Personalities | Take That | Nineties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1990–96, 2006–present)

Formed in Manchester around vocalist and songwriter Gary Barlow with Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams providing totty appeal. Debut single ‘Do What U Like’ was released on their own label in 1991 leading to a deal with RCA. From that point Take That dominated the charts and teen magazines generating devotion amongst their fans not seen since the heyday of The Beatles and Bay City Rollers. Barlow penned hits like ‘Pray’ and ‘Everything Changes’, while the dance routines, videos and hysterical tours kept the ball rolling year after year. The down-to-earth nature – and Northern accents – of the band kept a critical backlash at bay. Williams departed for a solo career in 1995 and the band folded in 1996. Greatest Hits (1996) was exceptional and the band reformed without Williams in 2006.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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