Zola Taylor

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Zola Taylor
Taylor performing with The Platters
Taylor performing with The Platters
Background information
Birth nameZoletta Lynn Taylor
Born(1938-03-17)March 17, 1938
Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedApril 30, 2007(2007-04-30) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresRock and roll, blues, R&B
Years active1951–1967
Associated actsThe Platters, Frankie Lymon, The Teenagers, Little Richard

Zoletta Lynn Taylor (March 17, 1938 – April 30, 2007) was an American singer. She was the original female member of The Platters from 1954 to 1962, when the group produced most of their popular singles.


Zola Taylor was a member of The Platters until 1962, when she was replaced by singer Barbara Randolph. Taylor was the second of Frankie Lymon's three wives. In 1984, on behalf of Emira Lymon, a lawyer and artist's agent sued to wrest the copyright of Frankie's hit song "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" away from the current owner. The case became confused when it looked like Lymon had a second and possibly a third widow. Elizabeth Waters claimed to have married Lymon in 1964 in Virginia. However, it turned out she had been married to someone else at the time. As Waters' claim went to court, Taylor claimed that she had been sexually active with Lymon as early as the "Biggest Rock "n" Roll Show of 1956" tour. She claimed to have married Lymon in Mexicali, Mexico around 1965, but could not produce a marriage license.[1] The first hearing, held in Philadelphia, was decided in favor of Waters being Lymon's first wife. Emira Eagle, his third wife, appealed and won a reversal based on her claim that she was Lymon's first wife.

Accomplishments, death and legacy[edit]

Taylor appeared with The Platters in the first rock'n'roll film, Rock Around the Clock.[2] In 1990, Taylor was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Platters. Zola Taylor died in Riverside, CA at age 69, from pneumonia, following a series of strokes.[3] Zola Taylor was portrayed by Halle Berry in the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love.


  1. ^ "Zola Taylor of The Platters dies at 69". USA Today. May 1, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Rock Around the Clock (1956)". IMDb. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Zola Taylor, 69, R&B Singer, Is Dead". The New York Times. May 2, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2016.