Ronnie DeVoe At 50: “It’s A Blessing”
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It’s been more than 40 years since the super group, New Edition came on the seen as a teen pop group sensation with hits like “#CandyGirl,” “#CanYouStandTheRain” and “You’re Not My Kind Of Girl.” It’s hard to believe that Ronnie DeVoe is turning 50 (yes, 50) in 2017.
DeVoe was the second-to-last member to join New Edition (#JohnnyGill being the last) after being brought in by his uncle and the group’s choreographer, #BrookePayne. In 1981, the group took second place at a talent show which caught the eye of record producer, Maurice Starr, who signed them to his #Streetwiserecordlabel. New Edition went on to become the biggest-selling #boybandgroup from the mid to late 1980s.
After New Edition’s 1990 breakup, Devoe and fellow New Edition members, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, formed the R&B/hip-hop group, Bell Biv DeVoe. Bell Biv DeVoe’s 1990 debut album, #Poison, sold more than 5 million copies and garnered five hit singles such as “Poison” and “#B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?”. “It is a great blessing to know that as New Edition we were #trendsetters,” DeVoe remembers. “And then in 1989 when word got out that NE were going their separate ways but #MichaelBivens, #RickyBell and Ronnie Devoe were getting together to form a group. We were trend setters.
We took #music in another direction. And a lot of hip hop and R&B has been building off of that. It’s a sense of accomplishment to know that we were there, along with a couple other groups before the #recordindustry took that shift. But you can definitely see the influence in the (#hiphop/#R&B) genre today. No matter what club we go to around the country…18 + or 35+, we hear it in the club and it bang today like it banged 20 years ago. It’s a real blessing.” Like with many of his fellow bandmates, New Edition was not the end of DeVoe’s career.
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