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Marti Pellow

Date of Birth: Tuesday, March 23, 1965
AGE: 52
Occupation: Singer

Biography: Born Mark McLachlan he has been the lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet since their formation in 1982. He has also recorded solo material.

In 1982, at the age of seventeen, he formed a band with three friends from Clydebank High School in his hometown. The friends were Tommy Cunningham, Graeme Clark and Neil Mitchell, and the band?s name was Vortex Motion. This was subsequently changed to Wet Wet Wet, a title taken from the Scritti Politti song, "Gettin, Havin? and Holdin?". McLachlan also changed his birth name in favour of the stage name, Marti Pellow.

Pellow enjoyed success with Wet Wet Wet throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. However, in 1997 drummer Tommy Cunningham left the band and its success waned immediately. Pellow was by this time suffering from an addiction to heroin. On finally beating the drug, he stated: "It was textbook. I couldn?t function without it. But there?s no romantic side to heroin - it?s no good."

Pellow left Wet Wet Wet in May 1999, effectively disbanding the group. They reformed, however, in March 2004.

In October 2003, Pellow?s 66-year-old mother, Margaret McLachlan, died after a long battle with kidney disease.Pellow?s then-ex-bandmates attended her funeral, a show of support that touched the grieving frontman. "I thought it was a powerful gesture," Pellow said. "Moments like that put things into perspective - it wasn?t all about music, it was more about a kinship between us. I remember my mother once saying, ?Maybe Wet Wet Wet will get back together again one day?. She must have had a wee vision. I?d never closed the chapter on the band; I?d always left the door open."

Pellow has been in a long-term relationship with his now-fiancée, former "Miss Scotland" Eileen Catterson.

Pellow placed sixth in a 2003 Glasgow Herald poll to determine "The Most Scottish Person in the World"

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