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Jimmy Constable (b.1971) and Spike Dawbarn (b.1974) made buddies in 1990 and efficiently auditioned for the late evening tv music present The Hit Man And Her with Pete Waterman. By 1995, each lads had received the urge to enter the music enterprise and it was by means of a reference to supervisor Steve Gilmour, that they met Lee Brennan (b.1973) and 911 was born. The boys took to the highway doing reveals and golf equipment till Virgin Data picked them up and signed them. They rapidly recorded what would change into their debut single, a canopy of Shalamar‘s “A Evening To Keep in mind”, and this was put out in April 1996, though for a canopy, the 911 model was not as large a success as you may assume. The monitor solely simply broke the UK prime 40 and peaked at No.38.
It was, nevertheless, all uphill from this second on as 911 grew to become poster stars in lots of the teenage music magazines and two months later they launched an authentic comply with up with “Love Sensation”, which did a lot better in attending to No.21 and going even additional was their third and last launch of 1996, “Don’t Make Me Wait”, which went prime ten because the 911 boys accomplished recording of their debut album, working predominantly with writers and producers Eliot Kennedy, Mike Percy and Tim Lever and popping in one other cowl model, this time “Rhythm Of The Evening”, a monitor written by Diane Warren and beforehand recorded by DeBarge in 1985. 911 launched “The Day We Discover Love” in time for Valentine’s 1997 and it took them into the highest 5 this time with their album, “The Journey”, launched two weeks later. Two additional prime 5 hits would come from “The Journey” with “Bodyshakin’” promoting over 200,000 copies whereas the album would acquire a Gold certification.
911 took to the highway in 1997 to sellout crowds within the UK, Australia and within the Far East, the place their reputation was such that they bought out 35 nights inside hours of the tickets occurring sale! 911 additionally started to arrange for album quantity two and launched “Celebration Folks…Friday Evening” on the finish of the yr, giving them a fourth successive prime 5 hit within the UK. Jimmy, Lee and Spike now started to take extra management of their work and appeared as songwriters on many of the tracks that may kind “Shifting On”. Two additional prime ten hits would precede the album, “All I Need Is You” in March (UK No.4) and “How Do You Need Me To Love You?” in June (UK No.10) whereas “Shifting On” adopted a month later peaking within the prime ten and gaining a Silver certification. However that was it for the album because the boys performed reside as soon as extra throughout the Summer season of 1998 and pumped out a group of canopy variations lower than a yr later with their tackle the Bee Gees “Extra Than A Lady” coming in October.
The music gave 911 their highest charting single but, reaching No.2 within the UK. However it didn’t cease there. 911 went one additional at first of 1999 as they topped the chart with “A Little Bit Extra”, a success for Dr. Hook in 1973, which had stopped at No.2 within the UK! The album, “There It Is”, featured covers of Rick Astley‘s “By no means Gonna Give You Up“, Type Council’s “You’re The Finest Factor” and “Non-public Quantity”, by Judy Clay and William Bell, which 911 took to No.3 giving them ten UK prime ten hits in a row, whereas the album additionally went prime ten, peaking at No.8 and reeling in one other Silver award. However as so typically occurs with pop teams, the cracks began appearing and with private points and tensions at fever pitch, 911 determined to give up after they have been on prime. A biggest hits album with a brand new monitor, “Wonderland”, was launched on the finish of 1999 and that was that for 911. However not fairly…Lee and Spike pursued musical ambitions of their very own whereas Jimmy slipped out of sight for a number of years.
911 reformed in 2005 for the TV collection Hit Me Child One Extra Time alongside different reunited pop acts of the 1990’s. The boys went on tour in 2008 and reformed once more in 2012 for one more actuality contest, The Massive Reunion. The next tour that went into 2013 noticed curiosity in 911 again to the place it has been fifteen years earlier and inspired by this, the ‘boys’ put out a brand new better of album, “Illuminate…The Hits And Extra)”, which featured two model new tracks, “2 Hearts, 1 Love” and “I Do”, each of which have been launched as singles. 911, along with Blue, 5ive and A1, went on one other Massive Reunion tour all through 2014 and so they ‘boys’ haven’t stopped since. 2019 discovered them again within the Far East for extra sellout reveals, simply as they’d performed 20 years earlier, whereas 2022 and 2023 will see 911 again on residence soil for some new reveals throughout the UK…and there might be some new tunes as nicely!
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