the quartet’s members each had a celebrity lookalike: Mark Calderon, who serenaded the “Beverly Hills, 90210” crew at the Peach Pit, was a dead ringer for ex-Wham! singer George Michael. Sam Watters, dogged by Kenny G comparisons, is haunted by the sax-y similarity to this day. Kevin Thornton, the Milli Vanilli lookalike, battled sex addiction and suicidal thoughts before Jesus told him to quit the group. And Bryan Abrams’ mug makes the most post-Badd headlines, although they’re from the police blotter.
plus, this next is classic. and it’s just enough of cliché to be absolutely true.
Another big break came in 1989. Abrams and Thornton both worked at the Penn Square Mall multiplex, where the band sang an impromptu audition for heavy metal heroes Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora after spotting the group’s tour jacket…“We went and sat in back of Jon Bon Jovi while he watched a boring movie,” Watters said. “Bryan was always the best salesman out of all of us. He said, ‘John, can we sing a song for you?’” Abrams said his trademark pitch would be “just 60 seconds of your time, man.”
“Bon Jovi said, ‘All right, let me hear what you guys got.’ And we started singing ‘Daddy’s Home,’ and I could see his eyes as we were singing: ‘Wow, these guys can really sing.’ He asked us, ‘How would you guys like to open up in front of 20,000 people tomorrow night?’ And we’re like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ So they let us open on stage, and that’s pretty much how everything went,” Calderon said.
and everyone forgets this part:
Since CMB was a mixed-culture group, the music industry didn’t know how to market the diversity, Calderon said. “We weren’t an all-white group or an all-black group,” he said. “Plus, on top of that, we sounded R&B whenever we’d sing, so that threw them off even more. It didn’t sound like a bunch of white guys singing. Our sound didn’t match our faces.” CMB, which earned 1992 Grammy nominations, won Best R&B/Soul Single and Song of the Year at the Soul Train Music Awards that year.
much, much more, here.