actually, he really couldn't help hearing them, since they'd sometimes practice on the corner near the grocery store in which Frankie worked; Barrett lived above the store.
He later came to one of their rehearsals at Stitt (the Valentines sometimes practiced there too) and said he'd see what he could do about bringing them to audition for George Goldner (owner of the Valentines' label, Rama).
They started jamming together and the guys were impressed with the sound of Frankie's high tenor/soprano voice and showmanship [read "ham"] qualities.
(Richard Barrett said of Frankie that "he was born to the stage.") They agreed to do it again sometime. The talent show came and went, but Frankie didn't; he stayed. One night they were heard by Richard Barrett, lead of the Valentines.
Herman lived directly across from Frankie Lymon's house (you know, Howard and Jeanette's little kid who worked in the grocery).
Jimmy was at 156th (between Amsterdam and Broadway), and Joe was at 153rd (near Amsterdam).When he got the letters, he was reluctant to use any of the material, but the Premiers figured it wouldn't hurt to be nice to the guy.) So Jimmy worked with it, creating a song (essentially a ballad) for Herman to lead. They did neighborhood talent shows and finally made it to the big time: a talent show at Stitt JHS itself.On the same bill was a young mambo group, featuring 12-year-old Frankie Joseph Lymon on bongos and his older brother Howie, Junior on congas.In 1954, his family moved to the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, where he met bass Sherman Garnes at Edward W.Stitt Junior High School at 164th Street and Edgecombe Avenue. ) that was called the Earth Angels, after the Penguins' monster hit of the same name.The rabbit test was only used for eighteen months (and the poor rabbit always died).