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|Also Known As:||Bobby Baresford Brown||Died:|
|Born:||February 5, 1969||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Music ... singer actor|
A charismatic but polarizing singer, Bobby Brown scored as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition with hits including "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man" as well as an appearance in the film "Krush Groove" (1985). Frustrated by his limited role and the band's pop-oriented direction, Brown was kicked out and began a solo career that flashed supernova with 1988's Don't Be Cruel, which helped shape the new jack swing movement with hits like "Every Little Step" and "My Prerogative." After a cameo in "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and performing its smash theme "On Our Own," Brown's musical momentum began to slow. Most famous for his unlikely and troubled marriage to "good girl" superstar Whitney Houston, Brown was immediately regarded as a destructive, abusive influence on her and seemed eager to live up to his bad rep, submerged in increasingly flagrant legal and drug woes. Although the two welcomed a child, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993, and filmed an image-destroying reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005), they divorced in 2007. Although he continued to perform at the margins of mainstream music, Brown's biggest return to the spotlight came when Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012. His musical success overshadowed by his tumultuous personal life, Bobby Brown never seemed quite able to outrun his demons.
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