New Edition

Formed in Boston in the early ’80s, New Edition began as a teenage pop-funk outfit. But its members went on to create some of the most intriguing funk and r&b of the decade and beyond. The members of New Edition — Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant — met while junior high school students in Boston’s Roxbury section. Music impresario Maurice Starr landed them a record deal (before moving on to the New Kids on the Block), and the group scored a #1 R&B hit “Candy Girl” in 1983. A major record deal with MCA spawned more hits, including “Cool it Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Count Me Out,” and “With You All the Way.” Brown left in 1986 and was replaced by Johnny Gill. More hits followed until the late ’80’s when the various members pursued successful solo careers and Bell, Bivins and DeVoe struck hip-hop gold as Bell Biv DeVoe on 1990’s triple-platinum selling Poison. The members have remained friends and appeared together over the years. There has also been the occasional reunion of the full group.
(by Dean Johnson)

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