Midge Ure

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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. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.

Ure is known for being the producer and writer of several 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), for which he was also on lead vocals. In 1985 Ure's solo debut album The Gift, which reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, included the UK number one single "If I Was". Ure has had four other UK top-30 solo hit singles: "No Regrets", "That Certain Smile", "Call of the Wild" and "Cold, Cold Heart".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Gift Midge Ure 6
1988 Answers to Nothing Midge Ure 7
1991 Pure Midge Ure 3
1996 Breathe Midge Ure 2
2000 Move Me Midge Ure 3
2001 Little Orphans Midge Ure 1
2008 10 Midge Ure 1
2014 Fragile Midge Ure 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox Midge Ure & Ultravox 2
1997 If I Was Midge Ure 1
2000 No Regrets Midge Ure 2
2004 Finest Ultravox & Midge Ure 3
2009 Pure + Breathe… Plus Midge Ure 1
2013 The Works Midge Ure 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 BBC Live in Concert Midge Ure 1
2001 A Glorious Noise - Breathe Live Midge Ure 1
2002 One Night in Scotland Nov 21st 1988 (Official Bootleg) Midge Ure 1
2004 Septemberfest (Official Bootleg) Midge Ure 1
2005 re*live Midge Ure 1
2013 Live in Chicago Midge Ure 1
2015 breathe again : live in scotland Midge Ure 1
2015 Breathe Again Live and Extended Midge Ure 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 No Regrets Midge Ure 2
1983 After a Fashion / Textures Midge Ure & Mick Karn 1
1985 If I Was Midge Ure 3
1985 That Certain Smile Midge Ure 2
1986 Wastelands Midge Ure 1
1986 Call of the Wild Midge Ure 3
1988 Answers to Nothing Midge Ure 2
1988 Dear God Midge Ure 1
1991 Cold, Cold Heart Midge Ure 3
1991 I See Hope In The Morning Light Midge Ure 1
1992 Let It Go? Midge Ure 1
1996 Breathe Midge Ure 2
1998 Fields of Fire Midge Ure 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Rewind Midge Ure 1
2004 If I Was: Sampled Looped And Trigger Happy On Tour Midge Ure 1
2005 Hammer Summer 2005 Midge Ure 1

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