First Album Released: 1990
Last Album Released: 1993
Popular 90's Song: kissing game
Hi-Five is an American R&B quintet based out of Waco, Texas, which had a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 in the early 1990s with "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)". The band was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson (September 2, 1975 – June 1, 2007), Roderick "Pooh" Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.
Hi-Five was originally signed to Jive Records in late 1989 and released their first album, Hi-Five, in 1990. The album went platinum and was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley; it included such singles as "I Just Can't Handle It" (R&B #10), "I Can't Wait Another Minute" (Pop #8, R&B #1), and their biggest hit to date, "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)", which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
On June 1, 2007, Thompson's body was discovered at around 10 p.m. Friday outside of an apartment complex in his native Waco, Texas. A medical examiner determined that Thompson, 31, died from “toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane,” or accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of Freon.