Robert Peter Williams was born on February 13th 1974. His mum and dad ran a pub called The Red Lion in Stoke on Trent. When he was 3 years old his parents split up and he, his mum and his sister went to live on estate in Stoke. His father, Peter Conway was a New Faces tv talent comedian. At a very young age Robbie became a big fan of Port Vale FC whose ground was located next to the Red Lion. There are many people in Stoke-On-Trent who remember this charming and conspicuous boy. He was different to others and his mother began to believe that he would become a famous star when he was just 3 years old.
He played the clown in the class and he loved being the centre of attention. He had several parts in musicals like 'Fiddler On The Roof and Oliver. He was good in everything except schoolwork!
Robbie left school at 16 and took a job as a double glazing salesman. He absolutely hated it. He wasn't very good and told customers not to buy them because they were so bad!
His mum was the person responsible for joining the band 'Take That'. She saw an advert for auditions and sent Robbie to it. This was the first step to mega-pop stardom. As soon as the other members saw him, they knew he was the right man for the job. Take That sold 15 million singles and had eight number 1 hits. Robbie was a much adored member of the biggest boy band of the world. Fans grabbed at their clothes and become crazy. He was every girl's dream date but he was the black sheep of Take That.
Robbie Williams never really seemed to fit in with Take That's clean image. Roguishly handsome where his bandmates were merely cute, Williams was tougher and sexier than the rest, which made him more distinctive. So it didn't come as a surprise that he was the first to leave the band, departing early in the summer of 1995 to pursue a solo career. For a while in 1995, he tagged along with Oasis and launched into a world of heavy partying, drinking, and drugging. Over the course of 1996, he was only heard from in gossip columns. It becomes almost his death and he realised he must kick off of his drug and drink addiction. Six horrible weeks in a dry out clinic followed. But it was his mum who helped him really to get back on straight and narrow. He had a bad reputation as pop star. Nobody liked him anymore. Robbie was determined to come back and how! He was quoted as saying his new music would abandon lightweight dance-pop for traditional Brit-pop.
His first solo single, a cover of George Michael's "Freedom '90." was released late in 1996 and was a disaster. His second single, 1997's "Old Before I Die," was more like his promise. It featured a distinct Oasis influence. Williams released his first solo album, Life Thru a Lens, in 1997. The album became a big hit in Britain, prompting his second, I've Been Expecting You, in 1998. The Ego Has Landed, a U.S.-only compilation designed for breaking Williams to American audiences, was released stateside in the spring of 1999. Sing When You're Winning followed in late 2000, gaining success with the video hit "Rock DJ," while a big-band album of standards (Swing When You're Winning) appeared a year later. During 2002, Williams celebrated an enormous new contract with EMI (rumoured to be upward of 80 million dollars), but suffered the loss of his longtime production partner, Guy Chambers. Escapology, the fifth Robbie Williams album (and the last including Chambers' input), sold millions of copies in Europe, though it failed to persuade American audiences. As a result, the 2003 concert record Live at Knebworth wasn't released in the States.
Finding Nemo soundtrack: Robbie is the only artist featured on the soundtrack to Finding Nemo. A smooth and ritzy classic, 'Beyond The Sea' was first made famous by fifties crooner Bobby Darin. However, it wasn't until the release of the album 'Swing When You're Winning' in November 2001 that Robbie gave it a new lease of life! Brimming with warm, silky vocals and classy jazz, 'Swing When You're Winning' was an instant hit! If you missed out on all the fuss the first time round, fear not, you can listen to excerpts from all the swing tracks on the album in the Tracks section right here in Music.
The wild Robbie seems to have another side. Girls he dated said that he's one of the most sweetest people they ever met. He is funny and makes everyone laugh.
From the bad Take That boy now it seems everyone loves him.
|1. Lazy Days
2. Life Thru A Lens
3. Ego Agogo
5. South Of The Border
6. Old Before I Die
7. One Of God's Better People
8. Let Me Entertain You
9. Killing Me
11. Baby Girl Window (Includes Hidden Track 'Hello Sir')