Take That - Did You Know?

Take That - Did You Know?July 13, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English pop group, Take That.




Take That are an English pop group that was formed in 1990 in Manchester. These days, the band consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, while the original line-up of Take That consisted also of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams.

Take That have had 28 songs reaching the top 40 on the singles charts and 17 songs reaching the top 5 places on the UK charts. 12 of these singles even topped the charts. They also scored 7 number one albums. Internationally, Take That scored 56 number one singles and 37 number one albums. They also won eight Brit Awards, including for Best British Group and Best British Live Act.

But, before becoming rich, famous and successful, the members of the band had other occupations: Jason Orange and Howard Donald were in a break-dancing band called 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 was the only member who had been singing all his life.

Another interesting fact to share is about Robbie Williams, as it was Robbie's mother who responded to an advert in the paper on his behalf, and the rest is history as we all know now.

Take That are currently placed 15th overall on the Official Charts Company list of biggest-selling singles artists in British music chart history. This makes the band the most successful boy band in UK chart history, with 4 of the band's albums listed in the best-selling albums of the millennium.

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Take That first sang the song "Back For Good" at the 1995 Brit Awards, and it created a huge buzz and stir, that the release date of the song was brought forward and "Back For Good" was made available to radio stations 6 weeks before its release.

"Back For Good" sold 350,000 copies in the UK in its first week of release, the highest amount in 10 years, and thus, became Take That's biggest UK seller, as it sold 959,582 copies.

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