The Los Angeles, California, USA family pop group the Boys comprised Tajh Ustadi Abdulsamad (b. 12 August 1976, Northridge, California, USA), Khiry Hasan Abdulsamad (b. 10 November 1973, Northridge, California, USA), Bilal Dinari Abdulsamad (b. 17 April 1979, Northridge, California, USA) and Hakeem Saheed Abdulsamad (b. 3 June 1975, Northridge, California, USA). An obvious attempt to follow in the footsteps of the Jackson Five, the Boys enjoyed fleeting fame as an accomplished vocal R&B act, though their naïvety shone through in interviews. Bilal once informed Smash Hits that he would like to ‘get rid of all wars and I would tell the Russians to disable those big bombs, what do you call them? Nuclear bombs, that’s it.’ Signed to Motown Records, they enjoyed minor UK chart hits in 1988 with ‘Dial My Heart’ and in 1990 with ‘Crazy’. Their debut album, Message From The Boys, charted at number 33 in the US Billboard charts in April 1989, but in common with many Motown acts of the period they failed to use their initial success as a launching pad to a stable career.
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