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Richard Ashcroft was born on 11 September 1971 in Billinge, Lancashire and
has two younger sisters, Victoria and Laura. His father Frank died suddenly
when Richard was only 11, from a blood clot on the brain as a result of an accident
earlier. He is married to Kate Radley, former keyboard player for
Spiritualized, and has two sons, Sonny and Cassius.
Nick McCabe was born in Haydock on 14 July 1971, the son of a bus driver and the youngest of three children. He has a daughter Elly (born Aug 1993) from ex-girlfriend Monica, and he now resides with his wife Emily.
He met fellow Verve bandmates at Winstanley College
where he was a year above the new intake from Up Holland High. Richard Ashcroft
heard him play
guitar in a practice room one day, and described the sound as "a whole other
universe to me".
Simon Jones was born in Liverpool on 29 July
1972. He moved to
Wigan when he was 13. He met Richard Ashcroft at Up Holland High School where
they became good friends before leaving for Winstanley College. He was
inspired to start playing guitar by Richard's ambition to be a singer. Simon
Tong (an ex Verve member) was also a student at Winstanley, and taught Ashcroft and
Jones their first guitar chords. Jones and Tong were members of a Winstanley
band called Laughing Grave (or sometimes Applecart). Then they formed
The Butterfly Effect and Raingarden before Jones went on to join Richard as
Verve's bass guitarist.
Pete Salisbury was born in Bath on 24 September 1971. He
drummed in a college marching band.
His first meeting with Richard at Up Holland High was during an argument that
in a fight, with them both on opposite sides of the playgound. Then another
time Salisbury broke
his ankle on the football pitch during a tackle with Ashcroft.