Midge Ure Biography (Wikipedia)
James "Midge" Ure OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name.
Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and '80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. He acts as a trustee for the charity and also serves as an ambassador for Save the Children.
Ure is the producer and writer of several other synthpop/new wave hit singles of the 1980s, including "Fade to Grey" (1980) by Visage and the Ultravox signature songs "Vienna" (1980) and "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (1984). Ure achieved his first UK top 10 solo hit in 1982 with "No Regrets". In 1985, his solo debut album The Gift reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and yielded the UK number one single, "If I Was". Ure also co-wrote Phil Lynott's "Yellow Pearl", which served as the theme of Top of the Pops for much of the 1980s.
- Was Michael Ball the reason Ultravox's ‘Vienna’ didn’t reach No. 1?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03t17xz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03t17xz.jpg2018-01-21T14:22:00.000ZMichael Ball and Midge Ure chat about the huge Ultravox hit 'Vienna'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05vm603
Was Michael Ball the reason Ultravox's ‘Vienna’ didn’t reach No. 1?
- Midge Ure Live Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05vmbx5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05vmbx5.jpg2018-01-21T14:04:00.000ZMidge Ure performs two songs in the Musician's Circle.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05vm5z9
Midge Ure Live Session
- Midge Ure's last minute gig with Thin Lizzyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xxdhl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xxdhl.jpg2016-06-10T12:20:00.000ZThey flew him over on Concorde - why would Midge have preferred a normal plane?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03xxfb3
Midge Ure's last minute gig with Thin Lizzy
- Midge Ure: What music means to mehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wx1ft.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wx1ft.jpg2016-06-01T08:55:00.000Z'I can imagine a world without shoes. I can't imagine a world without music.'https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03wx1k5
Midge Ure: What music means to me
- "I've learned in this business you never say no"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wg5fs.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wg5fs.jpg2016-05-27T13:22:17.000ZSinger-songwriter Midge Ure on stepping in to help Thin Lizzy complete a US tour in 1979. Midge is Rhod Gilbert's co-host this Saturday from 11am with comedian Barry Castagnola.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03wg3v8
"I've learned in this business you never say no"
- Midge's trip down memory lanehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03w6r2r.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03w6r2r.jpg2016-05-25T10:09:00.000ZMidge Ure recalls getting a call from Phil Lynott asking him to join Thin Lizzy on their American tour and having to learn all the songs on a plane to New York.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03w6r3h
Midge's trip down memory lane
- Midge Ure Live in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j2sxd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j2sxd.jpg2015-02-01T13:53:00.000ZMidge Ure performs a couple of songs live on Weekend Woganhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02j2sxq
Midge Ure Live in Session
- Midge Ure : Band Aid at 30https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02fppyz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02fppyz.jpg2014-12-21T10:59:00.000ZMidge Ure talks to Liz Kershaw & looks back on 30 years of Band Aidhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02fpq0p
Midge Ure : Band Aid at 30
- Midge Ure - Spoken Word Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027gwmt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027gwmt.jpg2014-09-27T12:35:00.000ZMidge Ure does the Spoken Word Session and chats about his new album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p027gwn4
Midge Ure - Spoken Word Session
- Midge Ure chats to Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gg1fn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gg1fn.jpg2013-09-10T17:00:00.000ZUltravox's Midge Ure talks to Radcliffe and Maconie and reflects on the impact of Live Aid.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01gg1gj
Midge Ure chats to Radcliffe and Maconie
Midge Ure Tracks
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