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Bobby Brown

Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in the suburb of Roxbury. He began singing with schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell in 1980. The group, which would later include Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe, developed into New Edition and, after a few talent show wins, they were discovered by producer Maurice Starr. Starr signed the group to his label and co-authored its debut hit, "Candy Girl", in 1983, which helped get New Edition a deal with MCA. Along with "Candy Girl", Brown and New Edition scored several other pop and R&B hits in the early 1980s, including "Mr. Telephone Man", "Cool It Now", and "Is This The End?". After a few years of teen stardom, Brown longed to move on to an adult solo career. His disruptive behavior led to Brown being kicked out of New Edition in 1986; he was replaced by Johnny Gill. Brown released his debut solo album, ''King of Stage'', in 1987, and while it didn't make a name for Brown as a pop star, it did spawn a major R&B hit in the ballad "Girlfriend." Overall though, ''King of Stage'' gave little indication that Brown was about to become a breakout star on the cutting edge of modern R&B.

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