It was an important day in pop history when Gary Barlow and the three other members of Take That made the mutual and risky decision to disband what had become the biggest pop group of the decade. It was not one which was taken lightly, but one which the four members felt was the right one - it was time to move on for all of them. The reasons for the headline making split were made clear - the huge umbrella that was Take That meant that the lads had little time to develop as individuals and with the arrival of newer and younger boy bands on the "pop" scene the four simply felt that, as Gary famously said at the farewell press conference "The time had come."
Having already penned a string of hits while in Take That (Pray, A Million Love Songs, Babe, Everything Changes, Back For Good) it was clear from the start that Gary possessed the pedigree to ensure that his new solo career would be as successful as his last. During their five year reign at the top of the pop world Take That were to sell over 10 million albums worldwide and notched up an incredible eight UK No 1's, a good proportion of which were Gary's handiwork. Although respect for his songwriting was growing rapidly, it wasn't until the 1995 release of "Back For Good" that Gary was to become established as one of the most successful songwriter's of the decade. The single catapulted the group to an incredible four week stint at the top of the charts, and earned them their first top ten US entry.
Barlow returned to the limelight in a successful TV documentary, Take That: For the Record in 2005. Following this success and renewed interest, Take That experienced a career renaissance in 2005 when the post-Williams line-up reformed for a sell-out stadium tour. The band then released the single Patience which peaked at number 1 for four weeks.