10 Things You Didn’t Know About New Kids On The Block

  

New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) were the original boy band who paved the way for huge sensations like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and even One Direction. The band consisted of brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood, who all rose to fame in the late ’80s and early ’90s with huge hits like “Step by Step,” “Hangin’ Tough,” and “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and sold over 80 million records worldwide! NKOTB disbanded in 1994, but have since reunited for a number of successful tours and have even recorded new music. Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the ’90s boy band!

10. Band’s Original Name

Before they rose to fame under the name New Kids on the Block, their original band name was Nynuk pronounced “Na-nook.” The name came from their manager, Maurice Starr, who named them after the dog in the film The Lost Boys.

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9. Creating the Band

New Kids on the Block was formed in the early 1980s after songwriter-producer Maurice Starr launched a citywide search for talent in Boston. The first member to be recruited was 15-year-old Donnie Wahlberg. He later brought in his younger brother Mark and best friend Danny Wood. After the three boys joined, they later convinced two former classmates Jordan and Jonathan Knight to join as well. Mark Wahlberg ended up quitting the group before they even began recording and was eventually replaced with 12-year-old, Joey McIntyre. Starr was able to prefect the group by having them rehearse after school and on weekends and eventually secured them a recording contract at Columbia Records.

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