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Boyz II Men , American vocal quartet that emerged in the s and became one of the most successful rhythm-and-blues groups, dominating the charts during the first half of the decade. June 18, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. December 16, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. September 26, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. July 29, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. The members of Boyz II Men grew up in separate neighbourhoods of Philadelphia and came together as high-school friends at the Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts, where they studied classical music and vocal arts. In the quartet managed to meet Michael Bivins—who had been a member of New Edition—and gave him an impromptu audition. Bivins later signed on as their manager and helped define their gentlemanly image. In Boyz II Men debuted on Motown records with the album Cooleyhighharmony , which went on to sell more than seven million copies and won a Grammy Award.
The artists co-wrote the song with Walter Afanasieff , who co-produced it with Carey. Lyrically, the song speaks about the death of a loved one, how the protagonist took their presence for granted and misses them, and finally about seeing the person in heaven. Both Carey and Boyz II Men wrote the song about specific people in their lives, being inspired by sufferers of the AIDS epidemic, which was globally prevalent at the time. The song spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot in the United States, becoming the longest-running number-one song in the chart's history at the time , a record held for 23 years.
The album received mixed reviews from critics garnering a rating of 54 on Metacritic stating that it "is typical Boyz II Men, meaning plenty of vocal harmonies and ballads. Although the group doesn't delve too hard into funk, it still doesn't mesh particularly well together, especially since the material, while well-sung as ever, isn't particularly distinguished. That doesn't mean it's bad -- the album is pleasant enough as it spins -- but it's simply not that memorable, which is quite a disappointment after the very, very nice Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Boyz II Men.