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H-Town Biography

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Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
Years Active: 1991-Present
Genres: R&B

H-Town is an American R&B/hip hop vocal group that was formed in 1992 by Keven "Dino" Conner, his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their longtime friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. H-Town took their name from the nickname of their home town Houston, Texas.

H-Town's debut album “Fever for Da Flavor” was released on April 15, 1993. The group achieved hit status in the United States with "Knockin' Da Boots," which became H-Town's biggest hit and also their signature song. "Boots" was a #1 hit on the R&B charts, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Lick U Up," the bands follow-up single, was less successful on the charts. H-Town won the 1993 Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist.

In 1994, H-Town returned the studio to record their second album “Beggin' After Dark.” It was released on November 8, 1994.The most popular single from this album was "Emotions." It became a #11 hit on the Billboard R&B chart and reached #51 on the Hot 100. Other tracks from the album included "Sex Bowl," "Full Time," "Much Feelin' (And It Tastes Great)," "Buss One," featuring reggae singer Papa Reu, and "Baby I Love Ya," featuring Roger Troutman.

By the time H-Town returned to the studio to record “Ladies Edition,” they had undergone some changes. They recorded a cover version of The Persuaders' "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" for the 1996 film of the same name. The song became H-Town's first Top 40 pop hit in three years, peaking at #37.

They became more aware of women's issues on their third album “Ladies Edition, Woman's World.” It was released on October 28, 1997. The album's general theme centers on a man's penitence for his past transgressions with his woman, a theme conveyed in songs such as "Don't Sleep on the Female," "Julie Rain" and "Jezebel." According to the liner notes, the album was dedicated to Nicole Brown Simpson and "all the women of the world." Twenty national women's telephone helplines were also listed on the back cover.

In July 2000, Solomon "Shazam" Conner released a solo album entitled “Bringing the Heat.” Selected tracks from Shazam's solo effort were included on H-Town's 2004 album “Imitations Of Life.”

On January 28, 2003, Dino was killed in an automobile accident in Houston, Texas.

At the time of Conner's death H-Town was said to have just finished what would become their fourth album. They eventually released their reunion album “Imitations of Life” on October 12, 2004.

In mid-2009, the remaining two members, Solomon "Shazam" Conner and Darryl "G.I." Jackson released "Knocking Your Heels" from the album "Child Support." The single features Jodeci and Pretty Ricky.