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Boyz II Men Lyrics

Boyz II Men - Biography

With its smooth brand of doo-wop/hip-hop, Boyz II Men has
spearheaded the renaissance of the R&B vocal group, in the
process revitalizing Motown Records (the band has become Motown's
best-selling act, and its second album, Boyz II Men II, is the
label's best-selling album of all time). The Boyz have sold over
thirty million albums worldwide as of the first half of 1997, and
have managed to capture plenty of awards--not to mention plenty of
hearts--along the way.

The Boyz II Men story begins in 1988, at the Creative &
Performing Arts High School of hiladelphia, where Shawn Stockman,
Wanya Morris, Nate Morris (no relation), and Mike McCary first
discovered that the sum of their four voices was definitely greater
than the individual parts. Besides singing at school, they honed
their harmonizing skills by singing on street corners and on subway
platforms, billing themselves as Unique Attraction. Believing that
things would start to happen for them professionally if they could
just get heard by the right person, they charmed their way backstage
at a 1989 show at the Philadelphia Civic Center, where they knew
their idol, Michael Bivins (of New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe fame)
would be.

When they tracked Bivins down, they
convinced him to listen to their a cappella version of the New
Edition song "Can You Stand the Rain." Also present in the
impromptu audience were Paula Abdul, Cherrelle, Keith Sweat, and Kid
'n Play. Bivins was definitely impressed by their singing: he gave
them his phone number, and after they had pestered him enough, he
became their manager and succeeded in negotiating a deal for them
with Motown. Bivins suggested that they change their name, and so
Unique Attraction became Boyz II
Men, which is the title of a New Edition song off the Heartbreak
album. The newly baptized Boyz II Men's debut album,
Cooleyhighharmony--named after a 1975 blaxploitation comedy called
Cooley High--was released in May of 1991. It didn't take long for
the band to conquer the radio airwaves: the first single,
"Motownphilly," vaulted up to No. 3 on the Billboard
singles chart by July. The
second single, a remake of "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye to
Yesterday" (the song originally appeared on the Cooley High
soundtrack), hit the No. 2 position in October. To date, the album
has sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. alone.

In 1992, just as the excitement over Cooleyhighharmony seemed to be
dying down a bit, the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy movie
Boomerang, which featured the Boyz II Men track "End of the
Road," was released. The single hovered at No. 1 for a
phenomenal thirteen weeks, beating an eleven-week record set by
Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single back in
1956. The band's record was broken just a few months later by
Whitney Houston, whose sentimental "I Will Always Love
You" clinched the top spot for fourteen weeks. But Boyz II Men
seemed destined to hold that "most weeks at No. 1" crown:
the band tied Houston's record with the single, "I'll Make Love
to You," in 1994, and then went on to surpass it the following
year with "One Sweet Day," a collaboration
with Mariah Carey that held solid at No. 1 for sixteen weeks.In
October of 1993, the Boyz released the Christmas Interpretations
album, a collection of both traditional and original Christmas
songs. Their version of "Let It Snow" cracked the Top 40
for one week, entering in at No. 32, and the
album itself hit the Top 20. By the time the Boyz released Boyz II
Men II in September of 1994, they had become the poster boys for a
new era of R&B music.

Their magnificent vocals provided a welcome alternative to the
lip-sync trash of Milli Vanilli and the white-boy rap of Vanilla
Ice, and their looks and smooth ways made them instant teen idols.
Magazines outdid themselves trying to come up with ways to
categorize the four singers, and the results were pretty amusing:
Wanya was generally portrayed as the hyperactive one; Nate, the
serious one; Shawn, the mellow one; and Mike became known as the
Barry White of his generation. But they had already come up with
their own stage personas: Mike "Bass" McCary, Wanya
"Squirt" Morris, Shawn "Slim" Stockman, and Nate
"Alexander Vanderpool" Morris (the moniker belongs to a
character from Morris's favorite soap opera).

Boyz II Men II was recorded in a live-in studio called Granny's
House, located in the Southwest desert . The band had attempted to
record the album at home in Philly, but found that they were too
distracted by friends, family, and neighbors to get anything
accomplished. The first single from the album, "I'll Make Love
to You," was a Babyface collaboration, and it spent fourteen
weeks at
No. 1. The second, "On Bended Knee," a Jimmy Jam and Terry
Lewis collaboration, immediately followed the first to the top of
the chart, where it camped out for six weeks. Once again, the guys
were breaking records: charting two songs back-to-back in the No. 1
slot put the Boyz in a very small and select company of artists who
have accomplished the same feat--Elvis and the Beatles. The album
itself debuted at No. 1 in the States, becoming the first Motown
album to do so since Stevie Wonder's 1976 release Songs in the Key
of Life. The record sold an amazing six million copies worldwide
during its first four months in release, and eventually went on to
sell more than eleven million copies in the U.S. alone. Boyz II Men
II was followed by The Remix Collection in November of 1995.

The album included an edgy remix of "Vibin'" that featured
additional vocals from Treach, Craig Mack, Busta Rhymes, and Method
Man; it also included the No. 3-charting "Hey Lover," an
LL Cool J song for which the Boyz sang backing vocals. The band's
amazing chart success and massive sales numbers were made all the
sweeter when it racked up a slew of preeminent music awards,
including Grammy, American Music, Soul Train, and NAACP Image
honors. Boyz II Men performed before Pope John Paul II during his
1995 American visit, and sang the national anthem at the closing
ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996, the band was
inducted into the Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Following the release
of II, the Boyz took a year-and-a-half break before commencing work
on their next album.

Not that they didn't keep plenty busy: all of them bought houses and
spent time with their families; they also built their own recording
studio, Stone Creek, outside of Philadelphia. Stockman made his solo
debut on the soundtrack to Mr. Holland's Opus with the song
"Visions of a Sunset." Nate Morris opened a unisex hair
salon in Philadelphia called Morris' International Styling. At the
urging of their frequent collaborators, Babyface, Jimmy Jam, and
Terry Lewis, the Boyz tried their hand at producing on their next
album, Evolution, Which hit stores in September of 1997. The band
wrote or co-wrote ten of the thirteen tracks on the album, though
the first single, "4 Seasons of Loneliness," was written
by Jam and Lewis. Three of the tracks--"Come On,"
"Can't Let Her Go," and "To the Limit"--were
co-written and co-produced by the ubiquitous Sean "Puffy"
Combs. The Boyz commemorated their pre-fame Unique Attraction days
by including an a cappella version of "Can You Stand the
Rain," the song that first brought them to the attention of
Michael Bivins. All that remains to be seen is what records the Boyz
will break this time around.
Thanks to GarnetTearDrop@aol.com [Brittney] for submitting the
biography.
Source: http://boyziimen.com
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