Gary Kemp was born in Islington, London in October 1959. On his 10th birthday, he got his first guitar from his parents. In the 70s, he and his younger brother, Martin Kemp, went to learn drama at Anna Schers acting school. Then, in 1978, Gary Kemp formed The Makers. After Richard Miller left, his brother replaced him on bass. Thats when Gary changed the name to Spandau Ballet. Spandaus break came in March 1980 when they were filmed for a documentary on ITV. When the documentary was broadcast, the record companies were bursting out of their ears. They chose to sign to Chrysalis, as they were offered the most money. For 10 years, they had hits like To Cut a Long Story Short (1980), Chant No. 1 (I dont need this pressure on) (1981), True (1983), Gold (1983), Only When You Leave (1984) and Through the Barricades (1986). After Spandau Ballet completed a tour in 1987, Gary and Martin decided to go into acting once again.