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Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the punk-pop outfit Plain White T's began taking shape in 1997, a full ten years before the acoustic ballad "Hey There Delilah" made them Grammy-nominated stars. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally fascinated with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey's Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched a different band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio also joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T's to fruition during the fall of 1997. Performances in various Chicago clubs earned the band a small but devout following. In the summer of 1999, Higgenson was nearly killed in a car accident; the crash resulted in a ruptured kidney and lacerated lung. However, the event also left him with a newfound dedication to songwriting, and the band began making quick progress as a result, self-releasing Come on Over in 2001 and signing with Fearless Records for the release of Stop in 2002. Although plagued by lineup shifts during the supporting tour, Plain White T's still found time to record All That We Needed, which hit shelves in early 2005. By that point, the band's roster had solidified with a lineup comprised of vocalist Higgenson, guitarists Tirio and Tim Lopez, drummer De'Mar Hamilton, and bassist Mike Retondo. The band then participated in the 2005 Take Action tour alongside groups like Sugarcult and Head Automatica before joining up with Motion City Soundtrack for tour dates in 2006. The enhanced EP Hey There Delilah was released that May, containing versions of the titular ballad (originally issued on All That We Needed), along with four new songs and music videos. The band's work ethic and promising songcraft earned Plain White T's a new contract with Hollywood Records, and Every Second Counts, their hook-laden debut for the label, appeared in September 2006. The band returned to the road soon after, but fortunes improved as "Hey There Delilah" gathered steam on radio stations across the U.S. By the following summer, the song had topped the charts in ten different countries and helped jump-start sales of Every Second Counts (which, incidentally, only featured "Hey There Delilah" in enhanced versions of the record). Plain White T's received two Grammy nominations for the song, and the band returned in 2008 with Big Bad World -- a return-to-form effort featuring the band's usual mix of spunky energy and pop/rock craft. In 2010, Plain White T's released the song "The Rhythm of Love," featuring lead vocals from guitarist Tim Lopez. Built upon a laid-back acoustic sound, it was the first single from the band's sixth studio album, The Wonders of the Younger, which was released that December; the album peaked at 149, a downturn from its predecessor's 33. The band then took some time off, starting to return to action with the 2013 EP Should've Gone to Bed before delivering the full-length American Nights in April 2015. ~ Jason MacNeil & Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Plain White T's

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    American Nights

    11 songs

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    Big Bad World

    13 songs

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    All That We Needed

    15 songs

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    Stop [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Every Second Counts [New Version]

    9 songs

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    Hey There Delilah

    4 songs

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    Should've Gone to Bed

    14 songs

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    Wonders of the Younger

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    Nuttin' for Christmas

    1 song

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    Boomerang

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    Hey There Delilah [Slacker Sessions]

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    Hate (I Really Don't Like You) [Digital Single]

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    Stop

    1 song

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    Rhythm of Love [Slacker Sessions]

    1 song

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    Hey There Delilah

    1 song

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    Stop

    12 songs

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    Every Second Counts

    16 songs

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    Every Second Counts [Japan Bonus Tracks]

    9 songs

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    Big Bad World

    2 songs

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    Natural Disaster [Bonus Track]

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    Hey There Delilah

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    Live at Shepherds Bush Empire January 30th, 2008


Top Songs by
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  2.   Hey There Delilah
  3.   1, 2, 3, 4
  4.   Rhythm of Love
  5.   Season of a Lifetime
  6.   Nuttin' for Christmas
  7.   Hate (I Really Don't Like You)
  8.   Boomerang
  9.   Our Time Now
  10.   Song 2
  11.   Should've Gone To Bed
  12.   The Giving Tree
  13.   You and Me
  14.   Haven't Told Her
  15.   Our Song
  16.   That Girl
  17.   Shine
  18.   Someday You're Gonna Love Me
  19.   Dance Off-Time
  20.   Airplane
  21.   I Really Want You
  22.   Big Bad World
  23.   What More Do You Want?
  24.   Penny (Perfect for You)
  25.   A Lonely September
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