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Boyz II Men: My Tribute

Updated on July 23, 2012
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Boyz II Men: Who Are They?

Journalist Patricia Smith writes, "The success of Boyz II Men is no fluke. It's odd, it's crazy, it's hard to believe, it's a one-in-a-million shot, but it's no fluke. Four determined young men just happened to be in the right place at the right time in front of the right person."

If you have visited my other music hub on the group Pentatonix, you will know that I decided to give tribute to a group that is not well known. For this music hub, I am paying tribute to one of the most well known R&B groups there ever was and still is. "What is R&B?, some of you may be thinking". Great question, I am glad you asked. I will be sharing more information on that later on.

I love groups that sing with unique style because so often, people sound like everyone else. There is no difference. "Unique" strikes a chord in me when I think about music. And that is exactly what Boyz II Men does for me. They are an amazing group with raw talent. Their harmonization is out of this world; their ability to blend, superb.

For some of you, who for some reason, have not heard of this talented group, have no fear. We will be going on a journey together, taking a glimpse at the adventure this group has had from their humble beginning back in 1988 til their ongoing success even now.

I hope you enjoy this tribute to a music group that is well deserving!

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Boyz II Men: Beginning Of Career And Motown Records

This Grammy Award winning group "Boyz II Men", originated back in 1988 in Philadelphia, PA with Marc Nelson, Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman,and Wanya Morris. They began singing for small time events until something magical happened. In 1989, the group snuck backstage after the performance of "New Edition" singer Michael Bivins. Immediately Bivins was impressed with their quality of music and began making plans to sign them up for a contract. Can you imagine getting a contract after singing one song? Well, that is exactly what happened for this lucky bunch.

Before being signed for their contract, Marc Nelson left the group to start a solo career. "Boyz II Men was signed by Motown Records in 1991 where they debuted their first album "Cooleyhighharmony" ("As the saying goes, "and the rest is history") In 1992, the group decided to tour with MC Hammer with his "2 Legit 2 Quit Tour". It was while on this tour, that the manager of Boyz II Men, Khalil Roundtree was murdered. The group then decided to dedicate one of their top song hits, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in the memory of Khalil.


Boyz II Men: Have A Look

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Boyz II Men: Members Bio

Since Marc Nelson left before their first album was recorded and produced, I will be excluding him from this section.


Michael McCary: (December 16, 1971 - Age 40)

While singing for the group, he acted as the bass and would oftentimes talk his words and give them their distinct sound and style. He unfortunately developed back problems in 2003, causing him to have to leave the group. "Boyz II Men" has been a trio ever since.

Nathan Morris: (June 18, 1971 - Age 41)

The oldest and founding member of the group began his career by singing at his local church and playing the trumpet. In the fourth grade, his musical talent was found by his teacher of his vocal class. The teacher was going over a song that he he taught the class a week earlier. As the teacher began playing the song, Morris raised his hand and let the teacher know that he was singing in a different key than he sang it a week earlier. Morris proceeded to sing it in the correct key, astounding the teacher.


Wanya Morris: (July 29, 1973 - Age 38)

Fellow founder of the group, Wanya brings his talented voice to the mix by providing the second tenor voice. This is otherwise known as the melody.

Shawn Stockman: (September 26, 1972 - Age 39)

Shawn Stockman is probably best known, outside of Boyz II Men, as his role of judge on the music show the Sing Off. The Sing Off is a show featuring only a capella groups, so having Stockman come in as a judge was a "no-brainer."




Boyz II Men: Dedication Song To Khail Roundtree

"Boyz II Men" decided to dedicate this song to their manager who died on their first music tour. This song contains some of the purest harmonies and blend ever heard before. It is such a relaxing song and one that will not disappoint you! This song will give you a taste of what this group has been and will always be capable of. This music is inspiring and majestic.

Boyz II Men: "It's Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"

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What Is R&B?

This acronym stands for "Rhythms and Blues" and is a genre of African-American music that began in the 1940's. Many people will argue that "Boyz II Men" has been the most successful R&B group up to date.

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Boyz II Men: Top Three Song's Praise

"End Of The Road"

When most people think of this group, this song comes to mind, deservedly so. "End of the Road" was used as part of the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy's movie "Boomerang". This song won several awards and instantly became a hit single for the group, while maintaining the number one spot on the pop charts for 13 weeks. This song beat the record set by Elvis Presley's dual single "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog." in 1956. "End of the Road" played a huge role in giving the group "star status", if you will.


"I'll Make Love To You"

I'll Make Love to You" traced the same track as the above song by speeding up the popular freeway. It hit the number one spot and remained there for 14 weeks. "Boyz II Men" must have become sick and tired of seeing "End Of the Road" being at number one and realized that they might as well break their record themselves, because no one else was doing it. So, that is exactly what they did with this song. (Whitney Houston did , however, come very close to beating this record with her song, "I Will Always Love You").

"One Sweet Day"

"One Sweet Day" is another one of those songs that comes to mind when someone hears the name "Boyz II Men". This song was sung alongside of Mariah Carey. I will not go into depth explaining who she is, because I assume everyone is very familiar with her. But, if you are not for some reason, let me know. Maybe I could write a hub on her! "One Sweet Day" hit the number one charts and stayed there for 16 weeks!

"Has the light bulb gone off yet?"

For those of you who wondering if I have lost my mind, I will explain. No this not a another title of a song by "Boyz II Men" This is just a funny way to show how popular this group was and still is today. Are you getting the picture of how amazing this group is? They broke their record twice for top hit singles. I am afraid you can not get much better than that when it comes to genuine music and art.

What Shawn Stockman Has To Say Regarding The Death Of Their Manager

"Khalil was more than just a road manager to us. He was a mother figure, father figure, technician, mechanic, scout. He was everything to us. He was like our dad. He did so much, we didn't have to think. All we did was sing, and dance. Which is one of the reasons why we think that he was taken away from us. It was like the Lord's way of saying that we had to learn a lot of things on our own. We wish he was still here, but we realize whyr we think we know whye was taken away. Because Khalil's death changed us as people. We had to be more responsible for our actions. And we're better people now. We're a lot wiser, and a lot smarter, and a lot more aware of our surroundings."

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Boyz II Men: Interesting Facts

1. The group technically began in 1986 under the name of "Unique Attractions". This group performed some small time events for their school and sang on on the street corners and subways.

2. Wanya, Nathan, Shawn and Michael attended the same musical school, which was Creative & Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia.

3. The term "doo hop" was coined after "Boyz II Men".

4. All of the members grew up in Philadelphia, PA.

5. The group quit the "2 Legit 2 Quit" tour for two weeks after the murder of their manager Khalil Roundtree.

6. Shawn Stockman's nickname is "Slim".

7. Nathan Morris's nickname is "Alex Vanderpool".

8. Wanya Morris's nickname is "Squirt".

9. Michael McCary's nickname was "Bass".

10. The group aired in a Christmas episode of "Fresh Prince of Belair", entitled, "Twas the Night Before Christening". Believe it or not, this song gives me goosebumps and sends shivers up my spine every time I listen to it.

11. This group is a four time Grammy Award winning music group.

12. "Boyz II Men" has sold over 60 million recordings.

13. They have all ready celebrated a 20 year anniversary as being together as a group. That is true loyalty and is one of the reasons that makes them unique when compared to other music groups. They have only lost one member, excluding Marc Nelson, in over 20 years!

14. In a typical year, the group has performed 150-200 concerts.

15. The group has become the third group ever to replace their own song at the top of the charts. The Beatles and Elvis Presley were the other artists that had previously accomplished this feat.




Boyz II Men With The "Biebs

Back in 2011, "Boyz II Men" teamed up with Justin Bieber for a Christmas Holiday Album. Here are some of the tweets that Justin Bieber tweeted regarding this amazing group, taken from CNN Entertainment.

1. "2day i woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing @BoyzIIMen are now on the christmas album singing with me. #DREAMBIG,”

2. "“i used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. that is how i learned how to sing. now im in the studio with them making music 2gether..."im telling you...never say never...never stop dreaming....never give up. #DREAMBIG. @BoyzIIMen Im honored and blessed. thank u."


"Boyz II Men" also appeared in Justin's Bieber's movie, "Never Say Never".



Boyz II Men: Classic Song

Enjoy this awesome song from "Boyz II Men". Brilliant harmonies and relaxing music throughout this song!

Boyz II Men Classic: "End Of The Road"

Boyz II Men: Why I love This Group

I love this group, because of their beautiful blend in harmony. Their music relaxes my soul. I love a cappella music as some of you all ready know. "Boyz II Men" has always been my favorite music group because of their ability to rely on each other to create wonderful music. No one overpowers another, but instead they work as a team. That is what music is all about. I have seen many fantastic groups suffer because of this one problem!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this tribute to "Boyz II Men". I can only hope that I have given them justice. They deserve a lot of credit for everything they have accomplished in the past 20+ years!

Until next time fellow hub friends! What should my next music hub be about? Any ideas? Feel free to suggest topics in the comments!




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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I don't know how I missed this but I love Boyz II Men as much as the 90s itself! They define so much about that time so anytime I hear their music I think of when I was a kid. Fortunately, I got to see them a couple of years ago in college and it was probably my favorite concert I've ever been to. I felt guilty since the campus only charged us a dollar to see them because it was worth so much more. It was beyond awesome to see them and I'd jump to see them again. Great hub, thank you for bringing back some awesome memories!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Keith,

      Thanks so much for your awesome comment! That song is so inspirational to me! :)

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Their tribute to Khalil definitely touches my heart every time I listen to it, Josh. This is a great hub for a great musical group! I remember one of my old friends showing me a couple of their songs and I loved that song in particular.

      Great Hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Thanks for your encouragement and compliment on this hub! It took me alot of time and research!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome! I've always loved their harmony. Hard to Say Goodbye...is probably my fave, but they have so many good ones. Cool that you appreciate them. Well done on this hub--all the research, photos, videos, layout. Great job!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Marlene,

      Yeah, I love their song in The Fresh Prince episode, the one of Silent Night. Amazing song by them!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      There are some other nice songs that you mentioned in your article. Nice tribute.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Marlene,

      That is awesome! :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I still have one of their CD's somewhere in my closet.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Marlene,

      That is awesome that you love them, they are an incredible group! What an awesome dedication song.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I love Boys II Men. My favorite song is End of the Road. Someone actually dedicated that song to me when I was 17.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelly,

      Thanks for the visit! Yes, they were and still are an amazing group!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      They are an awesome group! I guess I did kind of forget about them - I enjoyed the videos too! Great hub Josh:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Karen,

      Thanks I am glad you enjoyed this tribute. I put a lot of time and effort into it because they deserve it.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      Awesome tribute to a group that made my heart sing and put my soul to rest when I was a teenager. It was the only group my mother allowed me to listen to so I cherished their music.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Always,

      Thanks for the positive feedback! And I will take that into consideration!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great article about a group that was and is great. How about doing one on Elvis my man? ...

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mhatter99,

      Thanks bud! I spent a lot of time on this hub, so I am glad it is showing. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      good and thorough job on this. Thank you

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelley,

      Yes, the show is amazing! :) I love it! I put in a ton of work and I am glad you noticed! It means a lot to me! Take care Kelley!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Glad it brought back memories, Did the boy like you like? :) Glad you liked this hub and I hope it can get some good google hits!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Free2writ3,

      Yes, I definitely agree with your opinion, so let's make it a fact! LOL

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Beckie,

      That is awesome you have all of their CD's!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nancy,

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed this tribute! Yes, this group is amazing for sure!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      onw2get2no,

      Thanks buddy! Goad you enjoyed this tribute to a well deserving group!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Glad you enjoyed the videos! Yeah they were and are more popular over here. "End of the Road is an amazing song!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      M,

      Thanks for the feedback and you sister has good taste! :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Josh, I grew up listening to Boys II men and this was also a walk down memory lane to me. I'm going to have to check out the a Capella show. I also enjoy hearing harmony. Thanks for all the work you put into this hub! Voted up and interesting. Kelley

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wow, that was a walk back in time for me. I remember singing "End of the Road" at a karaoke bar with this guy who I was hoping liked me. I get put right back there when I hear that song. This hub is well researched Josh. Lots of facts, images, and videos. Looking good! I hope Google ranks this and your Pentatonix one on the first page for people looking for more information about this band. Voted up!

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      Free2writ3 5 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Aww, I love this hub..I miss boyz II men very much. In my opinion, they were one of the best if not the best R&B group during the 90's. Their music still lives on today and everytime I listen to their music, I have great memories.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Now you are talking!!! I have every CD they ever made and they were a huge band from my generation. Such memories when I play their music.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Love it Josh. Enjoyed the hub very much. Awesome group.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Great hub....thanks a lot. Voted up!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I like 'End of The Road' by them but I haven't really heard much of their stuff. I don't think they are as popular over here as in the States. I enjoyed the videos.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      my sister loves their song.. I think they're great! Wonderful tribute J!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Thanks so much friend! I am so glad you thought it was detailed. That was my goal! Yes, that is a another good song! Thanks for all of your encouragement!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      So glad you liked it! That would of been an awesome concert! :) Thanks so much Linda!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Made,

      You are welcome and i am glad you liked it. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joseph,

      Yes, that was also a great song from them1 Glad you enjoyed it and you are welcome!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      dwachira,

      Glad I could revisit some memories for you!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, I have to admit you did more than justice of this group. Totally learned more about them than already did know. I told you I was more than aware of them, because they truly were my generation of music. Loved this tribute and totally very detailed and quite informative. For some reason I cannot get the song Motown Philly out of my head this morning. Always loved that song and after reading this that is exactly what I was reminded of. Good memories, thanks for the walk down memory lane this morning!!! Voted up and shared too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome tribute to Boyz 2 Men. The boys and I go way back, lots of good memories. There isn't a song they sing that Sunshine doesn't like. When NKOTBSB performed in Orlando last year B2M were their surprise guest! The Orlando Arena was rocking with pop and R&B. Rocking hub Josh :)

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Wow, I had forgotten about Boyz II Men. They had wonderful voices. You never mentioned how good they looked. ;-) I really enjoyed reading this hub. Thank you for bringing back some good memories.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Wonderful tribute. I remember them from that 1992 album. Just cannot stop thinking of that song, " I'll make love to you." Actually my ex wife intoruduced them to me. I remember the grou Silk from that time. I'ts been 20 years, and you were only 2? Thanks Josh! did enjoy your work!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Thanks, I am glad you liked it! :). As always, I appreciate your support here!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi josh3418, you did take me down memory lane. Boys II Men group was our hero in High school. Everyone would struggle and cram their latest songs lyrics, Bended Knees, End of the road, Four seasons of loneliness.... and the list goes on. I agree this was a very successful R and B group. Great article, voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, this is great. The bassist in the group has now become a member of the group Rockapella. Go check it out! Thanks for the stellar facts, Josh!