The Boys (American group)
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|Origin||Carson, California, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, new jack swing|
|Years active||1984–1993 (as The Boys)|
1999–present (as Suns of Light)
|Associated acts||Earth, Wind & Fire, Shanice, MC Trouble, Jason Weaver, Classic Example|
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Originating from Carson, California, the Boys are composed of brothers Khiry, Hakeem, Tajh and Bilal Abdulsamad. At first they performed as a boy band throughout Southern California as an act that incorporated R&B, hip hop and new jack swing. The Boys were eventually discovered by Jheryl Busby of MCA Records. MCA though were soon bought over by Motown and with Berry Gordy's retirement Busby became its new mogul. He soon got The Boys over to Motown where they issued their 1988 debut album, Messages from The Boys.
Their first single, "Dial My Heart" became an instant hit, charting at #1 and was soon followed by "Lucky Charm" which also reached #1 on the U.S R&B Chart. The album, produced by Babyface and L.A. Reid, was certified Platinum and peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200.
Their fourth single "Crazy" became their third R&B number one in the fall of 1990.
In 1992, production began on their third and final studio album, The Saga Continues. The album was a critical and commercial failure, reaching only #191 on the Billboard 200.
- Khiry "Khiry the King" Abdulsamad (born November 10, 1973)
- Hakeem "Hak/Hakim" Abdulsamad (born March 26, 1975) - starred in Ernest Goes to Camp", "Wildcats and voiced Franklin in This Is America, Charlie Brown.
- Tajh "TJ" Abdulsamad (born December 8, 1976)
- Bilal "Baby B" Abdulsamad (born April 17, 1979)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Albums|
|US Hot 100
|US Hot R&B|
|1988||"Dial My Heart"||13||1||Messages from The Boys|
|"A Little Romance"||—||29|
|"Heritage" with Earth, Wind & Fire||—||5||Heritage|
|1991||Thanx 4 the Funk||—||8||The Boys|
|"Thing Called Love||—||14|
|1992||"Tonite"||—||—||The Saga Continues...|
|"The Saga Continues..."||—||15|
|"Doin' It with the B"||—||—|