Bell Biv DeVoe may have been unlikely trailblazers, but Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe’s classic first single charted a new course for R&B and set the stage for where the genre was. Of all the nostalgic performances at the 2020 American Music Awards, none threw it back harder than ’90s trio Bell Biv DeVoe. Even the AMAs’ youngest viewers, those who may not know Bell Biv. Bell Biv DeVoe is a successful spin off group of New Edition that consisted of three previous members, Ricky Bell (also known as Slick), Michael Bivins (also known as Biv), and Ronnie DeVoe (also known as R.D.). Bell Biv DeVoe began to take shape in the late '80s, but not until completing the tour in support of Heart Break did the threesome.
Bel Biv Devoe Songs
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|Released||March 20, 1990|
|Bell Biv DeVoe chronology|
|Singles from Poison|
Poison is the debut studio album from AmericanR&B/hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe, released March 20, 1990 on MCA Records.
The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. By April 1995, it was certified quadruple-platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 4,000,000 copies in the United States.
Release and reception
The album peaked at five on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the top spot on the R&B Albums chart. The album was certified platinum in May 1990, and reached quadruple-platinum status by April 1995.
Alex Henderson at AllMusic noted that the album 'delivered some of New jack swing's most worthwhile material,' and also gave the group credit for being one of 'the form's more creative and imaginative figures.'
|1.||'Dope!' (aka 'She's Dope!')||Straite||Dr. Freeze||3:44|
|2.||'B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?'||Durant, Hooks, Sadler, Shocklee, Stewart||Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee||4:35|
|3.||'Let Me Know Something?!'||Durant, Hooks, Sadler, Shocklee||Eric 'Vietnam' Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee||4:40|
|4.||'Do Me!'||Bell, Bivins, Bourelly, DeVoe||Bell Biv DeVoe, Carl E. Bourelly||4:33|
|5.||'Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny (Word to the Mutha)!'||Bell, Bivins, DeVoe||Bell Biv DeVoe, Peace Production (Wolf & Epic)||4:30|
|7.||'Ain't Nut'in' Changed'||Durant, Sadler, Shocklee, Shocklee||Eric 'Vietnam' Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee||3:30|
|8.||'When Will I See You Smile Again?'||Gatling, Stewart||Alton 'Wokie' Stewart, Timmy Gatling||5:08|
|9.||'I Do Need You'||Gatling||Alton 'Wokie' Stewart, Timmy Gatling||4:36|
|10.||'Poison [Extended Club Version]'||Straite||D'Lavance||7:50|
Production & Personnel
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- Tracks 1 & 6 Produced by Dr. Freeze; associate producer (track 1): Howie Hirsch. Recorded by Jay Henry. Mixed (and remixed) by Eric Sadler and Hank/Keith Shocklee; track 6 mixed by Dr. Freeze & Jay Henry. All Instruments by Dr. Freeze.
- Tracks 2, 3 & 7 Produced by Eric Sadler/Hank & Keith Shocklee. Recorded & Mixed by Dan Wood, Jamie Staub, Kirk Yano, Nick Sansano & Rod Hui. All Music arranged & performed by Hank Shocklee & Roney Hooks.
- Track 4 Produced by Bell Biv Devoe & Carl Bourelly. Music Arranged by Carl Bourelly; vocals arranged by Bell Biv Devoe. Recorded by Barbara Milne; assisted by Karen Bohannon & Michael Allair. Mixed by Bell Biv Devoe. Kevin Johnson: Drums, Percussion; Carl Bourelly: Keyboards; Chris Floberg & Sherman Foole: Programming.
- Track 5 Produced by Bell Biv Devoe & Peace Productions. Recorded by Stephen P. Blazina. Mixed by Bell Biv Devoe & Stephen P. Blazina. All Instruments, Vocals and Arrangements by Bell Biv Devoe.
- Tracks 8 & 9 Produced by Alton Stewart & Timmy Gatling. Recorded & Mixed by Kurt Upper. Drum Programming & Keyboards by Howie Hirsch & Timmy Gatling. Alto sax solo on track 9 by John Doheny.
|U.S. Billboard 200||5|
|U.S. R&B Albums||1|
|UK Albums Chart||35|
|Canada - RPM Album Chart||12|
|United States (RIAA)||4× Platinum||4,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- ^Eddy, Chuck (March 2011). 'Essentials: R&B Rubs Hip-Hop the Right Way and the New Jack Swing Era Is Born'. Spin. New York: 84. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
- ^ abcHenderson, Alex. 'allmusic ((( Poison > Review )))'. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- ^ abchttps://www.allmusic.com/album/poison-mw0000141841
- ^name='amazon'>'Amazon.com: Bell Biv Devoe: When Will I See You Smile [Vinyl]: Music'. Amazon.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
- ^'Amazon.com: Bell Biv Devoe: She's Dope [Vinyl]: Music'. Amazon.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- ^Frederick, Brendan (29 July 2018). 'Bell Biv Devoe Poison'. Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
- ^ ab'allmusic ((( Poison > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))'. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- ^'RIAA - Gold & Platinum - June 21, 2011 : Search Results - Bell Biv DeVoe'. RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- ^Production & Personnel at discogs
- ^'American album certifications – Bell Biv DeVoe – Posion'. Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
- Poison at AllMusic
- Poison at Discogs
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The American musical group known as Bell Biv DeVoe was established by the remaining New Edition members Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell, after the group disbanded in the 1980’s. In re-grouping, the musicians took the experience and sound they’d created with New Edition and reformatted into a blend of 'new jack swing,' R&B, and hip hop under the guidance of some of the industry’s most notable producers.
The result was the smash-hit album Poison, released in 1990, which rose to the number one spot on the R&B charts and with singles that landed in the top five on the mainstream charts. The album spawned the hit singles 'Poison,' 'Do Me,' 'B.B.D. (I Thought it Was Me?),' and 'When Will I See You Smile Again.' Reaching multi-platinum status, Poison set the stage for the additional albums Hootie Mack (1993) and BBD (2001), although neither would be able to reach the success of Bell Biv Devoe’s debut album, which also garnered the grouip a Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year in 1991.
Bel Biv Devoe continues to perform on occasion together, most recently appearing at the Boston Strong benefit concert to raise money for the marathon bombing victims. Individual members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe also continue to record and collaborate as solo artists on other projects.
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