It’ll Never Be The Same: Music Groups That Tried To Go On Without Some Of Their Members

October 9, 2013 ‐ By Iva Anthony

Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.

Music Groups That Tried To Go On Without Members


Boys II Men

Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.

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  • Guest

    what about Dru Hill

  • dingo_egret

    Not sure if I agree with the New Edition statement. Johnny Gill joined the group a long time ago and N.E. Heartbreak was one of their biggest commercial albums to date. They’ve continued to enjoy success even up to today where they tour with all members including Bobby Brown.

  • S Jo

    Boys to men rule all boy groups beside New Edition. I remember being a freshman in high school when we were all singing the first verse & on to The end of the road”Girl I know u really love me….”
    & of course Jodeci. I can’t even listen to Jodeci without thinking of my first love! If I hear forever my lady it sends chills throughout my body!

  • Sandbrn

    I don’t know why B2M is on this list, no disrespect to Michael but he was/is not the glue that held the group together. These men can actually sing and harmonize well and last I looked they were still working and winning awards for their work. There are too many add water and stir R&B groups out there and anyone over the age of 30 can immediately tell you which new groups are going to make it to the second cd. I keep it old school the majority of the time, with the exception of a few new add ins and I am never disappointed.

  • MzMabley

    only Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, and Al McKay,
    the original members, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of
    Fame. What about the EWF mastermind Maurice White?

  • Jayda Brown

    Blackstreet also went through member changes as well. Why aren’t they on this list?

  • Janeen

    WOW. Did you guys not put H-town on here. Shame, shame, shame!

  • NeaJ

    The R&B groups of today (how many are still around?) can learn a thing or two from the Tempations. Otis is the only surviving original member & he’s still going! That’s dedication. And it’s safe to say that once someone in a group becomes “the star”, that person will eventually venture out to do their own thing. Splitting your money 3+ ways can only last but so long. Lol