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It's hard to believe that almost 30 years ago, the iconic band, New Edition, hit the music scene with their budding voices, charm, and teenaged charisma. The original five, Ronnie, Bobby, Rickey, Mike, and Ralph woo'd teen girls with their 1983 hit "Candy Girl".
In 1983, I was beginning to learn cursive writing, multiplication, and sat in Mrs. Schribner's 3rd grade glass at Wilson Elementary. Though not a teenager, my heart throbbed for Ralph. After hearing "Candy Girl", I wanted to bypass 9, 10, 11, and 12 years of age and jump right to 13 so I could be Ralph's Candy Girl. All I needed was a flipped bang, side baby hair, tight jeans, and oxford shirt with a starched collar...and I was in. (Just pure delusions of grandeur) My love, admiration, and delusion of marriage with New Edition didn't stop after Candy Girl, the fantasies continued with "Cool it Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man". By the release of "Cool it Now" the guys had spouted mustaches, their voices deepen, and girls across the world were in love. You too? Yes! I know. I mean, who didn't want to stand on the other side of a fence hoping that Ralph would come sing. You did. Me too. Because of this video, I had a pink sweatshirt and grey mini with a big bow just like that.... but no Ralph. (insert SIGH here) tags: "New Edition" "New Edition Anniversary Tour" "music" "new edition 30th anniversary"