Music – Glastonbury Festival – Pilton, Somerset
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.
Children In Need Rocks The Royal Albert Hall 2009
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.
The Brit Awards 1998 – London
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.
Music – Take That
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.
Music – Take That – Summer Tour
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.