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Rocker’s ‘Widows’ In Battle for the Bucks

July 10, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Three women claiming to be the widow of 50s rock star Frankie Lymon will be questioned in court to determine which should receive the rocker’s $100,000 in royalties.

Lymon, lead singer of the group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, wrote the hit ″Why Do Fools Fall In Love?″ He was 26 when he died of a heroin overdose in New York City in 1968.

Manhattan Surrogate Marie Lambert on Wednesday ordered a trial to determine whether Lymon’s royalties from the song should go to Elizabeth Waters Lymon, Zola Mae Taylor or Emira Eagle Lymon.

Elizabeth, 43, of Philadelphia, claims she married Lymon in Alexandria, Va., in 1964, and that the couple had a child who died.

Taylor, of Los Angeles, a singer with the Platters, contends she married Lymon in 1965 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Emira, 46, of Augusta, Ga., said she and Lymon were married in 1967 when he was stationed with the Army in her hometown.

Lawyers for the women said the battle began shortly after Emira got a Georgia court to declare her administrator of Lymon’s estate. When Elizabeth learned the news, she had the court hold up the designation.

Then Taylor stepped forward and insisted she was the rightful widow.

According to Taylor’s lawyer, Robert Hirth, the women will be questioned by opposing lawyers before a determination is made.

″There is nowhere I can find any divorces,″ said Melvyn Altman, lawyer for Elizabeth.

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