Category: Boy Band


L.A. Boppers

la-boppersThe L.A. Boppers were an R&B\funk band from Los Angeles, California.They first started out as a backing band for music group Side Effect and were originally called “The Be-Bop Band”.

Augie Johnson (who was the leader of Side Effect) was able to get them a record deal with Fantasy Records in 1978. The first-line-up consisted of Robert Griffin, Kenny Davis, Ed Riddick, Ed Luna and Vance Tenort.

During that same year, the band released their debut album “The Boppers”. The album wasn’t quite successful and the only single to chart from the album was the song “There She Goes Again” peaked at #90 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
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By 1980, the band signed to Mercury Records and changed their name to the L.A. Boppers. The line-up was also changed and it consisted of Vance Tenort, Gerry Davis, Ed Riddick, Kenny Styles, Michael Stanton and Stan Martin. During that same year, they released their self-titled sophomore album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
is-this-the-bestThe lead single from the album “Is This the Beat (Bop-Doo-Wah)” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. The follow-up singles “Watching Life” and “Be-Bop Dancer” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

In 1981, the L.A. Boppers released their third album “Bop Time.” The only single to chart was a cover version of the Delfonics’ song “La La Means I Love You” which peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
make-mine-bopAfter that, the band moved on to MCA Records and released their last album to date “Make Mine Bop.”
where-do-bop-goThe only single to chart from the album was “Where Do the Bop Go” which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. After that, the L.A. Boppers disbanded and seemingly faded into obscurity.

According to the soulwalking.co.uk website, Vance Tenort was still writing & producing music & worked for Ford Cosworth Racing. It’s unknown if he’s still active in music these days or what the other members of the band are up to.

To see a fan-made video for “There She Goes Again” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Be-Bop Dancing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Is This the Best (Bop-Doo-Wah)”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Watching Life,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “La La Means I Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Where Do the Bop Go?,” go to:

No Authority

image No Authority was a boy band from the late 90s/early 2000s from Southern California.

The original line-up consisted of Ric Felix (born Ricky Godinez on December 2, 1980), Josh Keaton (born on February 8, 1979 in Pasadena, California), Danny Zavatsky (born on June 1, 1982 in Long Beach, California) and Eric Stretch (born on June 22, 1980 in Yorba Linda, California).

The group performed locally for a few years and then, their manager Richard Walters managed to get their demo tape to Michael Jackson’s record label, MMJ Music.

The label’s executives Jono Kohan and Jerry Greenberg passed the tape to Michael who signed them to his label.
image In October of 1997, they released their debut single “Don’t Stop” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, but missed the Hot 100.
image In November of that same year, the group’s debut album “Don’t Stop” was released. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
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image The follow-up singles “Up and Down” and “One More Time” failed to make the charts at all. Josh later left the group and was replaced by new member Tommy McCarthy.

No Authority later left their label and signed with Madonna’s Maverick Records label.
imageIn July of 2000, No Authority’s self-titled sophomore album was released, managing to peak at #18 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

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The only single to chart was “Can I Get Your Number” which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. imageAnother single “What I Wanna Do” flopped. The group was featured on the “Rugrats in Paris” movie soundtrack. Eventually, No Authority faded into obscurity.

These days, Rick (now known as Ricky Rebel) is pursuing a solo music career. Eric is performing on Broadway, having starred in the plays “La Cage aux Folles” and “Wicked.”

Tommy is the venue relations manager at Goldstar Events, the owner of SnackyShack and is also a songwriter.

Josh continues to be active in acting, voice-over work and music. It’s unknown what Danny is up to these days.

To see the music video for “Don’t Stop,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Up and Down,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “One More Time,” go to:

To see the music video for “Can I Get Your Number,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What I Wanna Do,” go to:

N-Toon

imageN-Toon was an R&B boy band from Atlanta, Georgia. The members consisted of Lloyd Polite (born Lloyd Polite Jr. on January 3, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana), his younger brother Chuckie D. Reynolds, Justin Clark & Everett Hall.

The group was created by Joyce Irby (a former member of the band Klymaxx) in 1996. She searched through the phone books in Atlanta & discovered Everett, Justin & Lloyd at the Wings of Faith Ministries in the city. Chuckie joined the group later on.
imageIn 1999, the group released their debut single “Shoulda Been My Girl” on DreamWorks Records which didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
imageTheir follow-up single “Ready” peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

imageOn March 21, 2000, N-Toon released their only album “Toon Time.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The album was recorded between 1997 and 1999. It also featured producers such as Dallas Austin & Christopher “Tricky” Stewart.

N-Toon appeared on Radio Disney’s “Peanut Butter n’ Jam Summer Concert in the Park” series.

During that same year, their record label crossed over into Geffen Records & many artists (including N-Toon) on the roster were let go. By 2001, N-Toon disbanded.

These days, Lloyd has a solo music career.

Everett is the co-founder at Extra Terrestrial Graphics in South Carolina and works at SoundWalk Music Group, LLC. He has traveled the world as a singer, songwriter, worship leader & conference speaker.

It appears that Justin continues to sing. It’s unknown what Chuckie is up to these days.

To see the music video for “Ready,” go to:

To see a video for “Shoulda Been My Girl,” go to:

Five

Five were an English boyband from the late 90’s\early 00’s that achieved moderate success in the United States.

The members consisted of Scott Robinson (born on November 22, 1979 in Essex, England), Ritchie Neville (born on August 23, 1979 in Solihull, England), Jason “J’ Brown (born on June 13, 1976 in Hampshire, England), Abs Breen (born on June 29, 1979 in Enfield, London, England), and Sean Conlon (born on May 20, 1981 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England).

The band was formed in 1997 after an advertisement in the UK performing arts newspaper, “The Stage” asked for young male singers\dancers to audition for a boyband-style group with “attitude & edge.” Bob and Chris Hebert (who created the Spice Girls) thought that the time was right for a boyband.

There were over 3,000 participants which were finally narrowed down to 14. Scott, Richie, J,  Abs, and Sean arranged themselves into a group while waiting for their audition and they were subsequently signed to BMG\RCA Records for a 6-album deal.

In November of 1997, Five released their debut single, “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” which managed to peak at #10 on the UK Singles chart. The song sold around 500,000 copies worldwide. In the United States, the song managed to peak at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100, was featured in the Disney Channel movie, “Smart House” and was chosen as the new theme song for the NBA at the time.

Their second single, “When the Lights Go Out” became a hit, peaking at #4 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song became Five’s only highest chart appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #10 and spending 6 months on the chart.

“When the Lights Go Out” was certified Gold and the band went on an 8-day tour to promote their upcoming debut album. They appeared in a concert special on Disney Channel with B*Witched in Times Square in New York City and appeared on MTV’s TRL.

In 1998, Five released their self-titled debut album which topped the UK Albums charts. In the US, the album peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

Five’s third single, “Got the Feelin” peaked at #3 on the UK Singles chart which became their highest charting single in the UK until their next single. The song was moderately successful in Australia, Europe, Oceania, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Their fourth single, “Everybody Get Up” which peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart. The song topped the charts in New Zealand and was moderately successful internationally. The single was certified Silver in the UK, selling over 200,000 copies.

Five’s fifth single, “It’s the Things You Do” was released only in the United States, but managed to peak at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The last single from the album, “Until the Time is Through” peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart. They went on tour with *NSYNC before pulling out due to exhaustion and going back to England to work on their sophomore album. 

The first single from their upcoming sophomore album, “If Ya Gettin’ Down” peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart and became their second #1 hit in New Zealand. The song was certified Silver in the UK and Platinum in Australia.

Their second single, “Keep on Movin” topped the UK Singles chart and became the 16th biggest-selling boyband single of the 90’s in the UK, selling 421,000 copies. It was certified Gold in the UK and was successful in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and Belgium.

In November 1999, Five released their sophomore album, “Invincible” which peaked at #4 on the UK Albums chart. In the United States, the album charted at a disappointing #108 on the Billboard 200.

The third single from the album, “How Do Ya Feel” was a part of a nationwide promotion for Pepsi Music, which is a company set up to raise money for the third world. Because the single was part of the promotion, it was uneligible to chart on the UK Singles chart.

The fourth single, “Don’t Wanna Let You Go” peaked at #9 on the UK Singles chart, lasting on the charts for 12 weeks.

In March 2000, Five opened at the BRIT Awards with Queen and performed an updated version of Queen’s song, “We Will Rock You.” The song topped the charts in the UK and Five won their first BRIT Award for “Best Pop Act.”

Five went on a world tour, performing concerts in the UK, Europe, Russia, and Australasia. On their South American concert, only four of the members performed because Ritchie got the chicken pox and had to be flown back to England.

After their tour was done, Five continued to perform in concerts in the UK and a reissue of “Invincible” included remixed versions, live tracks, and a bonus track called “Don’t Fight it Baby.” It was due to be released in the United States, but the song was pulled from release after Five was dropped from their stateside record label, Arista Records. Due to problems with their Asian record company, Five canceled their Asian tour.

Five continued to win awards in the UK and Europe and in December of 2000, they launched their second big tour in their home country. In January of 2001, Five performed at “Rock in Rio” in Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, performing to an audience of half a million people.

In May of 2001, after months of writing & recording, and “developing their personal sound,” Five’s third album, “Kingside” was completed. Just when they were about to begin filming the music video for the first single from the album, “Let’s Dance,” Sean got sick with glandular fever and in the music video, a life-sized cardboard image of Sean was featured.

“Let’s Dance” topped the UK Singles chart and was the last music video the band had recorded together. The song was certified Gold in Australia and became their last #1 hit in the UK.

There were rumors that Sean left the band and Richie said in an interview several years later that the band’s management kept Sean’s departure from Five a secret so they were not aware that Sean had left when they were filming the “Let’s Dance” music video.

Scott temporarily left the band to be with his pregnant fiancee, Kerry Oaker, who was having complications in her pregnancy. Their son, Brennan Rhys was born 5 weeks premature on July 11, 2001. J, Abs, and Richie continued on with heavy promotion of their third album and the “Let’s Dance” single.

While performing in a concert in Belgium in July 2001, Ritchie tore the tendons in his left foot which put a halt on all promotion and prompted the band to have a few meetings to re-think about their future and options.

In August 2001, Five’s third album, “Kingside” was released, peaking at #3 on the UK Albums chart. In September 2001, after a month of meetings with their management, Five announced that they would officially disband. A day after the band broke up, Scott married his fiancee, Kerry and his former bandmates attended the wedding.

In November 2001, a double “A”-side single, “Rock the Party\Closer to Me” was released and their greatest hits album soon followed.

Abs, Richie, and Sean moved on to solo music careers while Scott worked as a radio DJ in 2002. Scott also appeared in the UK regional theater musical “Boogie Nights 2” from 2004 to 2005. In September 2006, Scott’s second son was born.

J Brown had disappeared from the public view for nearly 4 years, but he now works as   as a writer & producer. In 2007, he placed 3rd in the British reality show, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”

In September of 2006, Abs, Ritchie, Scott, and J reformed Five (without Sean) with a new management team. They secured a new tour, but due to lack of interest from record labels, Five announced on their official website that they would disband once again.

Today, Abs Breen (now Abz Love) is still continuing his solo career and working on a finalising a range of environmentally-friendly toilet products, called “Abz-a-Lootly” which will be available in ASDA stores nationwide in March of 2012.

In 2007, Richie Neville appeared on the UK reality show, “Cirque de Celebrité” and dated singer\actress Billie Piper. In 2008, Ritchie married Australian model Emily Scott, but split up 4 months later due to allegations of violence.

Scott Robinson lives in Pitsea, Essex, England with his wife and 2 sons. In 2008, Scott appeared on the BBC reality show, “Celebrity Scissorhands.”

Sean Conlon has been pursuing a solo career as an R&B\soul\jazz singer\pianist in London and was signed a recording contract with Sony, but was later dropped from the label.

To see the music video for “Slam Dunk (Da Funk),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZUZx-8–0c

To see the music video for “When the Lights Go Out,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpdcKmaHk_s&ob

To see the music video for “Got the Feelin,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opQQ2mbXuwI&ob

To see the music video for “Everybody Get Up,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZUn-KtTNmA&ob

To see the music video for “It’s the Things You Do,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9MTF_oGzFQ

To see the music video for “Until the Time is Through,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIVWxgEWGVQ&ob

To see the the music video for “If Ya Gettin’ Down,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyub2Nlbg6U

To see the music video for “Keep on Movin,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbWJVult-9M

To see the music video for “How Do Ya Feel,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxBcJZF3aDU

To see the music video for “Don’t Wanna Let You Go,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pyJ5cU6WoM&ob

To see the music video for Five and Queen’s version of “We Will Rock You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIV2SkMwesU&ob

To see the music video for “Let’s Dance,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcr52GgWjk0&ob

To see the music video for “Closer to Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wL-Z71kAvA&ob

To see the music video for “Rock the Party,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a6ILOg3kQU&ob

Youngstown

Youngstown was a boy band from the late 90’s\early 00’s that consisted of members James Dallas, David “DC” Yeager, and Sam Lopez. The band’s name comes from their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

In the summer of 1999, Youngstown’s first single, “I’ll Be Your Everything” peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured on the “Inspector Gadget” movie soundtrack.

During the fall of that same year, the band released their debut album, “Let’s Roll” which peaked at #96 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart. The album featured the theme song to the Disney Channel series, “The Famous Jett Jackson” called “It’s Not What You Think.”

In 2001, Youngstown released their last album to date, “Down for the Get Down” which failed to make the charts. They were featured on “The Princess Diaries” soundtrack with the song, “Away with The Summer Days.” After that, the band eventually broke up and went their separate ways.

DC is pursuing a solo music career. James is married to Ali Navarro (who was a member of girl group, Nobody’s Angel) and is currently producing music with his brother-in-law, Josh Keaton. It’s unknown what Sam Lopez is up to these days.

To see DC Yeager’s MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/dcyeagermusic

To see the music video for “I’ll Be Your Everything,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NprJcyoySFk

To see the music video for “It’s Not What You Think,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr6ZQCQBr0k