Number of songs: 2 | Total weeks on charts: 131 Appearing in a total number of: 15 charts | Total period running: 257 days
Gary Barlow (born January 20, 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England) is an English singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer. He was one of the most successful songwriters of the 1990s, penning no less than 16 hit singles during the decade. Barlow was generally recognized as the musical talent behind the successful boy band Take That. This UK group were signed to RCA records and after a number of top 40 hits eventually secured their first Number 1 with Barlow's "Pray." Previous hits included "A Million Love Songs" and "It Only Takes A Minute."BR>
After the split of Take That, Gary released two albums, Open Road followed by Twelve Months, Eleven Days, but his second didn't achieve the same level of success as his first, and he was subsequently dropped by his label. However he continued writing successful songs for other singers and bands until the reform of Take That in 2006.
Barlow is one of Britain's most successful songwriters, having written thirteen Number 1 singles. He has had three Number 1 singles and two Number 1 albums as a solo artist, and has had sixteen top 5 hits, eleven Number 1 singles and seven Number 1 albums with Take That.
He is also a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
He was appointed an OBE in 2012 for services to music and charity.