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Bands of Brothers

Boy bands have been around a while, but what makes them even more unique is when the boys in the band are brothers. Who are some of the top bands of brothers?

1. The Jackson 5- The Jackson Brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and of course Michael got their start in 1964. They performed together until 1989. The group was known for their R&B, soul, pop and later disco. This band of brothers was a pop-music phenomenon in the 70s bringing to popularity the idea of family bands. Some of their top songs were “ABC”, “I’ll Be There” and “Dancing Machine.” Not only was the band a success, but the brothers also served as the first black teen idols. In 1976 the band left their label Motown and were forced to change their name. At the time Jermaine was replaced with his younger brother Randy. Later, independent careers were launched from the group, primarily by Michael Jackson, who went on to be a huge success.

2. Menudo – This Puerto Rican teen band was formed in the 1970s initially with two groups of brothers. They included Ricky Melendez, Carlos Meledez, Oscar Melendez, Fernando Salaberry and Nefty Sallaberry. The band achieved great success during the 80s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen group of the era. Their album Quiero Ser launched the group into stardom. Members of the band began getting replaced as the years went on. The last original member Ricky Melendez was replaced in 1984 by Ricky Martin. Martin’s career began from the band as he later went on to be a huge independent success.

3. Hanson – Brothers Isaac Hanson, Jordan Hanson and Zac Hanson formed this group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their career hit a high in 1997 with the hit song “MMMBp” earning them three Grammy nominations. The three young boys sang a capella recording popular songs like “Rockin Robin” and even their own material. All three boys started their careers as pianists. Isaac later began playing the guitar and Zac the drums. Creating their own garage band, they recorded two independent albums in 1994 and 1996. The boys were signed by Mercury Records after performing at the Kansas State Fair.

4. The Jonas Brothers – Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas make up this American pop rock boy band. The Disney Channel helped bring this band to its early popularity. The boys also started in the Disney movie “Camp Rock.” The band has released four albums; It’s About Time, Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer and Lines, Vines and Trying Times. In 2008 the group was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 51st Grammy Awards. They have sold over eight million albums worldwide.

5. The Naked Brothers Band – The band consists of brothers Nat and Alex Wolff. The boys began singing in preschool with friends, calling themselves The Silver Boulders. Nat wrote his first song titled “Mama Don’t Let me Cry” at the age of five. Nat was inspired by his jazz pianist-composer father Michael Wolff and music by The Beatles. The band name was coined when the boys as toddlers used to jump out of the bathtub shouting, “We’re the naked brothers band.” The boys were part of a mock documentary, filming them as if they were huge like The Beatles. Film production took place in the family’s apartment in New York City – Nat was 9 and Alex was 6-and-a-half. The film’s notoriety got hem signed with Nickelodean who put together a TV series “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie”.

The boys started their first national-tour around the country called Nat & Alex Wolff: Fully Clothed and On Tour, in 2008.

Boy bands most likely will be around for a long time and bands when the boys are related makes it even a more unique phenomena.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Battle of the Boy Bands

In the mid to late 90s a modern style band hit the music scene. We were introduced to contemporary, pop style boy bands. The music charts were topped with singles from NSYNC, the Backstreet boys, and 98 Degrees. There were rivalries from fans and they argued which boy band was better, more famous, had better music, and who had better looking members. NSYNC and the Backstreet boys got more hype and popularity than 98 Degrees did, but they held their own in the battle of the boy bands. As the members grew up, the bands faded away. Some members from the groups tried as solo careers. Some made it big and others are just a memory from our past. Here is a look back at the boy bands from the 90s.

NSYNC was comprised of members: Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass. They are a pop group that formed in 1995 out of Florida. Worldwide, they have sold nearly 60 million albums. However, they didn’t sell as many albums as the Backstreet Boys. They recorded under the labels RCA and Jive Records. They produced their first album in 1995 and the band officially broke up and went their separate ways in 2002. Justin and JC were the lead vocals for the group, but everyone sang and harmonized together. They were incredible pop dancers and their concerts sold out all over the world. They toured all over the world for four years starting in 1998. They released four albums which were called: NSYNC, Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, and Celebrity.

The boy band that sold the most albums worldwide was the Backstreet Boys, and to date have sold 130 million albums. Like NSYNC they also formed in Florida, and their group members were: Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough. They recorded under Jive Records label. All seven of their albums reached the number one position on the Billboard music charts. Their albums are titled: Backstreet Boys, Backstreet’s Back, Millennium, Black and Blue, Never Gone, Unbreakable, and This is Us. They have been touring for more than ten years, and their most current tour is called This Is Us Tour which will wrap up in the spring of this year. Interestingly, both the Backstreet boys and NSYNC had the same founder, Lou Pearlman.

Another boy band to hit the scene during this time was 98 Degrees. They were formed on the opposite side of the country as the other two bands. The group consisted of brothers Drew and Nick Lachey and two other members Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. They recorded under the labels Universal and Motown and released five albums called: 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees and Rising, This Christmas, Revelation, and the Collection. Unlike the other two boy bands that created pop music, 98 Degrees incorporated R&B, soul, urban, and contemporary sounds into their music genre. They were a boy band in nature but wanted to separate themselves from NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. They focused on writing their own music and staying in tune with a unique more urban sound.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.