Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams

As the superstar Spice Girls outline plans for the recording of the group's third album, one-fourth of the act, Victoria "Posh" Adams, is getting to know her new son.

In early March, Adams gave birth to Brooklyn Joseph Beckham in London.

The baby's father is Adams' fiancé, soccer player David Beckham. Adams said she chose the baby's first name after the New York City borough.

Adams, who is planning to wed Beckham in the summer, was born 24 years ago today in Hertfordshire, England. She went to boarding school and then entered modeling with the desire to become a singer and actress.

Adams answered a 1993 print ad looking for five "lively girls" for a singing group. The ad's author, a show-business manager, selected the group's lineup; yet two months after the ensemble was in place, the Spice Girls left him to chart their own career.

They tried for two years to get a recording contract and eventually secured a deal with Virgin Records.

In 1995 the group signed with Annie Lennox's manager, Simon Fuller, and started writing songs with Elliot Kennedy. The following year "Wannabe" (RealAudio excerpt), the Spice Girls' first single, made history by being the only debut single by an all-female group to top the UK chart during its first week. The song stayed at #1 for six more weeks and quickly became a smash in 21 other countries.

The British media played a prominent role in the Spice Girls' popularity. Reporters began referring to the girls by their nicknames, Posh, Sexy (Ginger), Sporty, Baby and Scary, which supposedly reflected their individual personalities. Media in other countries, including the United States, soon followed suit, and the Spice Girls became global superstars. The girls' catchy dance/bubblegum pop, sex appeal, unapologetic feminism and unbridled sense of fun were the keys to their success.

The Spice Girls conquered the United States in 1997, the year both their LPs, Spice and Spiceworld (including such hits as "Viva Forever"), were issued there. The latter was also the title of the group's film, which was based on the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" and chronicled a week in the life of the press-hounded girls.

Last year the Spice Girls had another big hit with "Goodbye," and stuck together despite the defection of "Ginger Spice" (a.k.a. Geri Halliwell), who left before a big tour. They also issued the concert video, "Live at Wembley Stadium."

In February Scary Spice also gave birth. Last month the Spice Girls, who were named the most "powerful" music group of 1998 by Forbes magazine, contributed "My Strongest Suit" to Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.

Superstar producing team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and other producers, are reportedly scheduled to work on the Spice Girls' upcoming third album.

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