Evolving from a school group, the Makers, these leading UK New Romantics formed in 1979 with a line-up comprising Gary Kemp (16 October 1959, Islington, London, England; guitar), his brother Martin Kemp (b. 10 October 1961, Islington, London, England; bass), Tony Hadley (b. Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London, England), John Keeble (b. 6 July 1959, Islington, London, England; drums), and Steve Norman (b. 25 March 1960, Islington, London, England; rhythm guitar/saxophone/percussion). Another school colleague, Steve Dagger, became the bands long-standing manager. Spandau Ballet originally came to prominence as part of the new romantic scene revolving around a handful of fashionable London clubs, at which the habitués would dress in outlandish clothes and make-up. Such was the interest in this unknown band that the group was offered a contract by Island Records proprietor Chris Blackwell. This was rejected and, instead, the band...
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