This pop group from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, was formed in 1984 by Joey McIntyre (Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, 31 December 1972, Needham, Massachusetts, USA), Jordan Knight (b. 17 May 1970, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), Jonathan Knight (b. 29 November 1968, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), Danny Wood (b. Daniel William Wood Jnr., 14 May 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Donnie Wahlberg (b. Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jnr., 17 August 1969, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA). They were discovered by producer/writer Maurice Starr, who had previously moulded the career of New Edition. It was Starr who presented his protégés with a rap song titled New Kids On The Block from which they took their name. Their self-titled album, released in 1986, fused rap and pop and brought them popularity among a predominantly white teenage audience. However, it was not until summer 1988 that they broke through to the US charts with the Top 10 hit Please...
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