UB40, was named after a British unemployment benefit form, this pop-reggae band were formed in the 1978s and their diversified and multiracial lineup spoke to the working class. The band has combined its street trustworthiness and combining political topics that appealed to the dissatisfied youth.
The band members Robin, which is the lead guitar guy and Ali Cambell, the guitar and lead vocalist, the bassist Earl Falconer, the Keyboardist and the saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jim Brown and toaster Terence “Astro” Wilson.
By the end of that year the band was then invited to tour with a known band called “The Pretenders”
Their first single “Food for Thought” has reached to ten in the UK Charts in the 1980s. This was their start in a continues streak of chart appearances.
In 1988, UB40 have performed at the Nelson Mandela tribute, their hit single “Red, Red wine”. They then featured on various radio stations and the listeners responds was great.
Their album “Labour of love” received honors on the Rolling Stone top 100 albums in the 1980s.
The emphasis on making that single was to reestablish reggae music as a fun and enjoyable musical genre, rather than a platform for political and religious messages to be heard as it was known in Bob Marley’s days.
Robin Cambell said that before Bob Marley, reggae was a form of Jamaican pop music and it was meant to give people a feel good feeling.
All Albums made and released by UB40, landed the group on the number one reggae charts and in the year 2004, their cover “Every Breath You Take” by the police was featured in the movie “50 First Dates” Featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
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