As one of the boy bands that exploded onto the airwaves in the late 1990s, the Backstreet Boys seemingly became a phenomenon overnight. The stories behind how the Backstreet Boys formed show that while their hits may have come out of the blue, the path that drew them together was meticulously plotted.
The Backstreet Boys's backstory begins in Orlando, FL, in 1992. The brainchild of infamous music producer Lou Pearlman, it all started with an ad Pearlman placed in a local newspaper looking for singers. AJ McLean auditioned and won the first coveted spot. Then, an open call went out seeking young male performers who could cut it as boy band members.
In 1993, the group - McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell - finally came together. They played some bizarre gigs at SeaWorld as well as at a few shopping malls and restaurants before hitting it big in Europe. Soon, their music caught on stateside, and there was no stopping the group of harmonizing heartthrobs.
Even if you're a super-fan, there are lots of fun facts and things you never knew about the Backstreet Boys, their early years, and their subsequent rise, fall, and return.
Their Name Came From A Flea Market
Howie Was The Group's Original Lead Singer
Ryan Gosling Could Have Become A Backstreet Boy
Their Manager, Lou Pearlman, Was A Con Artist And Alleged Child Predator
The Backstreet Boys Watched Explicit Movies At Lou Pearlman's House
The Beat Used In 'The Call' Is Inspired By A FartVideo: YouTube