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Texas (formed 1986)
Texas are a pop rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Its members include Sharleen Spiteri (singer, guitarist), Ally McErlaine (guitarist), Johnny McElhone (bassist), Eddie Campbell (keyboardist), Tony McGovern (singer, guitarist), Michael Bannister (keyboardist) and Ross McFarlane (drummer).
Formation: Formed in 1986 by Johnny McElhone with Sharleen Spiteri as lead vocalist, Texas played their first gig in March 1988 at the University of Dundee. Their name is taken from 1984 Wim Wenders movie Paris, Texas. It was stated in 2013 that Texas had sold 35 million records to date.
Musical Career: January 1989 saw the release of the band's debut single 'I Don't Want a Lover', which charted at number eight on the UK singles chart. Texas' debut album, entitled Southside, came out in March 1989 and reached number three on the UK Album Charts as well as being certified Gold by the BPI. Texas still spent the majority of the late 1980s supporting other acts such as Silly Wizard and Foregone Conclusion despite their success. The next record from the group, Mothers Heaven, launched in September 1991 and ranked at number thirty-two in the UK. Their lack of major success with recent releases was improved in April 1992 with Texas' cover version of the Al Green classic 'Tired of Being Alone' peaking at number nineteen on release. Texas' third album, Ricks Road, was released in November 1993 and reached number eighteen on the UK Album Charts.
Released globally in January 1997, the single 'Say What You Want' was an instant hit for the group. After being endorsed by then Radio 1 presenter Chris Evans on his Channel 4 show TFI Friday, the track reached number three in the UK in its second week of release. Further success followed with the release of the album White On Blonde in February, which debuted at number one in the UK and stayed in the Top 75 for ninety-one weeks. The record was certified 6 x Platinum by the BPI for UK sales exceeding 1.8 million copies; became one of Q magazine's '50 Best Albums of 1997' and '90 best Albums of the 1990s'; and nominated for the BRIT Awards 'Best Album in the Past 25 Years' in 2010. The band's next album was equally successful. The Hush came out in May 1999 and ranked at number one in the UK in its first week of release. The album was certified 3 x Platinum by the BPI. October 2000 saw the release of Texas' Greatest Hits Album which became the group's third consecutive record to reach the number one spot in the UK charts. It went on to be certified 3 x Platinum by the BPI.
After Spiteri gave birth to her daughter in 2002 she continued to work with the band on another album - Careful What You Wish For was released in October 2003, peaking at number five in the UK and certified Gold by the BPI. Red Book, Texas' seventh studio album, came in November 2005 and peaked at number sixteen in the UK. September 2007 saw the release of the band's BBC Sessions, which included live radio performances and covers spanning over the course of sixteen years.
Lead vocalist Sharleen Spiteri began a solo career in 2008 and launched her debut album in July of that year. Entitled Melody, it reached number three in the UK charts. The Movie Songbook, Spiteri's next album release, came out on the 1st March 2010, and ranked at number thirteen in the UK.
On 8 September 2009, guitarist Ally McErlaine collapsed and was rushed to hospital after having a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 40. He began to recover well by February 2010 according to bandmate Spiteri's words to the Sunday Mail around that time. McErlaine managed to survive a collapse which kills in 80% of its cases, and the group went on tour once again in 2011. They also began playing at some festivals to give teasers of the new album soon to be released.
Texas reportedly signed a new record deal with PIAS Recordings in February 2013 according to Music Week. The Conversation was launched in May 2013 as the first album released by the group since reuniting. Certified Platinum in France, the record as also successful in the UK - peaking at number four on the UK Album Charts. The band's 25th anniversary was commemorated with the album Texas - a compilation of new re-recordings of the group's biggest hits. Four new songs and eight completely reworked tracks were included on the record, which was released in February 2015 and reached number five in the UK Album charts.
Police in Austin, Texas have arrested one suspect after gunshots rang out during the city's South by Southwest Festival.
No one was injured in the shooting, which took place in the early hours of Sunday (20Mar16).
Authorities recovered a gun near Trinity Hall at Old School Bar & Grill, where local rockers Hour Band had been playing a free show as part of the annual music and film festival, reports USA Today.
No further details about the gunman or his charges had been released as WENN went to press.
Taylor Swift is heading to the races as the headliner for a massive concert at the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix.
The Shake It Off star will play a concert on 22 October (16) for thousands at the Austin, Texas sporting event, which marks the only Formula One race held in America.
Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein believes Swift's star power can not only bring in racing fans, but also usher in a new group of music fans who will be introduced to the popular European motorsport
"The top performer in the world right now is Taylor Swift and she will perform on the Saturday before the race the following day," Epstein tells Forbes magazine.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift To Headline U.s. Grand Prix Concert
Country star Randy Travis has performed for the first time since a debilitating stroke two years ago, paying tribute to a dear friend at his funeral.
The Forever and Ever, Amen singer is slowly regaining his abilities following his 2013 health scare which left him unable to walk and talk.
And while he continues to recover, he made a rare public appearance at a memorial service for his friend Pierre de Wet during a ceremony on 3 February (16).
South Africa-native de Wet, founder of the Keipersol Estates winery, passed away at the age of 61 on 26 January (16), but prior to his death, he laid out specific plans for his funeral and memorial, which included a performance by Travis.
Continue reading: Randy Travis Performs For First Time Following Stroke
Mexican Pop Star Gloria Trevi Has Been Reunited With Her Lost Dog, Thanks To An Eagle-eyed Fan.
The veteran singer recently took to social media to appeal for the safe return of Lola and shared a photo of the Yorkie, which ran away from her Mission, Texas neighbourhood on 16 January (16).
Trevi even posted pictures of the flyers she had distributed to locals, which offered up a cash reward for the pooch's safe return, online.
Not long after spreading the word of her furry friend's disappearance, the Pelo Suelto hitmaker was contacted by a fan who had found her dog safe and well.
Continue reading: Gloria Trevi Reunited With Lost Dog
The Scottish rocker, who befriended Rickman when he starred in the group's 2000 music video for In Demand, revealed she persuaded him to take the role in the much-loved films.
Once shooting began, Rickman - who played Severus Snape in the franchise - showed Spiteri the wig he was to wear, which he told her was inspired by her trademark tresses.
Continue reading: Sharleen Spiteri Inspired Alan Rickman's Harry Potter Style
Texas rocker Ally Mcerlaine has been reunited with his favourite guitar after it was tracked down to a storage depot.
The musician's beloved sunburst-design Gibson Es-335, which he was given when he joined the Scottish band in 1988 and later featured on the artwork for their 1989 hit I Don't Want A Lover, went missing during a charity concert in London in 2012.
Earlier this year (14), MCErlaine appealed for help in finding the $4,800 (£3,000) instrument and now it is back in his hands thanks to a photographer in Brighton, England.
Continue reading: Ally Mcerlaine Gets Lost Guitar Back
Sharleen Spitteri and Texas - Snaps from the Gala concert held at the SSE HYdro SECC arena in Glasgow before the start of golf tournament The Ryder Cup which see's Europe's golfers take on golfers from the USA - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th September 2014
Sharleen Spiteri has joked her 11-year-old daughter Misty ''doesn't give a s**t'' whether she is at home or on the road with Texas.
Sharleen Spiteri has joked her daughter ''doesn't give a s**t'' whether she's at home or on tour.
The Texas frontwoman admits her 11-year-old daughter Misty enjoys the freedom when her mother is away on tour with the 'Inner Smile' group, but 46-year-old Sharleen misses the youngster when she is away and speaks to her five times a day.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''She doesn't give a s**t whether I'm there or not. It's only me that misses her. [On the phone], it's like 'Yeah mum, I've got to go. I'm going to make Halloween decorations. Goodbye.' ''
Continue reading: Sharleen Spiteri's Daughter Enjoys Tour Freedom
The singer was shooting the promo for the Halo hitmakers' new track The Conversation in Paris, France, when she fell and hit her head.
She was taken to hospital and was reportedly treated for a concussion and grazes to her face, according to reports.
Continue reading: Sharleen Spiteri Injured While Shooting Texas Video
Lou Ferrigno, Las Vegas and Texas Saturday 19th February 2011 Celebrities, Poker Pros and Football Stars Raise Their Hand For Africa Texas Hold'em Charity Tournament held at The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
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