Bobby Brown









Bobby Brown

was born as Robert Barisford Brown on February 5, 1969 in Roxbury which is a suburb in Boston, Massachusetts. He started singing with school friends, Michael Bivins and Ronnie Bell in 1978. The group later included Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie Devoe. His career began with the band, New Edition,.in 1980. Some of the top hits of his time were Cool It Now, Mr. Telephone man, Is This the End, and Candy Girl. These were hits he shared with the New Edition group. They got a deal with MCA record producers. New edition replaced Bobby with Johnny Gill who was a long time friend of the group. He was kicked out of the group later because of his bad behavior.

He started a solo career in 1986 and had 10 Top 10 Billboard hits in a row. He is known as and American grammy Award winner for his R&B singing, songwriting, and also for his dancing. In 1986 Bobby released his debut solo album, King of Stage, but it did not make a name for Bobby but his song Girlfriend, did make a hit. And also a moderate hit was, The Girl Next Door, in 1987. Bobby’s manager was George Smith after he left the New Edition group and Bobby was working on his, Don’t be Cruel, album. The album sold over 12 million copies and Smith was the main reason for this. He spearheaded Bobby’s career and used his own retail, radio, and marketing to help Bobby succeed. He financed, mentored, implemented, and orchestrated Bobby’s career until he was a success. Bobby even lived with George for a while in his estate in Danville, California.

Bobby’s, Don’t be Cruel ig hit and sold over 7 million copies which made Bobby a superstar. He had the backup help of L. A. Reid, Babyface, and Teddy Riley. He also wrote the theme song for Ghostbusters II. He released the number 2 hit, On Our Own and We’re Back the same year. He also had the pop hit, She Ain’t Worth It. His songs were part of the new Jack Swing Movement in the late 1980's. In 1989 Bobby met Whitney Houston at the Soul Train Music Awards and in 1992 they were married. In this same time period, Bobby reunited with his original group, New Edition. Bobby’s singing success continued and he also did some acting and starred in a few movies. He also spent 65 days in jail in 2000. He was working on a new album in 2001 but suffered a seizure but in 2002 his 4 th album was released. In October of 2004 Bobby’s, Don’t be Cruel, appeared in the popular video game Grand theft Auto. Bobby is slated to record and release a new album, along with his New Edition group, in 2009.