Plain White T's lead vocalist Tom Higgenson originally set out to be a drummer in high school and was a member of various bands. However, when Plain White T's first came together in the late 90's Higgenson took over songwriting and singing duties for the band. Bassist Ken Fletcher and drummer Dave Tirio came on board and the band began performing around the Chicago area.
The Plain White T's were just an average starting out rock band, playing covers in a garage.
They spent a few years doing this, but in the summer of 1999 Tom Higgenson was in a car crash, which left him with a lacerated kidney and punctured lung.
The band had only just started to get noticed by record labels at this point, but this made no difference as far as Atlantic was concerned, as the band got signed to this indie label in 2000.
They recorded an album and released it, the album was "Come On Over" and they supported tours around their hometown, Chicago, aiming only to gain their fan base.
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