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Taddaaaam, here’s the suggestion from a friend in a moment of musical absence during last nights shenanigans at on of my pals humble abode to score the first ever “Ca C’est Saveur” tag here on Sodwee.com. Thus opening the newest rolling irregular post we’ll be posting here with usually a video, some oldie and/or mp3 attached.

It’s all about New Edition’s – Mr. Telephone Man today… just because the actual cover art is to die for as well as the actual track. R’n’B “a la” Boyz II Men with a hint of Jackson thrown in for good measure.

New Edition is an R&B group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. The group recorded mostly as a quintet.

At the height of their early popularity in 1983, the group consisted of Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, andRalph Tresvant. Early hits included songs like 1983’s “Candy Girl” and 1984’s “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”. Brown left in late 1985 to embark on a successful solo career. The group continued for a time with four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill to record their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv Devoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.

All six members of the group reunited in 1996-1997 for the album Home Again, but during the ill-fated follow-up tour both Brown and Bivins quit the group, and the tour had to be canceled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Bobby Brown. Their last studio release was 2004’s One Love. As of 2010, two New Edition descendants were recording and touring: Bell Biv Devoe, and Heads of State, featuring Brown, Tresvant, and Gill.

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