UB40

Formed 1978.
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UB40 on dub

Drummer for UB40, James Brown explains how hearing dub changed his life.

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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has 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. One of the world's best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band's version of "I Got You Babe".

The ethnic makeup of the band's original lineup was diverse, with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage. The band's initial lineup lasted for 30 years from the band's formation in 1978 until frontman Ali Campbell's departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Signing Off

    Signing Off 2010

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    30th anniversary edition of the group’s great debut album.
  2. Review of Who You Fighting For

    Who You Fighting For 2005

    Reviewed by Alwyn Turner
    The groups gift for instant and accessible melodies is undiminished.