After becoming uneasy with hormone-drenched hoofing, Gary Barlow disbanded Take That, donned his serious songwriter hat and whipped out 'Forever Love': a UK chart-topper in July 1996 that should have previewed his debut album.

However, the album- scheduled for September 1997- was overhauled at the behest of Arista label boss Clive Davis (who launched Whitney Houston to superduperdom). The results were the Madonna-penned 'Love Won't Wait', which blazed a trail to the top for Open Road (1997). Success in America continued to elude him- despite a short-lived union with The Spice Girls' manager Simon Fuller- but further UK hits, touring, and rivalry with fellow Take That graduate Robbie Williams kept the pot boiling.

Sources: Gary Barlow Fan Club

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