The Boys (American group)

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The Boys are an American R&B boy band.[1]

The Boys
OriginCarson, California, U.S.
GenresR&B, new jack swing
Years active1984–1993 (as The Boys)
1999–present (as Suns of Light)
LabelsMotown
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire, Shanice, MC Trouble, Jason Weaver, Classic Example
MembersKhiry Abdulsamad
Hakeem Abdulsamad
Tajh Abdulsamad
Bilal Abdulsamad

BiographyEdit

Originating from Carson, California, the Boys are composed of brothers Khiry, Hakeem, Tajh and Bilal Abdulsamad. Their parents are Angela Satterwhite and Jabari Abdulsamad. Jabari's original name was Jerry Brown, but he didn't want that slave last name to be passed down to his children. " Khiry was that overbearing big brother borderline bully-ish kinda " stated by Hakeem. "Hakeem has always been very creative though at times he was the type to throw temper tantrums " stated by Bilal. "Tajh was a tattletail he was not the favorite brother at all" stated by Khiry. "Bilal was like our guinea pig cause he was the baby of the bunch" stated by Tajh. " I was training them to be men at a young age " Jabari stated. Outside of home, Angie and Jabari kept them in a variety of activities. Their Grandmother taught them singing, dancing, and acting. In the summer of 1984, ages 5 to 10 The Boys put all that talent together and headed down to the Venice Beach port walk in hopes of earning money for a Father's Day gift. " I think that day we made like 60 bucks and then after that we took our dad up to dinner and so afterwards he asked us you guys wanna do this on a regular basis? " Said Tajh. They said yes why not? First year they made about 12,000, second year they made 24,000 just in those 3 months. Eventually they started their own business called " The Boys Party Affair Rentals ". They did parties, bar mitzvahs, and weddings etc. They also started doing Tv shows like " Gimme A Break.[1]

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. In 1991 they performed Crazy.

MembersEdit

  • 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)

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DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year[1] Single[1] Peak chart positions Albums[1]
US Hot 100
[3]
US Hot R&B
[4]
AUS[5]
1988 "Dial My Heart" 13 1 Messages from The Boys
1989 "Lucky Charm" 1
"Happy" 57
"A Little Romance" 29
1990 "Crazy" 29 1 65 The Boys
"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"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Boys". Allmusic.com.
  2. ^ "Hakeem Abdulsamad". imdb.com.
  3. ^ "The Boys: Hot 100". Billboard.com.
  4. ^ "The Boys: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard.com.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.