Boyz II Men is one of the most memorable boy bands of the 1990s. The group churned out hit after hit, and they entertained thousands of people at their shows. However, despite all the time they spent in the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know about them. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Boyz II Men. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: They Broke a Record Previously Held by Elvis Presley. When Boyz II Men became famous, their hit single, “End of the Road,” remained number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks. The only person who was able to achieve such a feat before them was Elvis Presley.
Number Fourteen: They Then Went on to Break Their Own Record…Twice. With their singles “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day,” which featured Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men broke their previous Billboard record. “I’ll Make Love to You” stayed at number one on the charts for 14 weeks, and “One Sweet Day,” was number one for 16 weeks.
Number Thirteen: They Are Still Releasing Records. Though the group is now a trio, Boyz II Men released a record as recently as 2014. The album is called Collide.
Number Twelve: They Were Not Always Boyz II Men. Before they were Boyz II Men, the group called themselves Unique Attraction. The group was started by two friends – Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson – while they were at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, or CAPA.
Number Eleven: They Used to Rehearse in Bathrooms. Because of the excellent acoustics and lack of any other place to rehearse, the group would practice in the high school bathrooms, which was convenient, considering they all attended the same high school.
Number Ten: They Named Themselves After a New Edition Song. The group transitioned from Unique Attraction to Boyz II Men after hearing the New Edition song, “Boys to Men,” which was featured on their 1998 album.
Number Nine: They Broke the Rules. When Boyz II Men started out, they worked on equal footing. Rather than following the normal R&B grouping of one or two lead singers with many background singers, all four members of Boyz II Men were featured as leads.