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The Proclaimers Biography


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Birth Place: Auchtermuchty, Scotland
Years Active: 1983 – present
Genres: Folk Rock, Pop, Power Pop


The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March, 1962, in Leith, Scotland).

They are best known for the songs "Letter from America", "I'm On My Way," "Sunshine On Leith," and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." The pair came to public attention when an Inverness based fan sent their demo to the British band The Housemartins, who were impressed enough to invite the Proclaimers on their 1986 UK tour. The exposure of the tour won them a January 1987 appearance on the UK pop music television program The Tube on Channel Four.

"Letter from America" peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart, while the album "This is the Story" went gold. The follow-up album "Sunshine on Leith" featured "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (UK #11) and "I'm On My Way" (UK #43). They had a big hit with their EP "King of the Road," which reached #9 in the UK in 1990.