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Terrific Trios Part 2

What’s better than a duo, why a trio of course! Here are some of the best trios that have dominated the music scene.

 

Jonas Brothers

OK, here’s the guilty pleasure pick. Nick, Joe and Kevin are the Jonas Brothers. They sing, they act, and put on a great live show. Essential songs include “Burnin’ Up” and “Year 3000.” I am looking forward to some new music from them in 2013.Jonas Brothers

 

Destiny’s Child

Before her solo career took off like crazy, Beyonce was once the lead singer for this group. After the dust settled with the personnel shakeup, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce remained. Another influential group, they had great songs like “Say My Name,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women.”

 

Wilson Phillips

Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with Chynna Phillips made up this pop vocal group. Offspring of stars from the Mama’s and Papa’s and the Beach Boys, these girls made their own mark on the charts. Essential songs: “Hold On,” and “Release Me.”

 

Thompson Twins

Part of the new-wave movement of the 80’s, this group was at it’s peak when there were 3 members: Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway and Alannah Currie. I remember seeing them at Hollywood Bowl during their heyday. Songs like “Hold Me Now,” “Lies” and “You Take Me Up” still bring a smile to my face.

 

LFO

Pop rap group LFO (Lyte Funky Ones) came on to the music scene during the teen pop boom of the 90’s. Composed of Brad Fischetti, Devin Lima and lead singer Rich Cronin, they had hits with “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV.” Sadly Rich died in 2010 after a long bout with leukemia. Their first album got most of the attention, but their 2nd album was better in my opinion.

 

Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh were another synth-pop group from Sheffield, England. Great songs like “Penthouse and Pavement,” “Let Me Go” and “Temptation” came from this group. They also worked with Tina Turner on her comeback album “Private Dancer.”

 

Peter, Paul and Mary
Folk music pioneers Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers started their careers in the socially-conscious 1960’s. They were always ones to stand up for causes. Before Mary’s death in 2009, I remember them singing a song about gay bullying after Ryan White was murdered. They had a great vocal blend. I was introduced to them by my mother and saw them a number of times live. Essential songs include: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

 

TLC
Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli’  Thomas were one of the most successful female trios of the 1990’s. Known for their oversize personalities (and exploits) as well as their catchy songs, their ride came to a screeching halt with the death of Lisa Lopes in 2002. Their music lives on with great songs such as “Waterfalls,” “What About Your Friends” and “No Scrubs.”

So did I leave anyone off? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Teen Pop (Where Are They Now?)

Long before Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, we had the teen pop boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This was the time of Backstreet Boys, NSync, Britney, Christina, etc. So let’s look back to our favorites from that era and see where they are today…

Backstreet Boys. They are the last of the remaining boy bands from that era. All of the others are gone: NSync, 98 Degrees, LFO. This past summer they teamed up with the New Kids on the Block for a sold-out arena headlining tour. Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, even joined his fellow bandmates in the Los Angeles show. I hear the group will be working on a new CD soon.

NSync. The group was the launching pad for singing superstar turned actor Justin Timberlake. I always knew that Justin was a star. But JC Chasez was too. I am disappointed that his solo career never took off the way that Justin’s did. His first solo album was very nice, and he is not using his talents to the fullest on “America’s Best Dance Crew.” I always thought that the band should have carried on without Justin… I think they would have been fine. Joey and Lance have done acting, Chris has not done too much. (Sorry can’t count “The Man Band” show).

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