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The Proclaimers

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The Proclaimers Biography

Identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid were born in 1962, they began to perform as a Folk-Rock duo in Edinburgh, SCOTLAND in the mid-'80s; singing in thick Scottish accents backed with acoustic guitars, they soon garnered a a loyal and faithful following.

Chrysalis Records signed them in early 1987 and The Proclaimers released its debut, "This Is The Story", that same year, the album eventually went gold thanks in part to the single "Letter From America" which topped out at #3 on the U.K. Pop chart.
Their sophomore album, "Sunshine On Leith", arrived in August 1988, it reached platinum status in Britain, Canada and New Zealand and triple platinum in Australia and also hit #31 on the American Billboard Top 200 list; the record featured the infectious hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" which crashed into the top 10 of the Billboard's Modern Rock chart, but it wasn't until 1993, when the track was included on the "Benny And Joon" soundtrack, did "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" become a hit in the States, the song eventually peaked at #3 on The Billboard Hot 100.
In the fall of 1990 the duo unleashed the 4-track EP entitled "King Of The Road" and the classic song with the same name became a top 10 hit in Europe.
The Reid brothers followed with "Hit The Highway", before putting music on hold for seven years to spend time with their families, The Proclaimers' third effort released in March 1994, included only one U.K top 20 hit, "Let's Get Married".
In May 2001 the band resurfaced with "Persevere" and took to the road for over 100 gigs in the U.K. and North America.
The following year was released the collection "The Best Of...", which included three new songs.

September 2003 saw the release of the duo's fifth album of all-new-material, "Born Innocent".

The Proclaimers released its next record, "Restless Soul", in August 2005, the album's title-track was the first single off of the CD.

Two years later they put out "Life With You" which broke them into the U.K. Top 20 Albums chart.

In June 2009 The Proclaimers released "Notes & Rhymes" and followed it up with 2012's "Like Comedy".


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    Craig & Charlie Reid in the mid-'90s