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. 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.[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.

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)

[1][2]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

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