Formby to The Verve via the mag­i­cal Casino

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three Num­ber One hits with his only Top 10 chart en­tries. Fol­low­ing Yeh Yeh were Get Away in 1966 and The Bal­lad of Bon­nie and Clyde in 1967.

Fame, born Clive Powell, also worked ex­ten­sively with his friend Alan Price of the An­i­mals dur­ing the 1970s. The pair had a hit with Rosetta in 1971.

Singer Limahl, whose stage name is an ana­gram of his real name Christo­pher Hamill, found na­tion­wide fame when Ka­ja­goo­goo’s de­but sin­gle Too Shy went straight to num­ber one in

Jan­uary 1983. Two more hits fol­lowed. The sin­gle Ooh to Be Ah reached num­ber seven in the UK charts and Hang on Now climbed to num­ber 11. Their al­bum White Feath­ers peaked at num­ber five.

The Verve were formed in Wi­gan in 1990 by Richard Ashcroft (vo­cals), Nick Mc­Cabe (gui­tar), Si­mon Jones (bass) and Peter Sal­is­bury (drums). They met at Win­stan­ley Sixth Form Col­lege.

The band’s break­through came in 1997 with their LP Ur­ban Hymns, still one of the best-sell­ing UK al­bums of all time. It fea­tures the iconic sin­gle Bit­ter Sweet Symphony as well as the hits The Drugs Don’t Work and Lucky Man.

Fi­nally, as well as pro­duc­ing some of Bri­tain’s best mu­si­cal stars, Wi­gan has wel­comed a few too. The Bea­tles played a mem­o­rable concert at the town’s ABC cin­ema in Oc­to­ber 13, 1964.

It was part of the Bea­tles’ UK tour which took in 26 venues in less than two months! Straight af­ter play­ing Wi­gan, the Fab Four moved on to the ABC cin­ema in Manch­ester.

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