Culturelist: Breakout Stars Of Boy Bands Past

CultureList: Breakout Stars Of Boy Bands Past
It was only a matter of time before these spotlight crooners stepped into the solo scene.
R. Kelly - Publc Announcement
The Chicago bred singer soared to Grammy winning heights after parting ways with this backing group Public Announcement in 1993.
Bobby Brown - New Edition
What lead bad boy Bobby Brown to depart from New Edition is still up for question. However, the decision to split was clearly his prerogative. He went on to have three hit solo albums, and record a slew of New Jack swing classics.
Raphael Saadiq - Tony! Toni! Ton!, The Ummah, Lucy Pearl
Saadiq seamlessly floated from group to group throughout the 90's until breaking out solo in 2002. Since then he has released four critically acclaimed album, including the his most recent, 2011s Stone Rollin .
Slim - 112
After five successful albums with R&B group 112, Marvin "Slim" Scandrick's 2008 solo debut album Love Crazy, featuring the breakout hit "So Fly," was proof enough that this 'Bad Boy' could hold it down on his own.
Q Parker - 112
Q Parker's debut solo project The MANual officially dropped in late 2012. However, with rumors of a 112 reunion currently circulating the music scene, this breakout crooner's solo fame just might be shortlived.
Marques Houston - IMX
With the help of his 2003 effort, MH, Houston successfully ditched his 'immature' roots for a more grown and sexy sound. "Pop That Booty" and the Joe Budden assisted cut "Clubbin, were instant radio hits.
Bobby Valentino - Mista
Bobby V's break out 2005 hit "Slow Down," off his debut self-titled album, earned the ATL crooner crediblity as solo artist. However, rumors has it that Bobby V and his Mista bandmates just may reunite for a joint project in the near future.
Dave Hollister - Blackstreet
Much like his cousin, K-Ci, Dave Hollister too left his 90's R&B group Blackstreet to pursue a solo career. His '99 Ghetto Hymns went ceritfied gold.
K-Ci - K-Ci & JoJo
No clue if K-Ci waited "All [his] Life" to breakout as a solo act, however when he finally did in 2006 with My Book , he did not disappoint.
Michael Jackson - The Jackson Five
The young prince of the Jackson Five grew to be affectionately known and loved as the irrefutable King Of Pop.
Lionel Richie - Commodors
The chart-topping success of "Endless Love," Richie's duet with fellow Motown Records star Diana Ross, is what influenced the Commodors singer and saxaphonist to go solo.
Sisqo - Dru Hill
Sisqo quite literally 'Unleashed The Dragon' in 1999. His solo debut, which featured the mega hit "Thong Song" introduced the Baltimore native to an international audience.
David Ruffin - The Temptations
Even as the lead vocalist on classic tunes such as "My Girl" and "Aint Too Proud To Be," being just one of the "Classic Five" wasn't enough for the singer. Ruffin broke solo ground in 1969, with My Whole World Ended and Feelin' Good .
Ronald Isley - Isley Brothers
Arguably the most famous of the Isley band of brothers, Ronald Isleys first music charting solo effort came in 2010, by way of Mr.I . However, thanks to his unforgettable duets with fellow solo star R.Kelly, he will now and forever be affectionately regarded as musics official 'Mr. Biggs.'
Omarion - B2K
Like many boy band lead vocalists, Omarion's star quality was heavily apparent. His transition from frontman to solo artist was not only predictable, but also highly welcomed.
Gerald Levert - Levert
In between group gigs (Levert & LSG), the vibrant vocalist released a slew of solo efforts, including Private Line ('91), Groove On ('94) and G ('99).
Eddie Kendricks - The Temptations
Kendricks and his signature falsetto brokeout onto the solo scene in 1971, with a debut album fittingly titled "All By Myself."
Teddy Pendergrass - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Teddy's 1977 self-titled solo debut, featuriing single "I Don't Love You Anymore" was a disco dancefloor hit.


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