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Bobby Brown is an American R&B singer-songwriter

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 5, 1969
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, African American Dancers, Emerson College, Singers, Rhythm & Blues Singers, Hip Hop Singers, Pop Singers
City/StateBoston, Massachusetts
SpousesWhitney Houston
SiblingsTommy Brown
Known asRobert Barisford Brown
Childrens Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, Cassius Brown, Landon Brown, LaPrincia Brown, Robert (Bobby) Brown Jr.
Universities
  • Emerson College
  • Emerson College
Notable Alumnis
  • Emerson College
Birth PlaceBoston
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherPop Brown
MotherCarole Brown
Net Worth$5 million
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBoston
Famous asSinger-Songwriter

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Who is Bobby Brown?

Bobby Brown popularized new jack swing, a blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop sounds with raps and melodious verses. His new sound appealed to pop music lovers and was responsible for keeping alive the new jack swing pioneered by Ted Riley. Born into a poor family, his love for music and the determination to succeed led him to form a band called New Edition with his friends. The band’s first album, ‘Candy Girl’, made them a teenage sensation. He exited the band eight years later to release his first solo album, ‘King of Stage’ which along with the album Bobby did not do well. However, his third release ‘Don't Be Cruel’ was a sensational hit. The album dominated the Billboard Hot 100, and was one of the best-selling albums of the decade. It also won for him a couple of American Music Awards. His other album, ‘Forever’ flopped badly. Despite his talent, the singer made headlines for all the wrong reasons. His alcoholism and cocaine addiction affected his life and career. His marriage to pop star Whitney Houston was tumultuous and ended in divorce.

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Childhood & Early Life

Bobby Brown was the seventh of eight children born to Herbert Brown, a construction worker and Carole, a schoolteacher. Brown and his siblings grew up in Roxbury's Orchard Park Projects in Massachusetts.

As a boy, he resorted to stealing from stores. He was also involved in gangs and was even shot in the knee during a fight.

At 11, one of his friends was stabbed to death. After this incident, he turned a new leaf and began to take his education and life seriously.

He idolized singer James Brown, and dreamt of being a singer like him since he was three years old. He joined the church choir, where his talent was noticed.

Career

Bobby Brown and his childhood friends, Michael Bovines and Ricky Bell, formed a band called New Edition in 1978. Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe too joined the band, over the next four years.

In 1982, they came second in the Hollywood Talent Night held at Boston's Strand Theatre organized by music producer, Maurice Starr. Impressed by their performance, Starr signed them to his Streetwise Records.

New Edition’s debut album, ‘Candy Girl’, in 1983, boasted of the hits, ‘Is This the End,’ ‘Popcorn Love,’ ‘Jealous Girl’ and ‘Candy Girl’, which topped the American R&B and the UK singles charts.

The band’s second album ‘New Edition’ released in 1983. It bettered their debut album with hits such as ‘Cool It Now’ and ‘Mr. Telephone Man’, and achieved double platinum in the U.S.

Their 1985 album, ‘All for Love’, though certified platinum with hits as ‘Count Me Out’, ‘A Little Bit of Love’ and ‘With You All the Way’, could not match the success of its predecessors.

Brown felt that the singers were being underpaid and he was also jealous of band mate Ralph Tresvant’s growing popularity. Brown left the band to go solo amidst the news that he was forced out.

Following a contract with MCA Records, Steven Machat became his manager. In 1986, Brown’s debut solo album, ‘King of Stage’, did not fare well, but the ballad, ‘Girlfriend’ became a No.1 R&B hit.

He embarked on a hugely successful tour to promote the ‘Don’t be cruel’ album in 1988. However, towards the last stages of the tour, he invited criticism for his suggestive and crude acts.

His album, Bobby, in 1992, sold 2 million copies, but failed in comparison to his previous albums. Its singles, ‘Humpin' Around’, ‘Get Away’ and ‘Good Enough’ ‘That's The Way Love Is’ were hits.

His fourth solo album, ‘Forever’, released in 1997, bombed because of inadequate promotion and his insistence on writing and producing the tracks himself.

He re-surfaced in 2002 for a duet with rapper Ja Rule on ‘Thug Lovin'‘. The decade saw him sing in Damian Marley's song ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Real Love’ with singer Macy Gray.

In 2005, he directed the reality series, ‘Being Bobby’, for Bravo TV. His wife, Whitney Houston featured in the series, but following their divorce, the series folded after one season.

New Edition members reunited to perform Jackson 5 hits as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson at the 2009 BET Awards. They formally reunited the next year and continue to perform together.

He guest-appeared in films such as ‘Panther’, ‘Two Can Play That Game’, ‘Gang of Roses’, and ‘Nora's Hair Salon’ and had a major role in ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’.

Major Works

Collaborating with top R&B artists, his album, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, in 1988, included five hit singles of which ‘My Prerogative’ topped the Billboard Hot 100, and was the 33rd best-selling album of the decade.

In 1989, he made a cameo appearance in the film, ‘Ghostbusters II’, and also sang two songs for its soundtrack, one of which was ‘On Our Own’ that topped the U.S. Billboard R&B charts.

Awards

In 1990, Bobby Brown's ‘Don't Be Cruel’ won the American Music Award in two categories- Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. Three years later, he won the Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

At 17, he became father for the first time. From 1989 to 1991, his relationship with Kim Ward produced two children – La Princia and Robert Barisford Brown, Jr.

He was married to singer, Whitney Houston, from 1992 to 2006. The couple has a daughter - Bobbi Kristina Brown. The marriage could not withstand his philandering and drugs abuse and they divorced.

He began dating Alicia Etheridge after his separation from Houston. He married Alicia in 2012. The couple has a son named Cassius, born two years before their marriage.

He has been pulled up by the police on various occasions for drunken driving. In 2013, he was ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings weekly and to complete an 18-month alcohol program.

Trivia

This R&B singer, a distant cousin of five-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer, is referred to in LL Cool J’s song ‘Around the Way Girl’.

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Bobby Brown biography timelines

  • // 5th Feb 1969
    Bobby Brown was the seventh of eight children born to Herbert Brown, a construction worker and Carole, a schoolteacher. Brown and his siblings grew up in Roxbury's Orchard Park Projects in Massachusetts.
  • // 1978
    Bobby Brown and his childhood friends, Michael Bovines and Ricky Bell, formed a band called New Edition in 1978. Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe too joined the band, over the next four years.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, they came second in the Hollywood Talent Night held at Boston's Strand Theatre organized by music producer, Maurice Starr. Impressed by their performance, Starr signed them to his Streetwise Records.
  • // 1983
    New Edition’s debut album, ‘Candy Girl’, in 1983, boasted of the hits, ‘Is This the End,’ ‘Popcorn Love,’ ‘Jealous Girl’ and ‘Candy Girl’, which topped the American R&B and the UK singles charts.
  • // 1983
    The band’s second album ‘New Edition’ released in 1983. It bettered their debut album with hits such as ‘Cool It Now’ and ‘Mr. Telephone Man’, and achieved double platinum in the U.S.
  • // 1985
    Their 1985 album, ‘All for Love’, though certified platinum with hits as ‘Count Me Out’, ‘A Little Bit of Love’ and ‘With You All the Way’, could not match the success of its predecessors.
  • // 1986
    Following a contract with MCA Records, Steven Machat became his manager. In 1986, Brown’s debut solo album, ‘King of Stage’, did not fare well, but the ballad, ‘Girlfriend’ became a No.1 R&B hit.
  • // 1988
    He embarked on a hugely successful tour to promote the ‘Don’t be cruel’ album in 1988. However, towards the last stages of the tour, he invited criticism for his suggestive and crude acts.
  • // 1988
    Collaborating with top R&B artists, his album, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, in 1988, included five hit singles of which ‘My Prerogative’ topped the Billboard Hot 100, and was the 33rd best-selling album of the decade.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he made a cameo appearance in the film, ‘Ghostbusters II’, and also sang two songs for its soundtrack, one of which was ‘On Our Own’ that topped the U.S. Billboard R&B charts.
  • // 1989 To 1991
    At 17, he became father for the first time. From 1989 to 1991, his relationship with Kim Ward produced two children – La Princia and Robert Barisford Brown, Jr.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, Bobby Brown's ‘Don't Be Cruel’ won the American Music Award in two categories- Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. Three years later, he won the Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Award.
  • // 1992
    His album, Bobby, in 1992, sold 2 million copies, but failed in comparison to his previous albums. Its singles, ‘Humpin' Around’, ‘Get Away’ and ‘Good Enough’ ‘That's The Way Love Is’ were hits.
  • // 1992 To 2006
    He was married to singer, Whitney Houston, from 1992 to 2006. The couple has a daughter - Bobbi Kristina Brown. The marriage could not withstand his philandering and drugs abuse and they divorced.
  • // 1997
    His fourth solo album, ‘Forever’, released in 1997, bombed because of inadequate promotion and his insistence on writing and producing the tracks himself.
  • // 2002
    He re-surfaced in 2002 for a duet with rapper Ja Rule on ‘Thug Lovin'‘. The decade saw him sing in Damian Marley's song ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Real Love’ with singer Macy Gray.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he directed the reality series, ‘Being Bobby’, for Bravo TV. His wife, Whitney Houston featured in the series, but following their divorce, the series folded after one season.
  • // 2009
    New Edition members reunited to perform Jackson 5 hits as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson at the 2009 BET Awards. They formally reunited the next year and continue to perform together.
  • // 2012
    He began dating Alicia Etheridge after his separation from Houston. He married Alicia in 2012. The couple has a son named Cassius, born two years before their marriage.
  • // 2013
    He has been pulled up by the police on various occasions for drunken driving. In 2013, he was ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings weekly and to complete an 18-month alcohol program.

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Bobby Brown's FAQ

  • What is Bobby Brown birthday?

    Bobby Brown was born at 1969-02-05

  • Where is Bobby Brown's birth place?

    Bobby Brown was born in Boston

  • What is Bobby Brown nationalities?

    Bobby Brown's nationalities is American

  • Who is Bobby Brown spouses?

    Bobby Brown's spouses is Whitney Houston

  • Who is Bobby Brown siblings?

    Bobby Brown's siblings is Tommy Brown

  • Who is Bobby Brown childrens?

    Bobby Brown's childrens is Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, Cassius Brown, Landon Brown, LaPrincia Brown, Robert (Bobby) Brown Jr.

  • What was Bobby Brown universities?

    Bobby Brown studied at Emerson College, Emerson College

  • What was Bobby Brown notable alumnis?

    Bobby Brown's notable alumnis is Emerson College

  • How tall is Bobby Brown?

    Bobby Brown's height is 178

  • Who is Bobby Brown's father?

    Bobby Brown's father is Pop Brown

  • Who is Bobby Brown's mother?

    Bobby Brown's mother is Carole Brown

  • What is Bobby Brown's sun sign?

    Bobby Brown is Aquarius

  • How famous is Bobby Brown?

    Bobby Brown is famouse as Singer-Songwriter