Hanson is a pop band formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the 1990s by brothers Clarke Isaac Hanson (born November 17, 1980), Jordan Taylor Hanson (born March 14, 1983) and Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson (born October 22, 1985). They are best known for their hit song, "MMMBop". more...
As young children, the Hansons lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and Venezuela, due to their father's job in the oil business. There, they grew up listening to Time/Life compilations of music from the 1950s and 1960s, along with the Latin American music that surrounded them, influencing their musical tastes.
The band, which was originally called "The Hanson Brothers", started out as three kids who sang a capella and recorded tapes with oldies like "Rockin' Robin", "Splish Splash", and "Johnny B. Goode", as well as a piece of their very own material. Their first performance as a professional group took place in 1992 at the Mayfest arts festival in Tulsa.
Devoted fans of Hanson are also aware of their early video appearance on Carmans "Yo Kidz The Vidz", which includes Taylor cast as a young biblical David facing Goliath, Isaac cast as an event announcer, and other members of the family, including Zac, in the stands cheering on this "sporting event".
Later on, Isaac picked up a secondhand guitar, Zac borrowed an old set of drums, and Taylor became the keyboard player of what turned into a garage band. Two independent albums later, they found themselves at the South By Southwest music festival for unsigned music bands. There, they were promptly signed by manager Christopher Sabec, who took them to Mercury Records where they became instant worldwide sensations with the release of their first major-label album, Middle of Nowhere.
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