UB40 Biography

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. 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. 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 its formation in 1978 until frontman Ali Campbell's departure in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.

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UB40 News

Woman jailed for biting another woman's ear during argument about UB40 record

The two women had a fight on a pub dancefloor in in Bradford

  • Apr 17, 2014

UB40 fans complain of gig so loud it made "ears bleed"

Band apologise to fans who attended the Cambridge Corn Exchange gig

  • Apr 16, 2014

Original UB40 members announce reunion

Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue to reform under UB40 name despite former bandmates already touring under same name

  • Jan 19, 2014

Ex-UB40 singer Ali Campbell declared bankrupt

Former frontman's financial woes emerge just days after four other members go bust

  • Oct 24, 2011

UB40 declared bankrupt

Four members of reggae veterans go bust after band's management company goes under

  • Oct 17, 2011

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Food For Thought

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Impossible Love

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