Elbow (formed 1990) Elbow is a Manchester-based alternative rock band. The lineup of the band consists of Guy Garvey on vocals and guitar, Mark Potter on guitar and backing vocals, Craig Potter on keyboards and backing vocals, Pete Turner on bass and Richard Jupp on drums.

Formation & Early Years: Guy Garvey and Mark Potter met whilst they both attended Bury College. Potter was in a band with Richard Jupp and Pete Turner and asked Garvey to join the band as a singer. The band, at the time, was called Mr. Soft and later changed to simply 'Soft'. Mark's brother Craig joined the band shortly afterwards. The name changed once again, to Elbow and in 1997, they signed a record deal with Island Records.

Elbow recorded a debut album with Steve Osborne as producer. Soon after the recording of the album, however, Island Records was bought out by the Universal Group. A number of bands were culled from the roster during the buy-out. Elbow was one of them and the album was not released.

The band was not deterred by the setback and instead released The Noisebox EP on the independent Uglyman label. This was followed up by the release of The Newborn EP and The Any Day Now EP. The latter two releases received a great deal of airplay on BBC Radio 1.

Debut Album Onwards: Elbow's debut album was entitled Asleep In the Back. The album was released on V2 in 2001. The band was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize as well as a BRIT Award.

In 2003, Elbow released their second album, Cast of Thousands. The title comes from a moment during their Glastonbury 2002 performance, when they recorded the vast audience singing "We still believe in love, so fuck you." Elbow later used that recording on the song 'Grace Under Pressure'.

2004 saw Elbow touring Cuba, playing a number of clubs in the Havana area. Much of the tour was recorded by the documentary maker Irshad Ashraf. Although the film that he made was never released commercially, it was shown at a number of festivals during the summer of 2004. That same year, their song 'Fallen Angel' was featured on the soundtrack to the film 9 Songs, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Elbow recorded a cover version of 'Independent Woman' by Destiny's Child that was featured on BBC Radio 1.

Elbow's third album was entitled Leaders of the Free World. The band produced the album themselves, at Salford's Blueprint Studios. A group of artists that worked under the name The Soup Collective produced a multimedia music and video VDV for the band. The album did not perform well commercially, though it received favourable reviews in the press. As a result, Elbow were released from their contract with V2.

Fiction Records soon signed Elbow to a new recording contract. In 2005, their track 'Snowball' was used on the War Child fundraiser album Help - A Day in the Life. They also contributed to another film soundtrack, when 'Beats For Two' was selected for the film Inside I'm Dancing.

The Seldom Seen Kid was Elbow's fourth studio album. Released in 2007, the album marked a new chapter in Elbow's career. The band produced the album themselves again and once more found one of their tracks on a film soundtrack. This time, 'Grounds For Divorce' was featured on the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand. The Seldom Seen Kid also won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. It was the second time that the band had been nominated for the award, but the first time that they had won. Jools Holland presented the award to the band on the night.

In June 2008, Elbow released 'One Day Like This', one of the biggest hits of their career so far. The track was used on the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was also utilised in Channel 4's coverage of Big Brother.

Other Projects: Guy Garvey works as a radio presenter on the BBC's digital station 6Music, which also features the likes of Steve Lamacq and Adam & Joe.

Garvey has also produced I Am Kloot's debut album Natural History.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Guy Garvey Proud Of Elbow Hit At Weddings

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The singer is not a fan of the the classic standard most associated with Frank Sinatra, and he would cringe every time he heard it being played as he toasted a happy couple.

In recent years he has noticed Elbow's 2008 hit One Day Like This has started to replace My Way at wedding parties, and he is proud to be the co-writer of a track so beloved of newlyweds.

Garvey tells Q magazine, "It's always flattering... I never expected it, though I did always have the ambition of writing a song to replace Frank Sinatra's My Way because I hate it. That wasn't the intention with One Day Like This, but it's pushed it out at weddings which is great because his song is basically: 'I was a total t**t!'."

Guy Garvey Wrecked Four Hotel Rooms In One Day

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The Elbow frontman landed a contract with V2 Records in 2001, 11 years after the band first started playing together, and Garvey was so excited he went on a huge drinking binge.

The following day he ran a bath at his hotel but was still drinking and forgot he had left the taps on - and the resulting flood damage wrecked his room and the three directly beneath it.

One Day Like This singer Garvey tells Q magazine. "It was the day after we signed to V2 Records. I drank too much, ran a bath... and ran and ran and ran a bath and flooded the floor beneath. I've stayed there since but they always put me on the lowest floor possible because I didn't just trash my room, but the three underneath it."

Robert Plant Covers Elbow's Refugee Song For Charity Album

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The Led Zeppelin icon is among the artists who have contributed tracks to charity album The Long Road, created with officials at the British Red Cross, to support asylum seekers in the U.K. and refugees throughout the International Red Cross network at a time when hundreds of thousands continue to flee to Europe and the U.S. to escape war in the Middle East.

His take on The Blanket of the Night details the struggles refugees face as they tackle a treacherous journey to seek asylum in the U.K. and the singer was more than happy to get involved to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.

"We have a worldwide international catastrophe. Talking about it is one thing, doing something about it is another," says Plant. "The position we are in, it's paramount we all do our best one way or another to help."

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Guy Garvey Dating British Actress Rachael Stirling

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The British singer was heartbroken when he split from writer Emma Unsworth, his girlfriend of almost 10 years, and he subsequently relocated to New York to get over the relationship.

He has now moved on with Rachael, the daughter of acting veteran Diana Rigg, and he admits the romance is getting serious.

"She is lovely. Her mum is Diana Rigg and yes, we are courting. We get on," he tells Britain's The Sun newspaper. "She only knew one Elbow song. It's a meeting of minds and interests. If you've not got the same morals and politics, it's pointless being with somebody. I've never been an Adonis and, at our age, we just get on with enjoying time together.

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Elbow Singer Guy Garvey To Curate 2016 Meltdown Festival

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Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has been announced as the curator of next year’s Meltdown festival. Garvey follows on from this year’s curator, Talking Head’s David Byrne, while past hosts have included Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Morrissey.

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The festival, which happens annually at London’s Southbank Center, will be held next year from June 10th to 19th. The singer is no stranger to the event, having performed in 2008 when it was curated by Massive Attack.

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Elbow Want Bond Soundtrack

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Elbow want to record a James Bond theme.

The 'One Day Like This' hitmakers worked on a song for Simon Pegg's movie 'Man Up' and enjoyed the experience so much, they have now set their sights on the iconic spy franchise and want to soundtrack the entire movie.

Frontman Guy Garvey said: ''Simon's been a fan and a pal for a couple of years and they approached us to do the last song of the film. It took a couple of days but it was really interesting working over the film footage.

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Kendal Calling Festival 2015 - Day 3

Elbow - Kendal Calling festival 2015 - Day 3 - Performances - Elbow at Kendal Calling - Penrith, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st August 2015


Sting & Peter Gabriel Add Tracks To Dalai Lama Birthday Album

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Kate Bush and Elbow will also feature on the Art of Peace Foundation's Songs for Tibet II, which will hit stores and the Internet on 6 July (15).

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Kelis To Cook For Her Fans

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Kelis will cook for fans at London's OnBlackheath Festival.

The 35-year-old singer - whose sixth studio album 'Food' was released last year - is also a certified chef and has been booked to serve up treats to hungry music lovers at the event.

She said: ''I love London and can't wait to cook and play at OnBlackheath Festival! I hope everyone comes out for a good time.''

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Elbow Performing Live At The Apollo In London

Shots of the British band Elbow as they gave a live performance on stage at the Apollo in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th February 2015


One Direction Take Band Aid First Line

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One Direction have been given the opening lines of Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time?'.

The star-studded charity single - which will raise money for the fight against the Ebola virus - was unveiled for the first time last night (16.11.14) on 'The X Factor' after being completed at 4.20am and it is believed the acts involved didn't know which lines they had been given until the ''rough'' edit aired.

The 'Steal My Girl' group were thrilled to be asked to be a part of the project, with Liam Payne telling The Sun newspaper: ''We've seen it every year on the telly since we were kids.

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Ryan Adams Added To ITunes Festival Line-up After Concerts Sell Out

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After selling out a string of UK gigs in September, the returning Ryan Adams has been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London joining the previously announced headliners Maroon 5, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of SummerAs well as Adams, Jessie Ware and Lenny Kravitz will play the ever-popular festival. 

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"I'm really excited about my new album, Strut, and playing the festival this year, as well as working with iTunes," Kravitz said in a statement. "Looking forward to seeing everybody at the show next month!"

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NOS Alive (Optimus Alive) Festival 2014

Elbow - NOS Alive (Optimus Alive) Festival 2014 - Day 1 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Thursday 10th July 2014


Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2

Elbow and Guy Garvey - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2 - Elbow - London, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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Glastonbury Festival 2014

Elbow and Mark Potter - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2 - Elbow - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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