Robbie Williams has officially rejoined Take That. The singer, who left the band in 1995, is set to reunite with the band for one year to record a new album set for release in November. He is also expected to tour with them.
Williams recently reunited with the band for Simon Cowell’s Haiti single, a cover of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, and has hinted at new studio sessions numerous times. Here are the band together in 1991.
It will be the first time the whole band have reunited to record together since Robbie left in the 1990s. The rest of the group split up in 1996 but got back together in 2005 – bagging two sold out tours and hitting the number one spot three times. Here they are in 1993.
Robbie joined Take That in 1990 when he was sixteen, becoming the youngest member to join the group. His mum told him he should apply after seeing an advert looking for members for a new boy band. He met fellow member Mark Owen on the day of his audition.
Although Gary Barlow took the lead vocals in most of the band’s songs, Williams sang on their first Top Ten hit ‘Could It Be Magic’, ‘I Found Heaven’, and ‘Everything Changes’. Here Robbie performs solo in 2006.
After leaving Take That, Williams launched his solo career in 1996 by covering George Michael’s ‘Freedom’. The single reached Number Two in the UK Singles Chart, twenty-six places higher than George Michael’s original. Here he is performing at Glastonbury in 1998.
Recordings for Williams’ first album began at London’s Maison Rouge studios in 1996. Shortly after his introduction to Guy Chambers, Williams released ‘Old Before I Die’ which would be the first single taken from his debut album. Here’s Robbie with his Oasis mate Liam Gallagher in 1995.
His debut album, ‘Life Thru A Lens’, was released in September 1997. The album launched with his first live solo gig at the Élysée Montmartre theatre in Paris, France. At first, the album was slow to take off, debuting at Number Eleven of the UK Album Charts. Here he is in 2009 at his Children In Need Performance with Take That.
However, it was ‘Angels’ that became Williams’ best seller in the United Kingdom, being certified twice Platinum by the BPI. The song, apart from becoming a hit around Europe and Latin America, caused sales of his album to rocket. Here’s Robbie teaming up with Tom Jones at the Brits in 1998.
Williams and Chambers started writing the second album in Jamaica in early 1998. The first single, ‘Millennium’, was inspired by John Barry’s James Bond music. The song became Williams’ first solo Number One single in the United Kingdom when it was released in September of that year. Here’s Robbie with Take That in 1993.
In 2000 he released ‘Rock DJ’, a song inspired by Williams’ UNICEF mentor, the late Ian Dury. The video was censored by Top of the Pops because it showed Williams tearing chunks of skin and muscle from his body while performing a strip show. Here’s Robbie showing off his dance moves in 1993.
One of his most famous collaborations was his duet with Kylie Minogue on ‘Kids’. The single peaked at Number Two on the UK singles charts in 2000. Here he performs with the Australian pop star at the 2002 MTV Europe Award.
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