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New Edition to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017

by Todd A. Smith

 

New Edition consists of (L-R) Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant (Photo Credit: Adrienee Battistella/Invision for Essence/AP Images).

 

A Year to Remember

 

The year 2017 is shaping up to be the best ever for the original boy band New Edition.


First, BET will release a three-part miniseries on their turbulent but successful career.


Crooner Johnny Gill has hinted at a possible album to accompany the release of the miniseries.


Now, the Hollywood Walk of Fame will also honor the sextet with its own star next year according to an Instagram post by New Edition member Michael Bivins Tuesday.


New Edition consists of Ricky Bell, Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Gill and Ralph Tresvant.


New Edition burst onto the R&B scene in 1983 with their hit single and album “Candy Girl.”


After a split from Streetwise Records and the musician that discovered them, Maurice Starr, New Edition signed with MCA Records and released their self-titled album in 1984.


That album produced hits like “Cool it Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Lost in Love.”


The group kicked Brown out of the group in 1985 and he began a solo career in 1986.


Brown’s biggest solo hit was “My Prerogative” in 1988.


Tresvant went solo in 1990 with hits such as “Sensitivity.”


Bell Biv DeVoe formed a trio and released the hit album “Poison” in 1990.


And Gill reignited his solo career in 1990 as well, releasing such hits as “Rub You The Right Way” and “My, My, My.”


All six members reunited in 1996 for the “Home Again” album and again in 2004 with the “One Love” album, sans Brown.


The group continues to pack concert venues throughout the world 33 years after they first burst onto the scene.


This article was published on Tuesday 28 June, 2016.
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