Boyzone is an Irish boy
band who had popular mainstream success during the 1990s. They were most
successful in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Asia and the UK and they
also had differing levels of success in parts of Central Europe.
The band have released
six #1 UK hit singles and four #1 albums, with sales approaching 20
million records as of 2008. They made a comeback in 2007, originally with
the intention of just touring but Ronan Keating confirmed in an interview
that they wanted to "outdo Take That" in terms of a successful reunion.
Boyzone was formed in 1993 through an advertisement calling for auditions
to form a new all-male 'boy band' vocal group: 'the Irish Take That', by
Louis Walsh who is also known for managing Johnny Logan and Westlife.
With some of the
original members fading away and others being brought into the group, it
took some time before Boyzone settled down into its most recognisable
five-member line-up of Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Keith
Duffy and Shane Lynch. David McKeever, one of the original band members,
left the band citing musical differences with Ronan Keating. They played
through 1993 and in the early parts of 1994 all over Northern Ireland,
mainly in pubs and clubs, before Polygram signed them up in 1994 and
released the cover version of the Four Seasons' hit "Working My Way Back
to You", featuring Graham and Gately on lead vocals. It reached No. 3 in
the Irish Charts.
The release of their cover version of the classic Osmonds' hit, Love Me
for a Reason, broke the British charts. The song hit No. 2 in the UK and
was included in their 1995 hit debut album "Said and Done". The album
reached the No. 1 spot in Ireland and the UK.
For seven years after their split in 2000 the band members had mixed
success in their individual careers. Keating in particular remained a
force in the music industry as he continued writing and managing other
bands. Ronan Keating has made a career from going solo and has released
five albums, also achieving countless hit singles such as "When You Say
Nothing at All"