The Beautiful South were an English pop group formed in 1988 by singer-songwriters Paul Heaton (born May 9, 1962 in Bromborough, Cheshire) and Dave Hemingway (born September 20, 1960 in Hull, Yorkshire) who were two former members of the group The Housemartins. The Beautiful South’s original line-up was completed by bassist Sean Welch (born April 12, 1965 in Enfield, London), drummer Dave Stead (born October 15, 1966 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and guitarist and songwriter Dave Rotheray (born February 9, 1963 in Hull). The Beautiful South were also accentuated with additional vocalists; Briana Corrigan (born May 30, 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) for the first three albums, followed by Jacqui Abbott (born November 10, 1973 in St Helens, Lancashire) for the fourth to seventh albums, and finally Alison Wheeler (born March 4, 1972) for the final three albums. The band released a string of hit songs, including the 1990 Number 1 A Little Time, and reached the UK's Official Albums Chart top spot with two studio albums and the million-selling 1994 compilation Carry On Up The Charts. The Beautiful South broke up in January 2007, claiming the split was due to "musical similarities", with Heaton embarking on a successful solo career and occasional collaborations with Jacqui Abbott. An assortment of former members are now touring as The South.