New Edition is honored with the 2,600th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) – Former boy band New Edition received the 2,600th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday (January 23). Members Ronnie DeVoe, Rickey Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill were all on hand for the ceremony.
“This moment right here, I mean I want to just take a second just to take in the moment because see, it’s not just about that what we’re doing here, right. But, listen what other moment do we have to have all six of us together with our family, with our close friends, and with our fans all in one place? It doesn’t just happen like that. I don’t want us to take this for granted. This means so much to us, seriously,” said Bell.
Starting off as a Boston boy band in the early 1980s, New Edition had multiple early hits, including “Candy Girl” and “Mr. Telephone Man.”
Brown left the group in 1986 for a solo career. He was replaced by Gill, who helped the group earn their biggest-selling album, “Heartbreak,” which garnered three number one songs.
Members Bell, Bivins and DeVoe went on to create the group Bell-Biv-DeVoe in 1989, which had enormous success with their hit single “Poison.”
Many people credit New Edition for launching the modern boy band movement, setting the stage for acts like The Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, and Boyz II Men.
The group’s story has been made into a 3-part TV series, set to debut on network BET on January 24.