Updated: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT | By Emma Jones
The origin stories of bestselling bands


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The story of Cheryl James' (Salt) and Sandra Denton's (Pepa), otherwise known as Salt-N-Pepa, took place at college, where the two were working as phone reps. "We were telephone solicitors at Sears Roebuck and Martin Lawrence worked there, Kid 'N Play, and Salt-N-Pepa at the same time," Salt told Oprah. May we add that their future producer, Hurby Azor, also manned the phones while studying as an audio production student, which eventually led the women to a record deal.