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All of the Corrs were born in Dundalk, County Louth, the children of musicians Gerry and Jean Corr. They have an uncle, Peter Corr, who was a professional footballer who played for, among others, Everton and Ireland. In 1949 he was a member of the Ireland team that defeated England 2-0 at Goodison Park, Liverpool, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home.
In late 1995, before the start of their first tour, additional musicians Anto Drennan (electric guitar) and Keith Duffy (bass) were brought in to supplement the band's sound. Their positions became permanent, although they are essentially only sidemen and tend not to appear in the band's promo videos nor make any contribution to the songwriting. However, Drennan has been credited as co-producer on some tracks.
From 2004 onwards, with Caroline on 'light duties' or absent, Keith Duffy's brother Jason Duffy joined on percussion, with Kieran Kiely on accordion and keyboards.
The Corr siblings were exposed to music from their early years. Their main influence was from their parents, Gerry and Jean Corr. They played ballads and folk tunes in local bands, and formed their own band called "Sound Affair". Jean sang and Gerry played the keyboards and they performed covers of songs by various famous bands. The Corrs children travelled with Jean and Gerry to gigs in the family estate car.
As they'd approached their teenage years, they worked on vocal harmonies and instrumental skills in Jim's bedroom, a house which he rented around the corner. Jim played the guitar, Andrea was the lead singer, and Sharon and Caroline on the keyboards. They used a drum machine on the keyboards for rhythm.
The Corrs were formed to audition for the 1991 film The Commitments. Jim, Sharon, and Caroline had a small part as musicians, while Andrea got a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte, the sister of the main character. While auditioning for the movie, they were noticed by their future manager, John Hughes.
Their first album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten, had its greatest success in Australia, Sweden, Spain and Ireland, gaining later success in the UK and in Canada. In 1997 they released Talk On Corners, which was principally popular in Ireland, eventually taking off in Britain, and later other countries. Both have been certified gold in the United States, and In Blue has been certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2004, they released a slightly more guitar orientated album, Borrowed Heaven.Sharon, Andrea and Jim Corr performing in 2004
They also recorded Canto Alla Vita with Josh Groban for his self-titled album, and also been involved with a number of collaborations including with Rod Stewart, Alejandro Sanz, Ron Wood from The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow on C'mon, C'mon and Bono from U2.
In 2005 the band returned with Home, a traditional Irish album celebrating their roots, many of the songs coming from their late mother's songbook.
The Corrs were made Honorary Members of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for their outstanding contribution to music and charity work. This was met with some discontent by some in the Republic of Ireland as the Order is, obviously, a British award headed by Queen Elizabeth II.
The album charted at #39 in the U.K. album chart, and #5 in the Spanish charts, possibly as it is the second 'best of' compilation in only 5 years.
Albums: Forgiven, Not Forgotten | Live | Talk on Corners | Unplugged | In Blue | Best of | Live in Dublin | Borrowed Heaven | Home | Dreams