Twenty facts about Take That
- Credit: Emma Knights
From Take That and Party to Wonderland - as Take That head to Norwich this week arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at some of their greatest hits and highlights.
For more stories about Take That click here• Take That have sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
• They have released eight studio albums - Take That & Party (1992), Everything Changes (1993), Nobody Else (1995), Beautiful World (2006), The Circus (2008), Progress (2010), III (2014) and Wonderland (2017).
• They have received eight Brit Awards, including winning awards for Best British Group and Best British Live Act.
• Take That first formed in 1990 in Manchester with band members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams.
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• Their first single Do What U Like was released in 1991 and reached number 82 in the UK charts.
• Take That's breakthrough single was a cover of the 1975 Tavares hit It Only Takes a Minute which peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.
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• Their first UK number one was Pray in 1993.
• They have had 12 UK number ones in total - Pray (1993), Relight My Fire (1993), Babe (1993), Everything Changes (1994), Sure (1994), Back For Good (1995), Never Forget (1995), How Deep Is Your Love (1996), Patience (2006), Shine (2007), Greatest Day (2008) and These Days (2014).
• Back for Good reached number one in 31 countries including the UK.
• Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 and returned in 2010 for the album Progress and the Progress Live Tour which became the fastest-selling tour of all time in the UK.
• Take That split up in 1996 after releasing three albums, and their last single first time around was How Deep Is Your Love which reached number one.
• The group minus Robbie announced they were getting back together again in 2005, going on to do The Ultimate Tour in 2006 and releasing their comeback single Patience which went to number one.
• Take That's song Rule The World features in the 2007 film Stardust starring Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro, and which was partly filmed in Norwich.
• In August 2012 the band performed Rule the World at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
• Jason Orange left the band in 2014 and since then Take That has continued as a three-piece.
• In 2015 the song Get Ready for It, from the album III, featured in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine.
• The special effects in their live shows are legendary and include a huge elephant in The Circus Live and a flying machine in Take That Live.
• A huge 70ft robot man known as 'OM' was one of the defining moments of Take That's sell-out Progress Tour in 2011 – and he started life on a factory floor in Thetford. Warren Services and Boniface Engineering, both based at the Fison Way Industrial Estate, were tasked with turning the designs of Hertfordshire-based stage specialists Brilliant Stages into reality.
• The full list of Take That tours includes Party Tour (1992–93), Everything Changes Tour (1993–94), Pops Tour (1994), Nobody Else Tour (1995), The Ultimate Tour (2006), Beautiful World Tour (2007), Take That Present: The Circus Live (2009), Progress Live (2011), Take That Live (2015), Wonderland Live (2017).
• Take That are the co-producers of the new musical The Band which will feature the songs of Take That and star Five to Five, the winners of the BBC Let It Shine Competition.
For more stories about Take That click hereFriday's Take That concert at Carrow Road is sold out but there are still a limited number of tickets available for tonight's concert.
For more information, including how to book tickets for tonight, visit www.takethat.com/live/