Bobby Brown

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Singer • Songwriter • Rapper • Dancer

Birth Name: Bobby Baresford Brown

Birth Date: February 5, 1969

Age: 55 years old

Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Children: Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bands: New Edition

The bad boy of New Edition, Bobby Brown was also the biggest solo star of the hitmaking R&B boy band. Raised in the Roxbury section of Boston, Brown saw James Brown for his first concert and began singing soon after with school friends Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell. With the addition of fellow locals Ralph Trevsant and Ronnie DeVoe, the teenaged group hooked up with two breakout Boston producers, Arthur Baker and Maurice Starr. Brown sang co-lead on the group's first single, 1982's "Candy Girl," which went Top 20; Brown was also featured on a follow-up hit, "Mr. Telephone Man" (without Starr, who'd gone onto form the New Kids on the Block).

After three successful years Brown fell out with the group and launched a solo career. His solo debut King of Stage didn't do the trick, but the follow-up, 1988's Don't Be Cruel, was both a multi-platinum hit and a landmark of new jack swing, the mid-'80s cross of hip-hop with old-school R&B. The second of the album's four singles, "My Prerogative," became Brown's signature tune and established his tough, self-reliant persona. The follow-up Bobby employed the same all-star team of writers and producers (including Babyface and L.A. Reid) and was also a success, charting two further Top Ten hits in "Humpin' Around" and "Good Enough."

The most notable guest on the album was Whitney Houston. She and Brown were wed on July 18, 1992 and it proved to be a famously tragic marriage. The couple was rumored to be locked in a cycle of domestic abuse and drug addiction, despite numerous attempts to clean up Brown's image (including a reality TV show featuring the couple, 2005's "Being Bobby Brown" (E! 2005-06). After their divorce two years later, Houston confirmed that they'd smoked crack and that he was at least verbally abusive. Brown was arrested for battery on Houston in 2003 and his misadventures continued with arrest for nonpayment of child support in 2004, and a DUI conviction in 2012.

His music career likewise became erratic as he flopped with his fourth album, 1997's Forever, and spent the next two decades bouncing in and out of New Edition reunion tours. Even after completing court-ordered rehab, he was often seen wandering the stage, making lewd facial gestures, while the rest of New Edition did their choreographed steps. Nonetheless, the 2017 BET miniseries "The New Edition Story" brought a popular revival for Brown and the group. Though counted out more than once by fans, Brown launched another comeback in September 2018, touring with four-fifths of New Edition in a Bobby Brown/Bell Biv DeVoe package.

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Crossover: The Revenge

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2023

The Madness

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2023

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Bobby Brown: Every Little StepStream

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Biography: Bobby Brown

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A Very Boy Band Holiday

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2021

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Access Daily

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2019

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The DL Hughley Show

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Strahan & Sara

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New Jack Swing

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80s CultureIcons

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Best '90s R&B

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2019

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2018

Awesome '80s

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2018

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2018

Bobby Brown Hits

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2018

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2017

Sister Circle

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2017

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2017

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2016

Hollywood Medium With Tyler HenryStream

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2016

Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney

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2013

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The Real

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Real Husbands of HollywoodStream

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Steve Harvey

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The Chew

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2010

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2010

Macy Gray: Real Love

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2010

The Story

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2010

Lopez Tonight

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2009

The Dr. Oz Show

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Shaken Not Stirred

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2008

Outsider's Inn

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2008

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2008

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2008

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2008

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2008

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Being Bobby Brown

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2005

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Damian Jr. Gong Marley Feat. Bobby Brown: Beautiful

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Ja Rule feat. Bobby Brown: Thug Lovin'

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2004

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Bennie
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2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Gang of RosesStream

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2002

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2002

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2001
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Winter X Games Classix

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1998

Bobby Brown: On Our Own

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1998

The View

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1997

The View

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1997

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1996

The Chris Rock ShowStream

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1996

A Thin Line Between Love and HateStream

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1996
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Panther

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1995

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Bobby Brown: Humpin' Around

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1992

Bobby Brown Feat. Whitney Houston: Something In Common

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1992

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

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1990

Family MattersStream

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1989

Bobby Brown: Every Little Step

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1988

Bobby Brown: Rock Wit'cha

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1988

Bobby Brown: Don't Be Cruel

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1988

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Motown Returns to the Apollo

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Entertainment Tonight

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