[1] UB40 have sold over 70 million records worldwide. They were soon joined by several of their friends, firstly percussionists Yomi Babayemi and Norman Hassan, and then saxophonist Brian Travers and keyboardist Jimmy Lynn. Knightley rules out sex scenes directed by men, Wealthiest 10 men could 'pay for vaccines for all', Actress Argento accuses director Cohen of assault, Israel extradites ex-principal in sex abuse case. Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background." [3], Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". A statement from the band said the 62-year-old, from Birmingham, is “up and about” and doing well. Has US vaccine rollout been a 'dismal failure'? However, he turned it down at the time, and said that he "wouldn't get the chance in another 30 years". The new album Silhouette, featuring the trio, was set for release on 6 October 2014. The reports are half correct he will be appearing with them for this new recording. The group announced the news, but reassured fans that he is “up and about”. The title of their first album, Signing Off, indicates the band was signing off from, or ending, their claim for unemployment benefits. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is in hospital after suffering a stroke. The newspaper sold nearly three million copies. In a statement, the Birmingham-based band said he was "already up and about" and asked fans for privacy during his recuperation. Earl was sentenced to six months imprisonment in June 1988 and banned from driving for three years. It entered the UK Albums Chart on 2 October 1980, and spent 71 weeks in total on the chart. [15] Mickey Virtue departed shortly afterwards citing the same issues that Campbell had as reasons for his departure. Duncan Campbell … Video. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. [41], Terence Wilson (born 24 June 1957 in Birmingham), better known by his stage name Astro, is a British musician, rapper, and toaster, who was part of UB40 from 1979 until he left the group in November 2013. When asked why he did not join UB40 in 1978, he joked because they were "crap"[45] and that he "was too smart for them and he knew that they would get nowhere". [11], Their most successful worldwide single release is their reggae/pop version of "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You", which was the main title to the 1993 Sharon Stone movie Sliver; it was a number one hit across Europe and in the US. [20], The band released their next album, TwentyFourSeven, UB40's last with their classic lineup, by way of a free insert in The Mail on Sunday's 4 May 2008 issue. [52] The band released their new song, "Reggae Music" as a free download in January 2014. It reached No. With 214 weeks spent on the UK singles charts over the course of the 1980s, UB40 and Madness hold the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. Once Robin had joined the others in their jamming sessions, the eight musicians formed a band, deciding on the name 'UB40' after a friend suggested it was an appropriate name given the unemployed status of all of the band members. Ali Campbell currently performs under the name UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro. The band said they hoped he would make "a strong and speedy recovery" and that they would be back touring next year. He was an unemployed plasterer at the time of UB40's formation.[50]. [34], In December 2014 Ali Campbell claimed that he would be prepared to go to the High Court in London over the matter rather than settle out of court. He also worked as a casino manager in Barbados, ran a fish and chip shop in Perth, Australia, and has worked as an actor.[44]. Campbell, a former professional spoon player, became lead singer of UB40 when his brother Ali left the group in 2008. Duncan originally joined the band following the departure of his brother Ali Campbell. Ali Campbell has since toured as part of the breakaway group UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. He was a professional spoon player. Nine found dead after China gold mine collapse, Chinese and Indian troops 'in new border clash', Putin: Palace in viral Navalny video not mine. [46] In 2014, Ali formed a rival version of UB40 with Astro and Mickey Virtue. Priest had joined UB40 on their arena tour in 2007, culminating in sell-out shows at the NEC Birmingham in December. Their love of ska, reggae and early lovers rock inspired such original tracks as "King", "Madam Medusa", "Food for Thought", "Signing Off" and "One in Ten". Last year saxophonist Brian Travers was diagnosed with a brain tumour, forcing him to pull out of the band's 40th anniversary tour. Another member, Astro, remained with the band until November 2013, when he departed the original band to team up with Campbell and Virtue in a new version of UB40. [9] UB40 caught their first break when Chrissie Hynde saw them at a pub and gave them an opportunity as a support act to her band, The Pretenders. It was recorded in a bedsit in Birmingham and was produced by Bob Lamb. Picture: Getty They are best known for hits including 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town', and their cover of Elvis Presley's '(I Can't Help) Falling In Love'. Released 30/11/20 [13], On 24 January 2008 it was announced that Ali Campbell would be leaving the group after 30 years. A month later UB40's classic lineup was rounded out with the inclusion of percussionist and vocalist Astro. Robin Campbell, although initially reluctant to commit to forming a band with the others, was invited to join once again by his brother and bought a guitar with which to do so in December of that year. Duncan Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell (died 1453/4), Scottish nobleman and politician; Sir Duncan Campbell, 2nd Baronet, MP for Argyllshire 1628–43; Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochnell (c. 1682–1765), MP for Argyllshire, 1747–54 UB40 toured South Africa in July 2007 and headlined the Live Earth concert at the Cradle of Humankind, near Johannesburg. [7][8] Before some of them could play their instruments, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters. He joined the band in 2008 after the departure of his brother Ali Campbell,[44] the former UB40 lead singer. Duncan Campbell UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. The group also made a guest appearance in the 1997 feature film Speed 2: Cruise Control. Three years later UB40 performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986. He worked as a carpet fitter before joining the band UB40 in 1978. UB40's Duncan Campbell performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2018. It was originally stated that this was in order for Campbell to concentrate on solo projects, but Campbell later said he was leaving due to management and business disputes. [4], The band's line-up was stable for nearly 29 years, from March 1979 until January 2008, when frontman Ali Campbell left the band, followed shortly thereafter by keyboardist Mickey Virtue. In a statement, the Birmingham-based … His brother, Earl Falconer, the band's bassist, was driving with nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. 8 on the Billboard 200 in the US. [35], UB40 were influenced by the many blues parties they attended as teenagers in the multicultural Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. In 1995 they covered the Stevie Wonder song "Superstition" for the Eddie Murphy movie Vampire in Brooklyn and it appears on their album The Best of UB40 – Volume Two which they released that year. Campbell became the singer of … UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. [7][8], This lineup of the band lasted long enough to play their first show at the Hare & Hounds pub in Kings Heath in February 1979 and one other, before the band underwent its first lineup change in the form of Babyemi and Lynn leaving the band and Mickey Virtue joining in place of Lynn. After Duncan suffered a stroke in early August, the news was announced by his fellow UB40 members, though the group were quick to assure fans that 62-year-old Campbell was already “up and about”. [44], Campbell sang in a harmony group with his brothers as children and performed with their father on stage. A statement from the band said the 62-year-old, from … [38] Their father regularly took them to folk festivals and gigs and introduced them to music and to touring. UB40’s Duncan Campbell has suffered a stroke (Picture: Getty) UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has suffered a stroke. [29] On 22 November 2013 Astro announced in a statement that he had left the band, describing it as a "rudderless ship" and criticising the "serious lack of communication between the band and management" and the country-orientated direction of their latest album. The album was in the charts for only two weeks reaching number 24. Signing Off is now a Platinum album. UB40 formed in Birmingham back in the late 1970s, with Duncan's brother Ali Campbell as the lead singer. [32] Ali Campbell was highly critical of his replacement in UB40, stating "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. In 2014, legal advice was sought by the original band (now consisting of remaining co-founding members drummer Jimmy Brown, guitarist Robin Campbell, bassist Earl Falconer, percussionist Norman Hassan, and saxophonist Brian Travers, along with new vocalist Duncan Campbell) who took action against the group containing Campbell, Virtue, and Astro over usage of the band name, due to it being used by both parties. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke. © 2021 BBC. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. Their two most successful albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. [21] The band toured the US, which included their first show at the Hollywood Bowl. Prior to this, Travers had work as an electrical apprentice for NG Bailey; whilst Robin Campbell had been an apprentice toolmaker. [citation needed] It failed to reach the Top 75 in the UK, which was a first, as all their official albums had previously made the Top 50 on the UK Albums Chart. Duncan Campbell became the lead singer for UB40 after his brother Ali Campbell left the band in 2008. In 1987 Ray "Pablo" Falconer, producer of UB40 music, died in a car crash. [16], It was reported by some Birmingham newspapers on 13 March 2008, that Maxi Priest would be the new lead singer of UB40 and had recorded a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" with the band, based on information from an unnamed "source close to the band." 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