Born in Boston in 1969, singer Bobby Brown became famous in the 1980s and early 1990s for hits including "Don't Be Cruel" and "Humpin' Around." His musical fame, however, became eclipsed in the late 1990s by his troubled marriage to pop star Whitney Houston, whom he eventually divorced in 2007.
Brown had dreamed of becoming a singer ever since he saw James Brown perform at the age of three.
In 1990 Brown recorded "On Our Own," the smash-hit theme song for the movie However, just as Brown reached the summit of his popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, his personal life began to spiral out of control.
However, theirs was a tumultuous relationship from the start.
While the album sold modestly and scored one major hit with the ballad "Girlfriend," it failed to generate the level of excitement and acclaim for which Brown had hoped. The result of their collaboration, released in the summer of 1988, was a radically new R&B album called that took the music world by storm, selling seven million copies and on the way to becoming the bestselling album of the year.
Seeking to reinvent himself as an adult artist, Brown spent the next two years working closely with the acclaimed R&B songwriters and producers Teddy Riley, L. Brown's high-powered, sexually charged music and live performances earned him comparisons to his childhood idol Michael Jackson.
That year they released their debut album, with hit singles such as "Cool It Now" and "Mr.
Telephone Man." However, despite the enormous success of their music, the members of New Edition still only received the small salary stipulated in their exploitative contract with MCA.