We all know how it went back in the day…Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync….98°.
Sexy, sweet urban soul quartet 98° formed in Los Angeles by four Ohio-based gentlemen: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, as well as Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. Mr. Timmons was trying to make it in the music world, , so he called Jeffre and Nick Lachey — both former classmates at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Artists –– and formed 98°, with Drew Lachey moving to the West Coast soon after.
During their strive to maybe, hopefully making it one day on TRL, The stud-ly quartet worked a variety of odd jobs to finance their talent show appearances. But after attracting attention by trying to crash backstage at a Boyz II Men concert, the group was offered a chance to sing on a local radio station, which in turn led to them meeting Paris d’Jon, the co-manager of Montell Jordan. Paris arranged demos for them and helped the group sign to Motown, putting out their debut single, “Invisible Man.” The sultry track became an instant hit, going on to touch the number 12 on the singles charts in ’97, leading up to the release of their self-titled debut album later that year.
Their second album, 98° and Rising soon followed and contained the hits “The Hardest Thing, “Because of You,” and “I Do(Cherish You)” (remember that Making the Video with Screech??), and a year later, they hit holiday gold with their seasonal set, This Christmas. (“This Gift,” anyone?) When the groovy group released their third full-length, Revelation, they had us all swooning over steamy single, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” which became the boy-band’s biggest hit, landing at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
But, as we all know, while things with the group cooled down when they announced a hiatus in February 2002, Mr. Nick Lachey achieved great success as Jessica Simpson’s future ex husband on the reality smash, Newlyweds;Nick & Jessica, and Drew Lachey went on to win season 2 of Dancing with the Stars. Timmons eventually wound up on an MTV reality show called Mission Man Band in 2007, as well as a brief run as a Chippendales producer/singer. Only Jeffre didn’t show up on TV after he (unsuccessfully) ran for mayor of Cincinnati in 2005. Eventually, the group drifted back together, getting their biceps back into the music world for a reunion in 2012, then pursuing a reunion full-time in 2013, launching a tour with NKOTB and Boyz II Men for the aptly titled, The Package Tour.