Boyz II Men first teamed with MC Hammer in 1992 for his “Too Legit to Quit” tour. That tour was interrupted when, according to AllMusic.com, “tragedy struck when tour manager Khalil Roundtree was shot and killed in Chicago.”

For women of a certain age, Boyz II Men might as well have been the Beatles.


Boyz II Men is down to three members from its four-man heyday. If you attended high school or junior high in the early 1990s, the group was inescapable. The a cappella single “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” was the soundtrack to countless senior proms.


The group formed in 1988 at the High School of the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The group originally included Nathan Morris, Marc Nelson, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary, the bass.


Nelson left before the group recorded its smash debut “Cooleyhighharmony,” and in 2003, McCrary’s departure left the group a trio.


Other hits included “I’ll Make Love to You,” “Motownphilly” and “End of the Road,” the latter recorded for the Eddie Murphy movie “Boomerang.”


Boyz II Men first teamed with MC Hammer in 1992 for his “Too Legit to Quit” tour. That tour was interrupted when, according to AllMusic.com, “tragedy struck when tour manager Khalil Roundtree was shot and killed in Chicago.”


Hammer was a hit machine in the same time period. Floating into mainstream America in a pair of parachute pants, Hammer was the first blockbuster rap artist.


“Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” was MC Hammer’s second album, but it became the best-selling rap album of all time. The 1990 release bequeathed the world “U Can’t Touch This,” with its catch phrases (“Stop ... Hammer time!”) and groovy hooks (thanks, Rick James!). The song went from novel to ubiquitous to please-make-it-stop.


Over the years, Hammer (he dropped the “MC” for a time) developed a lavish lifestyle and incurred huge production costs that eventually led him into bankruptcy. Since then, he’s had a religious reawakening and recently became a promoter and manager of ultimate fighters.


Brian Mackey can be reached at 217-747-9587.