Grammy-nominated UB40 is one of the most commercially successful reggae acts of all times. This UK-based group has sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Its easily recognizable horn arrangements and bright sounds include 1983's "Red Red Wine," 1990's "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" and its 1993 version of "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You." Throughout its four decades of making music, Britain's reggae ambassadors continue to bring audiences to their feet.
With its creative name to its unique reggae/pop sound, UB40 has brought reggae music into the mainstream and has created a solid fan base. Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, UK, UB40 named itself after the government's Department of Employment form for people claiming unemployment – Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. At the time, the selection was a tongue-in-cheek reference since most of the original members were unemployed. Its first big break was when Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders saw the band performing at a club and offered it an opportunity to join her band's tour in 1980. This chance meeting led to a long relationship with Hynde, including several songs together such as a cover of "I Got You Babe." UB40's most successful single is the 1993 reggae/pop version of "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You."
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UB40's sound is a unique blend of reggae and pop and is recognized by analogue synthesizers, psychedelic rock guitar and a strong horn section. It has many original songs, but most of its biggest commercial hits have been cover songs. All three of the group's No. 1 hits in the UK and four of its five US Top 10 hits were cover versions of previously recorded songs.
Who are some of UB40's inspirations?
The inspirations for UB40's sound can be traced back to parties in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham, England. The original members enjoyed listening to ska and reggae. For Ali and Robin Campbell, their father was their first influence. Ian Campbell, a folk musician, took his sons to folk festivals as well as his gigs. The band grew its sound and has long been respected by Jamaican artists, musicians and music lovers.
What is a typical setlist for a UB40 concert?
With 18 studio albums, UB40 has a large catalog to choose from during its concerts. While it varies its setlist often, the most commonly played songs include "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Kingston Town," "Maybe Tomorrow," "Red Red Wine," "Higher Ground," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Love Is All Is Alright," "Food for Thought" and "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You."
What awards has UB40 won?
UB40 has received four Grammy nominations and also a nomination for the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2011, it was awarded the Heritage Award, which is a ceremonial plaque from the UK's PRS for Music. This plaque is kept at Hare & Hounds Pub in Birmingham where the band played its first gig.
Who are the current band members?
Although the UB40 lineup has changed over the years, original band members are still leading the group. Members include Robin Campbell on guitar and vocals, Earl Falconer on bass guitar, James Brown on drums, Norman Hassan on percussion, trombone and vocals, and Brian Travers on saxophone. The lead vocalist is another Campbell brother, Duncan.Back to Top
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