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Gary Barlow (born 20.1.1971) Gary Barlow is best known as a member of the hugely popular British pop band Take That. He is now also a judge of the UK talent show The X Factor. He has also experienced success as a solo artist and has won five Ivor Novello awards for his songwriting.

Childhood: After being inspired by a performance of Depeche Mode's 'Just Can't Get Enough' on Top of the Pops when he was 10 years old, Gary Barlow was given a keyboard for Christmas. He spent the next few years learning to play some of his favourite songs.

After winning a songwriting contest on the TV show Pebble Mill at One, Gary Barlow began to perform on the club circuit in the north, singing his own compositions as well as cover versions.

The casting agent Nigel Martin-Smith selected Gary Barlow to be the lead singer in a boy band he was putting together, after hearing Barlow's material, including an early demo version of 'A Million Love Songs', which later became a hit for Take That.

Music Career: Gary Barlow joined Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Mark Owen to form the boy band Take That. After signing to RCA Records, the band had a number of Top 40 hits (such as 'Only Takes a Minute' and 'Could It Be Magic') and finally struck gold and earned their first number one with the Barlow-penned 'Pray'.

Take That's debut album was released in 1992, entitled Take That & Party. The album reached number two in the UK charts. In 1993, the band released the follow-up, Everything Changes. The second album was largely based on Barlow's own material. Everything Changes went straight to number one in the UK and launched a number of hit singles.

In 1994, Gary Barlow received his first Ivor Novello award, winning the Best Contemporary Song for 'Pray'. That same year, Gary Barlow sang backing vocals on Elton John's cover of 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' for the film Lion King.

The third album from the band was Nobody Else, which became their final studio album of the 1990s. Nobody Else featured the single 'Back For Good', which was penned by Gary Barlow and has become one of the band's best-known songs. The band then released a Greatest Hits collection, which also reached number one. 'How Deep Is Your Love' was contained on the album and was the first single that the band released without Robbie Williams in the band. It was also to become the band's final single, before they reformed in in 2005.

Gary Barlow's solo career was launched in 1996, with 'Forever Love' and 'Love Won't Wait', both of which were number one singles in the UK. His debut solo album, Open Road was also a chart-topper.

The follow-up album, Twelve Months, Eleven Days was then released in 1999 but its sales performance was disappointing in comparison to its predecessor.

In 2010, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams released a duet, entitled 'Shame'. The track received a huge amount of radio airplay and debuted at number two in the UK chart.

To celebrate his 40th birthday, Gary Barlow held a concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, where he was joined by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin and Midge Ure. A number of celebrities sent birthday messages, including Peter Kay, Elton John and Chris Moyles.

After the release of the documentary Take That: For the Record in 2005, the band decided to reform, minus Robbie Williams. Their comeback single, 'Patience' was a number one hit for four weeks and was voted The Record of the Year in 2006. The band's tenth number one hit came with the follow-up single, 'Shine' The band's first album since reforming, Beautiful World was released in November 2006 and also went to number one in the UK.

The next album from the band was The Circus, which became the most pre-ordered album of all time and sold over 2.2 million copies in the UK. Barlow then set about writing the follow up, Progress - the first Take That album to feature Robbie Williams since 1995. An estimated 1.75 million people attended their supporting arena shows.

Gary Barlow has also written songs for a number of high profile artists such as Shirley Bassey, Will Young, Westlife and Charlotte Church. Barlow also has his own record label, Future Records, home to Aggros Santos, Camilla Kerslake and Emma's Imagination.

In 2011, Gary Barlow replaced Simon Cowell as head judge on The X Factor TV series. The other judges on the show were Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos (of N-Dubz) and Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child).

Personal Life: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have three children, Daniel (b.2000), Emily (b.2002) and Daisy (b.2009).



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Gary Barlow To Tour The UK In Spring 2018


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Gary Barlow is set to embark on his solo UK and Ireland tour this coming Spring with 34 dates in all across 24 venues, with some that he has never yet played before in his 30 year career. It is also his first solo tour in three years.

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The 46-year-old Take That star will kick off the tour on April 16th 2017 with a two-night residence at the Edinburgh Playhouse and will wrap at the unusual location of Delamere Forest in Cheshire on June 9th (following a performance at Thetford Forest between Norfolk and Suffolk). He will also play two nights at Manchester's O2 Apollo plus another two at the London Palladium in May.

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Take That perform at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, A day long Festival held at Hyde Park - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th September 2017

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Take That members Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald join their old band mate Robbie Williams on stage at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert - The concert was set up to benefit the victims of the terror attack after Ariana's Manchester show the other week. Stars from the US and UK both graced the stage and played a concert full of emotion and love. The even was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th June 2017

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Take That, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen
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Take That mobbed by fans at BBC Radio 2 after appearing on Chris Evans Breakfast Show. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 31st March 2017

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Gary Barlow and other members of Take That arrive at Global House in Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 23rd March 2017

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Gary Barlow Comes Face To Face With Robbie Williams Lookalike On 'Let It Shine'


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Gary Barlow had a shock during Saturday night’s episode of talent show ‘Let It Shine’ when a Robbie Williams lookalike auditioned.

On the BBC talent show Gary is looking for male singers to star in stage musical, The Band, which is based on the songs of Take That. However, as Gary told contestant Dan Budd, he’s not looking for singers who resemble the actual band members.

Take That Are Back Together For Good


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Take That are back together for good.

Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - is adamant the group, which is also comprised of Mark Owen and Howard Donald, will never split up again but thinks there may be a day when former member Jason Orange, 46 - who quit in 2014 - and part-timer Robbie Williams, 42, decide that they want to rejoin the trio.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 45-year-old hunk said: ''We're at the point in our careers where we feel more excited than we've ever been.

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Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp at the Let it Shine photocall held at the Ham Yard Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th December 2016

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Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp
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Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp
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Take That To Announce Tour In October


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Take That are set to announce a tour in October.

Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - has teased that the the 'Back For Good' hitmakers will have some exciting news coming later this year about their worldwide gigs.

Replying to a fan on Twitter, he wrote: ''Tour news October X (sic)''

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Robbie Williams Is Reportedly In Talks To Reunite With Take That Again


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Robbie Williams could be about to join his old Take That bandmates again, to celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary. According to The Sun, Williams is having ‘secret talks’ to reunite with the band, five years after he briefly returned for their 2010 album Progress.

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A source told The Sun, "Robbie's first return to Take That was never going to be a one-off. He feels passionate and proud of the band's achievements and still wants to be part of it. He loves the big tours and being in the studio with the lads. His comeback will be a great way to mark their anniversary.”

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Gary Barlow Is An Extra Special Wedding Present


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A bride got the shock of her life on her special day when an extra special guest made an appearance at her wedding reception. Take That superstar Gary Barlow had been booked by the bride and groom’s friends and amazed the wedding guests with Rule the World after a Robbie Williams tribute act had finished his gig.

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Bride Katie Hardy and her new husband Stephen Hardy were kept in the dark about Gary’s appearance at their nuptials in Leicestershire after their friends had put their names forward following a Twitter competition Barlow launched in January.

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Labrinth Gets Down On One Knee At V


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Celebs have been more romantic than ever this year, making surprise appearances at ordinary couples' weddings, helping friends propose live on stage, and even popping the question themselves in front of huge audiences. And Labrinth continued the trend today (Saturday 22 August) by asking his girlfriend, Muz, to marry him, live at V Festival in Essex.

Labrinth and Muz at the Raymond Weil Geneva eventLabrinth has asked Muz to marry him

The singer-producer was performing at the annual event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford when he got down on one knee and proposed to his long-term partner, to the delight of thousands of fans.

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Jennifer Hudson Makes Surprise Appearance At Wedding In Dallas


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Jennifer Hudson has gone all Gary Barlow on us, crashing a couple's wedding and making their day even more special than it already was.

The Oscar-winning singer and actress turned up at one of Dallas's first same-sex weddings, as Scott and Chris Lindsey tied the knot at the W Dallas-Victory hotel in Texas on Wednesday after 14 years together.

Jennifer Hudson at We DayJ-Hud gave two grooms a day to remember

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Take That Give Advice To One Direction On How To Cope With Losing A Band Member


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Take That have offered some boy band-to-boy band advice to One Direction about how to carry on the aftermath of Zayn Malik’s departure, having been in the same situation themselves once upon a time.

Mark Owen was speaking to British radio station Magic FM when he was asked about the similarity of the two situations, and replied “Do you know what, one thing that we never did when Rob left us the first time is we never... You get caught up in your world and you forget sometimes... hopefully somebody's phoned Zayn and made sure he's alright, because it's, you know, it's difficult.”

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Gary Barlow To Turn 'Calendar Girls' Into A Musical


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The world premiere of Gary Barlow’s musical adaptation of the film Calendar Girls will be held in Leeds, the singer revealed.

On Sunday, the Take That lead singer revealed that the musical version of the 2003 hit film, to be called ‘The Girls’, will be held at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday November 14th, where it will then run until Saturday December 12th before moving base to Salford in January 2016.

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Gary Barlow will be writing the lyrics for a musical version of 'Calendar Girls'

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Gary Barlow

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20th January, 1971

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