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Maurice Starr

Maurice Starr (born Larry Johnson; 1953; DeLand, Florida) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Originally from Lake Helen, ... More »Maurice Starr (born Larry Johnson; 1953; DeLand, Florida) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Originally from Lake Helen, Florida, Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. As an artist, Johnson was a member of The Johnson Brothers (not to be confused with The Brothers Johnson from Los Angeles, California) and the seminal electro group known as the Jonzun Crew with brothers Michael Jonzun and Soni Jonzun. In 1980, Johnson changed his name to Maurice Starr and recorded two R albums, Flaming Starr and Spacey Lady. Unsucessful as a solo artist, Starr decided to create a band to perform the songs that he wrote. In 1982, Starr discovered the band New Edition on his talent show. The group produced a number of U.S. Top 10 R hit singles and a Top 5 hit in the Billboard Hot 100. Differences between Starr and New Edition caused the two to go their separate ways. Eventually the band split up. Two of the members, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant, went... [ Wikipedia ]

Memories of Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem

I went with [record producer] Maurice Starr and several guys from New Kids on the Block. It was a little weird having those Boston kids in Harlem eating soul food, but this was in 1990, at the tipping point of urban culture becoming mass culture. I would see Queen Latifah and Doug E. ...

'One Direction' film sanitized for teenage protection

And after Katy Perry's much more revealing and dramatic "Part of Me" film, it's disappointing that Spurlock didn't have the access, the footage or the spine to depict any of the cynicism behind such creations, which are manufactured by pop Svengalis like Maurice Starr (New Kids on the ...

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Photos: Joey McIntyre's one-man show "The Kid" to premiere in Denver

From left are: Jon Knight, Governor Michael Dukakis, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, producer Maurice Starr, Danny Wood, and (bottom) Jordan Knight. (AP Photo) Four members of the teen pop group " New Kids on the Block" pose backstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 22...

New Kids on the Block: Not boys anymore, but still at it

More than 25 years after their debut as a Boston boy band (created by R&B producer Maurice Starr), New Kids on the Block are back on the road with fellow boy bands 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Dubbed “The Package Tour,” it includes a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tacoma Dome. When ...

The 80s Called. They Want The New Kids on the Block Back, But We've Got Them!

The Maurice Starr-created band faced allegations of lip-syncing after the Milli Vanilli scandal. They defended using backing tracks in recording sessions and on stage, and even sued over the accusations, but the scrutiny continued. It even hurt my view of the band. As a music student, I ...

N.Y. State of Mind: Lil Wayne And Hip Hop Elitism Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop

“Arthur Baker, Michael Jonzun and Maurice Starr were instrumental in making a great deal of hits for Tommy Boy Records that people see to this day as New York Hip Hop anthems. Whether it be ‘Jazzy Sensation,’ ‘Play At Your Own Risk,’ ‘Planet Rock,’ ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat,’ ‘ ...

Induct New Kids on the Block into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

New Kids on the Block assembled in 1984 under the creation and guidance of Maurice Starr. After releasing their first album in 1986 (New Kids on the Block) they went on to sell 80 million records worldwide (and counting), worldwide concerts were sold out and millions of dollars worth of ...

25 Years Later: Jimmy Jam on New Edition’s Best Ever

I recognized the name Maurice Starr because I was a DJ while producing music in my younger days. I remember his name because Maurice Starr had a single out that I really liked and it worked really well in my club. We went to some of their shows and the guys were really cool. We ...

The Illest Brother © Gang Starr (Dedicated To The Life & Memory Of Keith “Guru" Elam)

Many of the seminal, groundbreaking Rap songs played at the time were actually produced by Bostonians such as Arthur Baker, Michael Jonzun and Maurice Starr. Due to the fact no one paid attention to producers, only the artists back then Boston remained overlooked in regards to Hip-Hop. ...

The Growing Pains of Robin Thicke

It's like when white people from Boston would be fans of New Kids on the Block but not know New Edition even though NKOTB were created as knock offs by their mutual producer, Maurice Starr. Starr practically announced them with a Don King white hope strategy that as always proven ...

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New Edition Is Bringing Back The Old School

Guided by producer Maurice Starr, New Edition was originally a Jackson 5-esque collection of five young African American teenage singers, including lead singers Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown, and vocalists Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. The group was notable for #1 singles ...

One Direction and New Kids bring enduring boy-band tradition to KC

In “The Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media,” Maurice Starr, who managed New Edition and created New Kids on the Block, explained to a writer the formula for starting a boy band: “Combine somewhere between three and six (typically four or five) young, singing and dancing ...

New Kids On The Block Tickets Go On Presale, Spiking Traffic on BuyAnySeat.com

Assembled in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr, the band is comprised of Boston-area natives Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood. The band achieved mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and has sold 80 million records worldwide to date. ...

Mark Wahlberg's "Late Show” Stop

My brother and I were working with the producer Maurice Starr. We started out making a rap album and then it turned into, like, I was going to vocal lessons and dance classes. And I was like, ‘This is not what I want to do.’” “The I ended up going to jail and watching them on TV. They’re ...

No Rock And Roll Fun: Face '83: Tom Browne

The good folk at Arista Records were still happy to splash some money around on his work, though, so Browne had been able to call on the assistance of Maurice Starr for this. It was, perhaps, unfortunate that Starr was busily inventing New Edition at the same time...

Reading Is Fundamental: New Kids on the Block Five Brothers & A Million Sisters

It follows the members from their roots in late ’70s/early ’80s Boston, to their union under the aegis of producer Maurice Starr, through the multi-platinum success they attained with Hangin’ Tough (after suffering through a dud debut) and so on. There’s not much here you won’t already ...

All About Western Boyband/Girlband

Maurice Starr was influenced by New Edition and popularised it with his protégé New Kids on the Block, the first commercially successful modern boy band who formed in 1984 and found international success in 1988. Starr's idea was to take the traditional template from the R&B genre ...

NKOTB News: 8 Things to know about NKOTB biography

Author Nikki Van Noy interviews all five members of NKOTB -- Donnie Wahlberg, brothers Jordan and Jon Knight, Joe McIntyre and Danny Wood -- along with several fans, although songwriter-producer Maurice Starr, who created NKOTB but later parted ways with the group, isn't quoted here. The ...

When Boy Bands Ruled The Airwaves

The craze started over in the states, when producer Maurice Starr decided to take a more mechanical approach to pop music. After auditioning more than 500 teenage boys, Starr had assembled a Boston based quintet named New Kids On The Block to storm the charts. The experiment was ...

Rockport artist and his music set for homecoming

" One of his early demo tapes got picked and was recorded by the pop star Tiffany and produced by New Kids on the Block producer Maurice Starr. "After that, I started meeting so many great musicians that I realized what I had to bring to the party was melodies and the lyrics," Day said. ...

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