Flashback Friday: New Kids on the Block

By Becky Beggs

It’s always fun to take a little stroll down memory lane on Flashback Friday, but this edition of Flashback Friday is extra special. Across the nation, April 24 is celebrated as official “New Kids on the Block Day” and this spring marks 25 years since the original boy band drew a crowd of almost 17,000 to the Frank Erwin Center on February 6, 1990. To celebrate, let’s take a “Step by Step” look back at some of NKOTB’s greatest moments!

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Photo taken on Red River Street in February 1990

1988: “New Kids” on the Music Scene
After releasing a debut album that disappointed in both sales and reviews, the members of NKOTB decided to take a different direction with their sound and image. “Please Don’t Go Girl” was the first song produced by Donnie, Jordan and Danny and it became the band’s first major hit!

1989: Fame and Philanthropy
No matter how popular they became, the NKOTB made sure to give back to charitable causes! Their wildly popular 1989 Christmas album “Merry, Merry Christmas” went double platinum and the group donated some of the proceeds to United Cerebral Palsy, a group that works to empower individuals with disabilities.

1990: Awards and Accolades
1990 was a great year for the New Kids on the Block! At one point, the band simultaneously had three hit singles—each from a different album—on the Billboard Hot 100! NKOTB won two American Music Awards for their 1989 album “Hangin’ Tough” and received a Grammy nomination for the title track’s music video.

2008: Reunited and It Feels So Good
More than a decade after their 1995 split, the New Kids released a surprise single “Summertime” followed by a reunion album! After their New Kids on the Block: Live tour from 2008-2010, the band joined forces with the Backstreet Boys in 2011 for their NKOTBSB Tour, which earned over $40 million and thrilled fans across the globe.

2014: A Star for the Stars
In 2012, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame would be dedicated to the band as a celebration of their contribution to music. The New Kids received their star in October of 2014!

2015: The Kids are Back!
Once again, New Kids on the Block have said, “Let’s Try It Again!” In January the band announced their “The Main Event” tour with TLC and Nelly which runs through October.

If you ever had 1-900-909-5KIDS on speed dial, watched the “You Got It” music video every time it played on MTV or whether you loved Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie or Danny (or couldn’t pick just one!), today’s your day to celebrate the New Kids on the Block—past, present and future!

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