The British teen-pop band S Club was created in 1999 by pop impresario Simon Fuller, who chose the group's seven members -- Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Jo O'Meara and Tina Barrett -- from nearly 10,000 hopefuls. Then known as S Club 7, the group recorded their debut album S Club and began work on a BBC series, Miami 7, which featured the band as an aspiring group living in Florida; it became the top-rated kids' program in the U.K. around the time their debut single, "Bringing It All Back," climbed to the top of the U.K. charts.
The show debuted in the U.S. on the Fox Family Channel in the fall of 1999, and a Stateside release of S Club arrived in early 2000. That year, S Club also won a Brit award for Best British Newcomer, and began work on a cable series for American audiences titled S Club 7 in L.A. The septet wrapped up a busy 2000 with the release of their sophomore album, 7, late in the fall. Several top ten hits followed, however, their fourth, 2002's Seeing Double, was the first one not to debut in the Top Ten. Cattermole left the group to return to his old metal band, Skua. O'Meara recorded a solo single called Different Kind of People, but remained with S Club. In April 2003, the pop group announced their upcoming May split from a show live at London's Docklands Arena. During their four-year reign, S Club had 10 top five singles and four multi-platinum albums. ~ Heather Phares