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Formed in Manchester, England, this vocal group probably came closest to emulating the Beatles legacy of phenomenal mass popularity. Teen pop can be a fickle career, but one similarity they displayed in common with their Liverpool cousins was the rare ability to unite both young and middle-aged music fans. The group was astutely managed by Nigel Martin-Smith and led by lead vocalist and songwriter Gary Barlow (20 January 1971, Frodsham, Cheshire, England), with Mark Owen (b. Mark Anthony Owen, 27 January 1972, Oldham, Lancashire, England), Howard Paul Donald (b. 28 April 1968, Droylsden, Manchester, England), Jason Thomas Orange (b. 10 July 1970, Manchester, England) and Robbie Williams (b. Robert Peter Williams, 13 February 1974, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England). As a child Barlow was a talented musician, and backed Ken Dodd shows on the organ by the time he was 14. His first break came when he submitted a song, Lets Pray For...