10 things you didn’t know about Take That
With the music of Take That featuring in the new Tim Firth musical The Band, a beautiful story of friendship for anyone who grew up with a boyband, we thought we’d gather together 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about one of the world’s favourite groups.
1. Take That haven’t always been called Take That
Originally the group was just Gary Barlow and Mark Owen, and they called themselves The Cutest Rush, then, when Robbie Williams, Howard Donald and Jason Orange joined the young band, they called themselves Kick It for a while. Of course that didn’t last for long and they changed their name to Take That and Party, before settling on Take That.
2. Mark was the original fan sweetheart
According to reports, Mark Owen was the most popular member of Take That with around two thirds of fans sending fan mail to him!
3. The rise to stardom wasn’t meteoric!
Although Take That one of the most famous bands in pop history now, their first few singles struggled. In 1991 their debut single ‘Do What U Like’ only reached Number 82 in the UK. Their second single ‘Promises’, also in 1991, reached Number 38.
4. Take That have released eight studio albums, six of which have gone to Number 1 in the UK.
5. Take That were formed on the model of a UK version of New Kids on the Block.
6. Before they were famous…
Jason Orange and Howard Douglas were previously in a break-dancing band call StreetBeat, while Robbie Williams was a double-glazing salesman. Mark Owen was set to be a professional footballer, and even had a trial with Manchester United. Gary Barlow, though, had been singing all his life.
7. Robbie joined the band via an ad in the paper!
Robbie Williams was the youngest member to join Take That. He was just 16 years old and according to the documentary, Take That: For the Record, he has his mum to thank for his involvement with the band. Robbie’s mum responded to a newspaper advert wanting members for a new boyband. And the rest is history!
8. Their back catalogue is immense!
Take That have had 11 number 1 hits! Pray, Relight My Fire, Babe, Everything Changes, Sure, Back for Good, Never Forget, How Deep is Your Love, Patience, Shine and Greatest Day all shot to the top spot
9. But what’s their biggest anthem?!
The band’s biggest selling single to date is Back for Good. The 1995 hit is one of five Take That singles to have gone platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies in its first week and more than 1.07m to date.
10. Before the came ‘Back For Good’
The band broke up in 1996 just after their world tour. They released another single after Robbie’s departure but called it a day less than a year later on February 13, 1996. Fans were so distraught that the Samaritans set up a special helpline for them.
Want to relight your boyband fire?
The Grand Opera House is thrilled to be bringing Tim Firth’s stunning new musical The Band to the stage this November. One of the most successful musical theatre tours ever, the show features the music of Take That and takes the audience back to 1992 and the story of five 16 year-old girls who idolise The Band. Join us as this group of girls reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.
Don’t miss your chance to see this breath-taking, brand-new production before it hits London’s West End.