UB40

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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in December 1978 in south 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. The ethnic makeup of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage.

Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two US 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 band's lineup 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. 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. 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) against the group containing Campbell, Virtue, and Astro over usage of the band name, due to it being used by both parties.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Signing Off 5 8
1981 Present Arms 5
1982 UB44 2
1983 Labour of Love 5
1984 Geffery Morgan 2
1985 Baggariddim 2
1986 Rat in the Kitchen 4
1988 UB40 2
1989 Labour of Love II 6
1993 Promises and Lies 3
1997 Guns in the Ghetto 2
1998 The Dancehall Album 1
1998 Labour of Love III 2
2001 Cover Up 1
2003 Homegrown 3
2005 Who You Fighting For? 2
2008 Twentyfourseven 2
2010 Labour of Love IV 1
2013 Getting Over The Storm 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 The Singles Album 1
1985 More UB40 Music 1
1985 The UB40 File 2
1987 The Best of UB40, Volume 1 3
1988 1980-1983 1
1991 Labour of Love, Parts I + II 3
1995 The Best of UB40, Volume Two 4 3
2000 The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 3 4
2002 Fathers of Reggae 2
2002 The Very Best of 1980-2002 1
2005 The Best Of - Volumes 1 & 2 1
2005 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 1
2007 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 1
2007 The Best Of, Volumes 1&2: The Dutch Collection 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2009 Love Songs 1
2012 Essential 1
2013 UB40 Collected 2
2014 Gold 1
2015 5 Classic Albums 1
Best of Labour of Love 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Live 2
1987 CCCP: Live in Moscow 1
2005 2005-12-17: Who You Fighting For? Centre Brighton, UK 1
2007 Live at Montreux 2002 1
2008 The Lost Tapes (live at the Venue, London 1980) 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Present Arms in Dub 3

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream a Lie 2
1980 King / Food for Thought 1
1981 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By 1
1981 One in Ten 1

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