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Baha Men

Also known as Men of The Bahamas, Bahamian Ambassadors, Bahama Boys
Origin New Providence, Bahamas
Genres World music, junkanoo, dance, pop, reggae fusion
Years active 1980–present
Labels EMI/S-Curve, Sony Music Entertainment/Latin America, Rough Trade Records
Members Rik Carey
Isaiah Taylor
Dyson Knight
Colyn “Moe” Grant
Anthony “Monks” Flowers Leroy “Breaka” Butler
Patrick Carey
Jeffery Chea
Herschell Small
Past members Nehemiah Hield
Anwar Rolle
James “funky boi” Morrison
Cedric Poitier
Marvin Prosper Knowles
Omerit Hield
Ryan Andrews (deceased)
Baha Men are a Bahamian world music band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called junkanoo. They are best known for their 2000 hit single “Who Let the Dogs Out?”.

En Vogue


(left to right) Rhona Bennett, Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis
Background information
Origin Oakland, California, United States
R&B dance-pop pop soul
Years active 1989–present
Atlantic EastWest Discretion 33rd Street Rufftown Pyramid
Terry Ellis Cindy Herron Rhona Bennett
Past members
Dawn Robinson Maxine Jones Amanda Cole
En Vogue is an American R&B girl group whose original line-up consisted of Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California in 1989, they reached number two on the US Hot 100 with the single “Hold On”, which was taken from their 1990 debut album “Born to Sing”. The group’s 1992 follow-up album Funky Divas reached the top 10 in both the US and UK, and included their second US number two hit “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, plus the US top 10 hits “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” and “Free Your Mind”.

In 1996, “Don’t Let Go (Love)” became the group’s third single to reach number two in the US, and became their sixth number one on the US R&B chart. Robinson left the group in 1997 shortly before the release of their third album EV3, which also reached the US and UK top 10. Jones left the group in 2001 and was replaced by Amanda Cole; however, in 2003, Cole left and was replaced by Rhona Bennett during the recording of their album Soul Flower. In 2005, the original members briefly united before departing again. In 2009, the original members once again reunited for their “En Vogue: 20th Anniversary”. Shortly after the tour, Robinson and Jones departed from En Vogue to pursue solo careers, with Bennett rejoining the group as a trio.

En Vogue has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date, and are ranked as the 18th most successful artist/band of the 1990s by Billboard magazine. The group has won seven MTV Video Music Awards, three Soul Train Awards, two American Music Awards, and received seven Grammy nominations.

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Salt-N-Pepa performing at the Canberra Theatre in Australia, 2013.

Also known as Super Nature
Origin Queens, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, dance
Years active 1985–2002
Labels Pop Art Records Next Plateau, London/PolyGram, Red Ant
Associated acts Roxanne Shanté, Run D.M.C., Fat Boys, MC Lyte, Kid ‘n Play, Antoinette, Kwamé, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, En Vogue, Dana Dane
Members Cheryl “Salt” James
Sandra “Pepa” Denton
Deidra “Spinderella” Roper
Past members Latoya Hanson (1985–86)
Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio from Queens, New York. The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and originally Latoya Hanson, who was replaced by Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), was formed in 1985 and was one of the first all-female rap groups. Through their career, Salt-N-Pepa have won five awards: Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (1995), MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Music Video (1994), MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography (1994), MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video (1994) and BET Hip Hop Awards I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award (2010).

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Boys II Men

Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres R&B, soul, new jack swing
Years active 1985–present
Labels Motown (1989–1999)
Universal (1999–2001)
Arista (2002–2003)
MSM Music Group (2003–)
Decca (2007–2009)
Associated acts L.A. Reid, Babyface, Mariah Carey, Tim & Bob, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sean Combs, Dallas Austin, Brandy, Uncle Sam, New Edition, 112, Brian McKnight, Vivian Green
Members Nathan Morris
Shawn Stockman
Wanya Morris
Past members Michael McCary
Marc Nelson
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet featuring Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet. McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues.

During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. This began with the release of the number one single “End of the Road” in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. “End of the Road” would set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley. Boyz II Men proceeded to break this record with the subsequent releases of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks respectively, each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the charts in Australia (for four weeks) and garnered international success. As of 2015, “One Sweet Day” still holds the all-time record with sixteen weeks at the top of the Hot 100.

Consequently, Boyz II Men are top ranking members with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history, ranking in the fourth spot with 50 weeks (as of 2014). Furthermore, when “On Bended Knee” took the number 1 spot away from “I’ll Make Love to You”, Boyz II Men became only the third artists ever (after The Beatles and Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Boyz II Men are among a select group of artists that have held at the number-one spot for at least 50 weeks cumulatively, placing them just fourth on that list behind Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey. These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine’s fourth most successful musical group of the 1990s.

Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio. Their most recent studio album, Collide, was released in 2014.

Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Origin London, England
Rock rock and roll
Years active 1989–present
EMI Rykodisc Blockbuster King Biscuit Koch Records Disky
Members Ringo Starr
Steve Lukather
Gregg Rolie
Todd Rundgren
Richard Page
Warren Ham
Gregg Bissonette

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band is a live rock supergroup with shifting personnel led by former Beatles drummer and vocalist Ringo Starr.

Since 1989, Starr has toured with twelve variations of the band, where “everybody on stage is a star in their own right.” Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band is a concept that was created by producer David Fishof.

The band has consistently toured for over two decades, and rotates its line-up depending on the musicians’ projects and availability at any given time. Typically at an All-Starr Band concert, Starr will perform some songs from both his solo career and his years with the Beatles, then each band member will take turns performing two to three hits from their own career as well as the occasional acoustic/solo spot. The All-Starrs do not generally release original music, but every few years a live album from the band is released, generally as part of a new All Starr Band.

Traveling Wilbury

Origin Malibu, California
Genres Folk rock, country rock, roots rock, heartland rock
Years active 1988–1990
Labels Wilbury / Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch
Past members Bob Dylan
George Harrison
Jeff Lynne
Roy Orbison
Tom Petty
The Traveling Wilburys (sometimes shortened to the Wilburys) were a British-American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.

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Hootie & the Blowfish


The band in 1998, pictured left to right: Sonefeld (behind drum kit), Felber, Rucker, and Bryan.
Background information
Origin Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Blues rock roots rock jam band pop heartland rock jangle pop
Years active 1986–2008 (hiatus)
Atlantic Sneaky Long Vanguard
Past members Darius Rucker
Mark Bryan
Dean Felber
Jim Sonefeld
Brantley Smith
John Nau
Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that was formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 1986 by Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld. As of July 2010, the band had charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts and recorded five studio albums. Their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, was the 16th-best-selling album of all time in the US, and as certified platinum 16 times. The group was especially popular in Canada, having three number-one singles in the country. They have sold over 21 million albums in the United States.

USA For Africa


Single by USA for Africa
from the album We Are the World
B-side “Grace”
Released March 7, 1985
Format 7″, 12″, VHS single
Recorded January 28, 1985
A&M Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Pop, gospel
Length 7:15
Label Columbia
Writers Michael Jackson
Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Michael Omartian
Certification 4× Platinum (RIAA)
“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Following Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” seven weeks after the release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, and one night before the song’s first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, “We Are the World” received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, the song garnered mixed reviews from journalists, music critics, and the public. Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track, and felt satisfied in buying “We Are the World”, knowing that the money was going to charity. Other individuals, including many commentators in the rock press, were disappointed that the song did not challenge listeners as to why famines occur in the first place, and felt that the lyrics were self-aggrandizing.

Awarded numerous honors—including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award—the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters, and shirts. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of “We Are the World” and raised over $63 million (equivalent to $136 million today) for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.

Following the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, a remake of the song by another all-star cast of singers was recorded on February 1, 2010. Entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, it was released as a single on February 12, 2010, and proceeds from the record aided survivors in the impoverished country.

Band Aid

London, United Kingdom
Genres Christmas
Years active 1984–present
Labels Sony Music, Atlantic
Members Band Aid 30
Band Aid 20
Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Two subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12″ version was mixed by Trevor Horn. In November 2014, a new version of the song was recorded by artists under the name of Band Aid 30.

The Judds


Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.[1]
Genres Country
Years active
1983-91 1994 1998-00 2008-11 2015
Labels RCA, Curb, Mercury
Associated acts Brent Maher
Don Potter
Past members Wynonna Judd
Naomi Judd
The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd (born in 1964). Signed to RCA Records in 1983, the duo released six studio albums between then and 1991. One of the most successful acts in country music history, The Judds won five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. The duo also charted twenty-five singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, fourteen of which went to Number One and six more of which made Top Ten on the same chart.

The Judds ended their performance association in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis, later on specified as type C. Shortly after, Wynonna began her solo career. The two have occasionally reunited for special tours, the most recent of which began in late 2010.

In 2011, the duo starred in the reality television series The Judds during their Last Encore Tour.

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