In the 1990s this band was one of the most popular boy bands in the UK, selling over 18 million records all over the world and their songs remained at the top of all the music charts for over 6 years in a row.
The band was founded in 1991, when a 20-year-old Tony Mortimer, an ambitious singer and songwriter contacted London Records recording studio.
The young artist was asked to form a band, this was the only way the producers would work with his materials. East 17 was formed of Tony’s friends, John Handy, Terry Coldwell and Brian Harvey.
The name of the band originates from the area where the boys lived and its postcode, E17 Walthamstow.
Tony Mortimer was mainly in charge of the songwriting, while Brian Harvey requalified from being the backing vocalist and dancer and came to the front as the lead singer and the frontman.