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Gary Barlow (born January 20, 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire) is a British singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer. He was one of the most successful songwriters of the 1990s, penning no less than 16 hit singles during the decade.
Take That ..... And Party
Barlow was generally recognised as the musical talent behind the successful boy band Take That. This UK group were signed to RCA records and after a number of top 40 hits eventually secured their first Number 1 with Barlows "Pray". Previous hit's to that included "A Million Love Songs" and "It Only Takes A Minute".
The band issued four albums between 1992 and 1996. The debut set was entitled "Take That ... and Party" in 1992; see 1992 in music. The following year saw the release of "Everything Changes". Their third outing, which was to be their last studio album "Nobody Else" came in 1995; see 1995 in music. A Greatest Hits collection followed.
Barlow became somewhat insecure when other band members were given a "turn" at the lead vocals. However, he remained the songwriter, and the hit's kept on coming with the likes of "Back For Good" (yet another #1 in the UK and a Top 10 US hit, a song that is widely regarded as one of the best over the past 20 years) and "Everything Changes".
In 1996, Take That split up and Barlow went solo, and his first release, "Forever Love", was an immediate number one hit in the UK. His next album, Open Road, went to the top of the chart, as did his second solo single "Love Won't Wait" written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. The remix was produced by Junior Vasquez. The original demo remains one of many unreleased Madonna songs. He also topped the United States adult contemporary music charts with "So Help Me Girl", which was also a top 20 hit in the UK. Another single (the albums title cut) "Open Road" reached #7 in the UK.
Barlow performed at the first two annual Capital FM hosted "Party in the park" events in London's Hyde Park, in both 1998 and 1999.
An unsuspected backlash came in the very late 1990s, when the media (who had just been declaring him as the greatest songwriter of current times) turned their backs on Barlow. The press staged a battle between Barlow and his former bandmate, Robbie Williams after his single "Angels" was a hit. With little support from both the press and radio, Barlow was not in much of a position to compete. (Williams made fun of the missing success of the allegedly more talented Barlow in a hidden track at the end of his record Escapology, singing "Where has Gary Barlow gone?"). Barlow quit his career as a singer, with his final single remaining unreleased, he returned to songwriting and producing. Since this time, Barlow has married and now has two children.
His most notable success as a songwriter to date was Will Young's number one hit, "Leave Right Now", and he also wrote "Lost Without You" by Delta Goodrem.
Barlow is now company president of True North Music Company. He has also worked with Elton John, Donny Osmond and Christina Aguilera.
- Open Road — (1997) Charts: #1
- "Love Won't Wait" (4:17) (Madonna/S. Pettibone)
- "So Help Me Girl" (4:29) (H. Perdew/A. Spooner)
- "My Commitment" (4:48) (G. Barlow/D. Warren)
- "Hang On In There Baby" (3:39) (J. W. Bristol)
- "Are You Ready Now" (4:19) (G. Barlow)
- "Everything I Ever Wanted" (3:32) (G. Barlow)
- "I Fall So Deep" (4:02) (L. Loftin/M. Gustafsson/A. Powers)
- "Lay Down For Love" (5:33) (G. Barlow/R. Stannard/M. Rowbottom)
- "Forever Love" (4:50) (G. Barlow)
- "Never Knew" (3:50) (G. Barlow)
- "Open Road" (4:23) (G. Barlow)
- "Always" (3:32) (G. Barlow)
- Twelve Months, Eleven Days — (1999) Charts: #35
- "Stronger" (3:40) (G. Barlow/G. Gouldman)
- "Arms (3:50) (G. Barlow/P. Vettese)
- "Lie To Me" (5:30) (G. Barlow)
- "Fast Car" (4:45) (G. Barlow)
- "For All That You Want" (3:36) (G. Barlow/M. Martin/K. Lundin)
- "All That I've Given Away" (4:30) (G. Barlow)
- "Wondering" (3:43) (G. Barlow)
- "Don't Need A Reason" (4:35) (G. Barlow)
- "Before You Turn Away" (4:35) (G. Barlow)
- "Walk" (5:20) (G. Barlow)
- "Nothings Feel The Same" (4:05) (G. Barlow)
- "Yesterday's Girl" (6:54) (G. Barlow)
- "Lie To Me" (edit from dat) (4:04) (G. Barlow)
Chart positions are for the UK.
Barlows very first solo single (July 1996) UK: #1 Germany: #5 France: #27 Australia: #8
- "Love Won't Wait" (April 1997)
UK: #1 Germany: #78 Australia: #25
- "So Help Me Girl" (July 1997)
UK: #11 Germany: #35 Australia: #38
- "Open Road" (November 1997)
UK: #7 Germany: #63 Australia: #38
released only in the Netherlands in November 1997
The sixth and final single from the Open Road album released in Europe in April 1998 Germany: #69
UK: #16 Germany: #73
- "For All That You Want" September 1999
UK: #24 Germany: #94
(Gary's first ever single to be released in the States as a solo artist was "So Help Me Girl" which reached 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and Number 1 on both the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Radio & Record Play (R&R) charts).
- Gary Barlow News International
- Gary Barlow World
- Gary Barlow Page At Arista Records
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