Music in the ’90s was all about forming bands and the most popular were boy bands! There were three boy bands who absolutely dominated the music industry at the time — these were the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and 98 Degrees. Unlike many of these bands who were put together through auditions and record labels, 98 Degrees stood out because they formed all on their own. The group consisted of brothers Drew Lachey and Nick Lachey, as well as Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. 98 Degrees was incredibly successful during the peak of their career from 1997 to 2002. Although their musical reign was short, they sold over 10 million records worldwide and achieved 8 Top 40 hit singles in the United States. After taking an extended break in 2002, the group got back together in 2013 and recorded their first album in over 10 years! After their 2016 summer tour, things seem to be heating up again for 98 Degrees, so here’s a look at 9 things you might not have known about this ’90s band!
The two members who founded the group were Jeff Timmons and Nick Lachey. Timmins quit university to pursue a music career after he performed at a college party and received a lot of praise and positive reaction from female friends about his voice. So in 1995 he left school and was determined to make it big as a singer. “It was a pretty hasty decision, looking back, but I was young and dumb. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.” He then met Nick Lachey who was attending Miami University for sports medicine. The two hit it off and decided to form a boy band. Lachey left school, flew to Los Angeles and they started brainstorming who they could recruit to be in their band. Lachey thought of a friend, Justin Jeffre, who was at he the University of Cincinnati. They had performed together before, but just for fun, like dressing up as a barbershop quartet at the amusement park Kings Island and with a cover band. The last member to join was Lachey’s younger brother, Drew, who left his job as an emergency medical technician in New York City to join the group.