The three original members of TLC, T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye, all contributed their own individualistic
and artistic styles to make TLC one of the most coveted groups to come out of the '90s. Considered to be one of the most significant
and accomplished R&B female groups in history, TLC, made an indelible impressionon the music scene with hits like "No
Scrubs", "Waterfalls", "Creep and UnPretty." This Grammy Award-winning group continues to take the stage today at top-tier
venues like the House of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Check out their full concert listings at StubHub now!
The idea of a girl group, peddling a hip-hop image was the brainchild of Atlanta-based record
producer Ian Burke and one of his clients, teenager Crystal Jones. In 1990, the idea was put to work when Jones went on a
hunt for two more girls to complete the trio. Tionne Watkins and Lisa Lopes responded. The group was originally dubbed 2nd
Nature and Jones, Lopes and Watkins stepped into the studio with producers Rico Wade and Jermaine Dupri.
was arranged with singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who was impressed by the girls, renamed them TLC-Skee. She then set up an audition
for them with LaFace Records. Watkins and Lopes inked a deal with Pebbitone, Reid's management and production company, while
Jones was asked to leave the group. While the search was on for Jones' replacement, the duo TLC-Skee made its debut on-record
appearance on a single for Damian Dame's eponymous 1991 LP. Soon after, the group found Jones' replacement, Rozonda Thomas,
who was one of Dame's backup dancers.
Now that their group was complete, TLC was ready to roll. Their debut album,Ooooooohhh
… On the TLC Tip, arrived in early 1992. Likened to the "new jack swing" of the day, the tunes were a blend of funk,
hip-hop and R&B. The album was well-received and earned quadruple-platinum certification within a year of its release.
The album yielded a number of US Hot 100 Top 10 singles, including: "What About Your Friends", "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "Baby-Baby-Baby".
lyrics of TLC's songs were mainly penned by Lopes and Dallas Austin. Their playful lyrics and sassy attitude served to empower
women, supported by the girls' quirky and flamboyant costumes and vibrant videos.
Tragically in 2002, Lopes died in
a car accident while in Honduras. In honor of their bandmate, Tionne Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas finished and issued
3D that same year. Their fourth effort climbed to No. 6 and generated the marginal hits of "Damaged" and "Girl Talk." Around
this time, a threesome of youthful singers known as Destiny's Child was making waves and included future hitmaker Beyonce
TLC reemerged in 2005 with a reality show, R U the Girl. The show debuted on the UPN network. The series was
used as a platform for the search for a Lopes replacement. Tiffany Baker turned out to be the winner. She was also known as
O'so Krispie. She cut "I Bet" alongside Chilli and T-Boz, which was featured on Now & Forever: The Hits. Two years later,
Now and Forever: The Video Hits arrived to complement their greatest hits collection. That same year, VH1 also released a
documentary, covering Lopes' last days on her spiritual journey in Honduras. The documentary was titled, The Last Days of
The discography of TLC is comprised of five compilation albums, four studio albums
and 21 singles. They have yielded four No. 1 hit singles in the U.S., which include: "Unpretty", "No Scrubs", "Waterfalls"
and "Creep". TLC was also inducted into the All Time Hot 100 Artist Hall of Fame in 2008 by Billboard magazine, earning a
spot at No. 56. TLC is deemed as the second best-selling girl group in history (behind Spice Girls). Their sophomore studio
album,CrazySexyCool, has also been celebrated as the second best-selling album of all time by a girl group (following Spice
Girls' Spice album).
TLC's studio albums include:Ooooooohhh … On the TLC Tip(1992);CrazySexyCool(1994);FanMail(1999);
Despite multiple run-ins with the law, each other and the group's recording label,
TLC has made great strides on the R&B music scene. Universally, they have sold over 65 million records, and in 2012, TLC
scored the No. 12 spot on VH1′s 100 Greatest Women in Music.
TLC Concert Experience
If you're like
many fans who yearn for the carefree days of the '90s, then you must make a point of catching a TLC live show! It's one thing
to reminisce with songs like "Waterfalls" in your car or at home but it's an entirely different experience to listen to your
favorite songs the way they were meant to be heard... in person. Gather up some friends and grab some tickets to a TLC show
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