Boyz II Men got their name from a song they did, they were discovered, worked, and looked up to them, and New Kids On The Block were created to be the white version of them, (yes this is entirely true but nothing is better than the original :-)), New Edition literally inspired the groups after them, and even my beloved Backstreet Boys took some cues from them, and how could they not? Where B2M were the smooth groove group with their love ballads, NE was the smooth groove group with their up tempos and dancing. Please watch "If It Isn't Love" and "Hit Me Off" to understand where I'm coming from. That's not to say that they couldn't do some ballads and rip it, "Can You Stand the Rain" is one of them. And PLEASE let's not get it twisted! Destiny's Child were not the first group to; be a group go solo, be a group, and be a stepping song for Beyonce. New Edition had this down pat, they formed in 1978! They went solo in early 90s, Ralph Tresvant as a solo singer, of course Bobby Brown who had big success and Johnny Gill who was right behind and of course, Bell Biv Devoe, they came back, hit it big, again! And haven't broken up, still recording and touring, they're one of the few groups from back in the day still doing what they do.
"Chaka, Chaka, Chaka, Chaka Khan" What happens when you record a song Prince wrote, Melle Mel rap, keys and guitar by The System and legendary Stevie Wonder playing harmonica? You get a Grammy, which is what girlfriend, Chaka Khan got in 1985 for her hit (which Prince recorded on a 1978 album) in 1984, "I Feel For You". I have always liked the song and how can anyone just sit there and bob their head? It's hot! This woman is the hit singer! "I'm Every Woman (redone by the lovely Whitney), and of course "Tell Me Something Good". Her big hair and smile is as legendary as she is (like Tina and her legs). She's rocked it for decades and will continue to rock hair and all.