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Let's Hear It For The Boys

On the occasion of milestone anniversaries of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “Cool It Now,” members of two of the most enduring vocal groups of all time—Boyz II Men and New Edition—reflect on a pair of hits in the boy-band pantheon.

Samantha Highfill & Sarah Rodman

BOYZ II MEN

“I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU” 1994

Boyz II Men are far from the end of the road. Outside of touring the world—they recently returned from Europe—the Grammy-winning, Philly-bred vocal trio just added three more years to their Las Vegas residency at the Mirage, where you can catch them this summer. Nearly 30 years in, Shawn Stockman says, “We’re still doing our thing at a level that a lot of people probably would be surprised.”

THE GENESIS On July 26, 1994, Boyz II Men released the lead single off their second album, II. The emotional ballad, written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, quickly became a hit, holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, tying the record set by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992. Twenty-five years later, “I’ll Make Love to You” remains one of the group’s best-known (and most beloved) songs. THE BACKSTORY Surprisingly, back in the early ’90s, they almost passed on recording it. “The funny part is that we felt like it sounded too much like ‘End of the Road,’ ” Stockman says, referencing the group’s 1992 smash. “We didn’t want to do it.” As young artists, they were hoping to try something different, even though they liked the song.

THE LEGACY Thankfully,


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