Robbie Williams turns 45 today

Singer Robbie Williams was born on this day in 1974

Robbie Williams turns 45 today

Singer Robbie Williams was born on February 13, 1974, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. When he was just 3 years old, his mother Janet divorced his father entertainer Pete Conway. Williams grows up with his mother and stepsister, Sally, and he rarely stayed out of trouble in school. He performed in local plays and spent school holidays with his father, watching him perform comedy acts. At 16, he was selling double glazing when his mother told him about an audition for a boy band. His rendition of Jason Donovan’s “Nothing Can Divide Us” won him a spot alongside Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange. The band was called Take That. As a member of the boy band, Williams helped earn Take That six No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums. But five years of living a squeaky-clean image turned out to be enough for the young singer, and at 21 he left the band. He kicked off his solo career by signing a contract with Chrysalis/EMI for over $1 million and singing a hit cover of George Michael’s “Freedom.” His first solo album, “Life Thru a Lens” (1997) got a lukewarm reception from critics. But his single from it, “Angels,” sold more than 800,000 copies and spent over three months in the UK’s top 10. Subsequent albums continued his winning streak: “I’ve Been Expecting You” (1998), “Sing When You’re Winning” (2000), “Swing When You’re Winning” (2001), “Escapology” (2002), “Intensive Care” (2005), “Rudebox” (2006), “Reality Killed the Video Star” (2009) and “Take the Crown” (2012). In 2010, Williams reunited with Take That and recorded the highly successful album “Progress”. But less than a year later, reports emerged that he would be leaving the band again, leaving their concert tour in 2011. In fall 2013, he released his sequel album “Swing When You’re Winning II, Swings Both Ways”. He followed that in 2016 with the release of his eleventh studio album “Heavy Entertainment Show”. Williams has set up a charity in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent entitled Give It Sum, its goal is to improve local conditions and strengthen community life by giving money to those who are disadvantaged. In 2014, he was awarded the freedom of his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, as well as having a tourist trail created and streets named in his honor.

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