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Iconic New Jack Swing pioneers Boyz II Men will perform Saturday at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta

VALDOSTA -- Doo-wop met Rhythm and Blues and begat Boyz ll Men.

Back in 1985, this group was a new sensation from Philadelphia, Pa., a vital part of the New Jack Swing movement. Swingbeat was pioneered by the likes of Teddy Riley, Bernard Belle, Bobby Brown and Janet Jackson. New Jack Swing was the sound of young America in the late '80s and early '90s. This original movement ushered in a new era in pop culture.

Music fans can experience the music of this iconic and innovative R&B group Saturday at 8 p.m. at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

Like most classic doo-wop singers from the 1950s that got their start singing on street corners, Boyz ll Men began singing a capella in places with great acoustics. The guys were part of a new era, yet they proudly proclaimed doo-wop as their core.

Boyz II Men have written and recorded some of the most renowned classics in the past 20 years. Their songs include timeless subjects explored with smooth, luxuriously rich harmonies. Their dance hits, ballads and soulful grooves made the group one of the most popular names in music in the 1990s.

From their first album, "Cooleyhighharmony" in 1991, until today, Boys ll Men are among the most commercially successful R&B groups of all time. They have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. The group also had three of the longest-running No. 1 singles in music history.

In 2017 Boyz ll Men released "Under the Streetlight" to celebrate the group's 25th anniversary in the music business. The album is a beautiful tribute to the wonderful doo-wop era of unique harmonies and swinging R&B. This era of music has influenced artists every year since its release by melding classic sound with evolving talent to create a new sound for future generations. As shown by Boyz ll Men's latest artistic creation, pop culture will always be grateful that Doo-wop met R&B.

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