Falconer also co-founded the UK bass label Circus Records alongside Flux Pavilion, Doctor P and DJ Swan-E. Falconer attended St. Benedict's junior school and Mosely Road School of Art. He is also a fan of the local football club Birmingham City. The album was in the charts for only two weeks reaching number 24. 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. 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) who took action against the group containing Campbell, Virtue, and Astro over usage of the band name, due to it being used by both parties. Rioters attacked police and set fires to protest against a night-time curfew introduced on Saturday. The 62-year-old, who replaced his brother Ali as frontman for the band in 2008, is said to be in recovery and is "up and about". Prior to this, Travers had work as an electrical apprentice for NG Bailey; whilst Robin Campbell had been an apprentice toolmaker. Signing Off was released on 29 August 1980. Duncan Campbell took over as UB40’s lead singer in 2008, and the pair remain estranged. What happens to your body in extreme heat? Duncan Campbell and his brother Robin (Image: Graham Young / BirminghamLive) UB40 have scored more than 40 top 40 songs in the UK and are recognised as one of the country's most successful bands. "[33] Ali Campbell toured as UB40 with Astro and Virtue over the summer. UB40 collaborators include: Pato Banton, Madness, Bitty McLean, Chrissie Hynde, Maxi Priest, Robert Palmer, Hunterz, Japanese artist Mikidozan, French artist Nuttea, Lady Saw, Afrika Bambaataa, 808 State. Ali Campbell has gone on to tour as part of separate group UB40 … 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. Picture: Getty They are best known for hits including 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town', and their cover of Elvis Presley's '(I Can't Help) Falling In Love'. Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? [17][18] Another local newspaper reporting that Maxi Priest would be the new UB40 frontman, also included a statement from band spokesman Gerard Franklyn which contradicted this claim: "Maxi is collaborating with the band to record material but no decision has been made to replace Ali Campbell with one definitive singer. Ali Campbell was "disappointed but didn't object" to him joining UB40. Why your face could be set to replace your bank card, The extreme ways to 'hack' your immune system. [citation needed] It failed to reach the Top 75 in the UK, which was a first, as all their official albums had previously made the Top 50 on the UK Albums Chart. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is in hospital after suffering a stroke. The newspaper sold nearly three million copies. [11], Their most successful worldwide single release is their reggae/pop version of "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You", which was the main title to the 1993 Sharon Stone movie Sliver; it was a number one hit across Europe and in the US. [3] The name "UB40" was selected in reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits from the UK government's Department of Employment. A plaque was placed at the Hare & Hounds Pub in Birmingham, England, the location where they played their first gig. A month later UB40's classic lineup was rounded out with the inclusion of percussionist and vocalist Astro. Duncan Campbell, current lead singer of reggae band UB40, is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. They were soon joined by several of their friends, firstly percussionists Yomi Babayemi and Norman Hassan, and then saxophonist Brian Travers and keyboardist Jimmy Lynn. [2] During their three-decade long career, they have been performing sell-out shows worldwide and headlining the Reggae Sunsplash music festival in Jamaica, as well as spreading reggae to Russia, South America, etc. [54], For the World War I German submarine, see, UB40 on stage in their home city of Birmingham, England in 2010, 2008–present: Line-up changes and the current era, (born Alistair Campbell, 15 February 1959, Birmingham), (born Michael Virtue, 19 January 1957, Birmingham), (born Terence Wilson, 24 June 1957, Birmingham). On 30 April 2008, UB40 unveiled Duncan as their new lead singer. [2] The ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Welsh, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage. [7][8] Before some of them could play their instruments, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. The band formed in 1978, when guitarist Ali Campbell, drummer Jimmy Brown and bassist Earl Falconer began rehearsing reggae songs as well as some of their own tracks. UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The 62-year-old is "up and about" and hoping for a "strong and speedy recovery", a … (AP) UB40’s Duncan Campbell has suffered a stroke at the age of 62. If you have a story suggestion email [email protected], .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}UB40's Brian Travers diagnosed with brain tumour, Dutch PM condemns coronavirus riots as 'criminal'. [24], In 2011 five founding members of the group and directors of their DEP International label, had bankruptcy proceedings started against them relating to debts of the record label. The announcement of the tour follows the success of the band's latest Top 30 album, Getting Over The Storm, which was awarded BBC Radio 2's 'Album of the Week' accolade and received 5-star reviews from the UK's music press on its release in September 2013. [46] In 2014, Ali formed a rival version of UB40 with Astro and Mickey Virtue. Following England's victory in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup it reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart. The band put out a statement on Twitter informing fans of the situation and asking to … [47] In August 2020, Duncan Campbell suffered a stroke.[48]. Ali Campbell has since toured as part of the breakaway group UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. The reports are half correct he will be appearing with them for this new recording. In November 2013, UB40 revealed dates in anticipation of their UK Tour in early 2014. UB40’s Duncan Campbell has suffered a stroke (Picture: Getty) UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has suffered a stroke. We're saving the legacy". [14] The remaining seven members released a statement saying: "Ali made a very simple decision; he chose to pursue and put his solo career over and above continuing to work with UB40 after February 2008. Stroke: UB40's new singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke (pictured in July 2018) Ali has been highly critical of … [38] Their father regularly took them to folk festivals and gigs and introduced them to music and to touring. [5], —UB40 vocalist Ali Campbell interview with the BBC in 2018. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. Related articles UB40's Brian Travers refuses to give up 'fags and drugs' after tumours He said of his brother's singing, "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Awardfor Best British Group. In 2003, UB40 and the United Colours of Sound recorded "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as the official anthem for the England national rugby union team. [29] On 22 November 2013 Astro announced in a statement that he had left the band, describing it as a "rudderless ship" and criticising the "serious lack of communication between the band and management" and the country-orientated direction of their latest album. In a statement, the Birmingham-based band said he was "already up and about" and asked fans for privacy during his recuperation. Duncan Campbell became the lead singer for UB40 after his brother Ali Campbell left the band in 2008. Campbell, a former professional spoon player, became lead singer of UB40 when his brother Ali left the group in 2008. [28] UB40 UBTV..Christmas Special..Anant Shah asks Duncan... 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