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Take That - Timeline

In 1989, Manchester-based Nigel Martin-Smith set out to create a British male group modelled after New Kids on the Block. Martin-Smith was introduced to young singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, who had been performing in clubs since the age of 15. At 22, Howard Donald was one of the oldest to audition, Jason Orange had appeared as a breakdancer on the television programme The Hit Man and Her. Martin-Smith also selected 18-year-old bank employee Mark Owen and finally 16-year-old Robbie Williams to round out the group, which initially went by the name Kick It.

The group have scored 28 top 40 singles, 12 of which have reached number 1, as well as having seven number 1 albums. Internationally the band have had 56 number 1 singles and 37 number 1 albums. Take That have received eight Brit Awards, winning awards for Best British Group and Best British Live Act.

12-July-1991, Take That released their debut single “Do What U Like” which was a commercial failure, peaking at number 82 on the UK Singles Chart. The low-budget video for the track featured the band getting naked, showing their bare buttocks and smearing jelly over themselves, resulting in the video being banned from daytime television.

17-Aug-1992, Take That released their debut album Take That & Party which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and stayed in the UK Top 75 album chart for 73 weeks.

9-Apr-1993, Take That released "It Only Takes A Minute", in the US, along with a Take That breakfast cereal box.

17-Jul-1993, Take That had their first UK No.1 single with "Pray", they went on to be the most successful British boy band of the 1990s.

9-Oct-1993, Take That had their second UK No.1 single with "Relight My Fire". The song which was written and released by Dan Hartman in 1979, where it topped the US dance charts for six weeks. The Take That version featured Scottish singer Lulu and gave her a No.1 hit nearly 30 years after her first hit in 1964.

23-Oct-1993, Take That scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release Everything Changes. The album which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize became the third best selling album of 1993 in the UK.

9-Apr-1994, Take That scored their fourth UK No.1 single with the Gary Barlow penned single "Everything Changes" the fifth single from the band's second album Everything Changes.

25-Aug-1994, Take That kicked off a 36 date sold out UK tour with 3 nights at the SEC Glasgow. During the tour the group played 9 sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena.

8-Apr-1995, Take That had their sixth UK No.1 single when the Gary Barlow penned "Back For Good" went to the top of the UK charts. The song sold over 300,000 copies in its first week and was also a US Top 10 hit. The song won Best British Single at the 1996 Brit Awards.

17-Jul-1995, Robbie Williams left Take That. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles and two No.1 albums with Robbie in the group.

5-Aug-1995, Take That played the first of ten sold out nights at The Nynex Arena, Manchester, (the shows were without Robbie Williams who had quit the group on 17th July 1995). The group were also at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Never Forget", their 7th UK No.1 and last with Robbie Williams.

13-Feb-1996, Take That split up, the biggest band of the 90s announced their demise in front of the world's press at The Hilton in Manchester, the band had achieved 7 No.1 singles & 2 No.1 albums. They released one more single and a Greatest Hits album. Following the band's break-up, fans were distraught and in the UK teenage girls threatened suicide and were seen lining streets in tears, to the point that telephone hotlines were set up by the UK government to deal with counselling them.

15-Feb-1996, It was reported that Take That were the UK's biggest single selling artists with sales over 3.9.million.

9-Mar-1996, Take That scored their eighth and last UK No.1 single (until re-forming in 2006) with their version of The Bee Gees 1977 song "How Deep Is Your Love", (originally intended for US singer Yvonne Elliman), and used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.

4-Apr-1996, Take That made their final performance on The Ivo Niehe Show on Dutch TV, playing two songs in front of a 250 strong studio audience.

8-Jul-1999, Take That's former manager Nigel Martin Smith started a new business, as an undertaker. It was reported that he was unhappy with a service he had used so he decided to buy a local funeral firm in Manchester.

25-Nov-2005, Take That announced that they were to reform for a tour, 10 years after they split up. At a press conference in London, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald said they would go back on tour in April 2006, but without Robbie Williams.

3-Dec-2006, The reformed Take That topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time ever in their career. The single "Patience" remained at number for the second week, and Beautiful World the group’s new album entered the chart at No.1.

4-Mar-2007, Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Shine", their 10th UK No.1 single. The song was featured in several commercials for the re-launched Morrisons supermarkets in the UK, and went on to win the British single of the year award at the 2008 Brit Awards.



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