UB40

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae 80s pop ska british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Named after the form issued to unemployed people in the UK to receive benefit, UB40 are the most long-lasting proponents of crossover reggae in the UK. The multi-racial band was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978 around the brothers Robin (25 December 1954, Birmingham, England; lead guitar/vocals) and Ali Campbell (b. Alistair Campbell, 15 February 1959, Birmingham, England; lead vocals/guitar), the sons of Birmingham folk club singers Lorna and Ian Campbell. Other founder members included Earl Falconer (b. 23 January 1957, Birmingham, England; bass/vocals), Michael Virtue (b. 19 January 1957, Birmingham, England; keyboards), Brian Travers (b. 7 February 1959, Birmingham, England; saxophone), James Brown (b. 20 November 1957, Birmingham, England; drums), and Norman Hassan (b. 26 January 1958, Birmingham, England; percussion/vocals). Reggae toaster Astro (b. Terence Wilson, 24 June 1957, Birmingham, England) joined UB40 to record ‘Food For Thought’...

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