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. UB40's first single, "King"/"Food for Thought" was released on Graduate Records, a local independent label run by David Virr. Earl's wife Kim has been admitted into hospital following a brain haemorrhage. Add interesting content and earn coins Tragic news.. a message from Robin Campbell.... Hi All It is a really sad day today. UB40 ist eine populäre multinationale Reggae- und Popband aus Großbritannien. Their sound was created and honed through many long jam sessions at various locations in Birmingham.[3]. Wood of Om Namah Shivaya Jason Campbell Robin Campbell. [20], The band released their next album, TwentyFourSeven, UB40's last with their classic lineup, by way of a free insert in The Mail on Sunday's 4 May 2008 issue. Son of folk singer Ian Campbell (2). [1] UB40 have sold over 70 million records worldwide. It’s a common maxim these days, depending on your political persuasion. It’s amazing, the new stuff doesn’t get much airplay, but we have huge amounts of fans who want to see us play. The reports are half correct he will be appearing with them for this new recording. Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background." Robin Campbell of UB40 Special. Picture: Getty The band featuring original singer Robin Campbell are about to head out on tour fittingly playing forty gigs. "I was the only professional spoon player in the country registered with the Musicians' Union – until they registered me as a vocalist," said Campbell. He said of his brother's singing, "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. Robin Campbell, who was at first reluctant to join, was invited by his brother. They used it in a Sharon Stone movie, I can’t remember the name of.”, It all started in Birmingham, a Midlands city which gifted W.H. Following England's victory in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup it reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart. Many people turn to their homes come December and that’s exactly where UB40 are headed. It reached No. Browse more videos. Duncan Campbell (Ali and Robin Campbell’s brother) joined the band when Ali left in 2008. Signing Off was released on 29 August 1980. [41], Terence Wilson (born 24 June 1957 in Birmingham), better known by his stage name Astro, is a British musician, rapper, and toaster, who was part of UB40 from 1979 until he left the group in November 2013. All my Jamaican friends got the connection with the country. Once Robin had joined the others in their jamming sessions, the eight musicians formed a band, deciding on the name 'UB40' after a friend suggested it was an appropriate name given the unemployed status of all of the band members. “As you say Birmingham, all different kinds of music. Top Tracks. Photo of Robin Campbell for fans of UB40 1264251. [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. UB40 has been touring the rest of the world during the interim, and Campbell lays blame for the group's North American absence on former singer, and his younger brother, Ali Campbell. [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. 8 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Trivia (1) Robin Campbell's 30 years with UB40 In their 30 years together, the last two must go down as one of the busiest and most traumatic periods in UB40’s history. After starting off as percussionist in 1978, he learned the trombone in 1981, when the band decided to add a brass section. He joined the band in 2008 after the departure of his brother Ali Campbell,[44] the former UB40 lead singer. It was Honeymoon In Vegas, the soundtrack was all Elvis songs. I’ve never had any problems with her. [42][43], Duncan Campbell (born 3 April 1958 in Birmingham) is an English musician and current lead singer of the reggae band, UB40. [16], It was reported by some Birmingham newspapers on 13 March 2008, that Maxi Priest would be the new lead singer of UB40 and had recorded a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" with the band, based on information from an unnamed "source close to the band." 3:47. Interview UB40 - Ali Campbell (part 2) FaceCulture. Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 at Koh Samui Festival, Thailand, September 2005. When we did ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, it was for a Nicolas Cage film. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Duncan was offered the position of lead singer in 1978. Prior to this, Travers had work as an electrical apprentice for NG Bailey; whilst Robin Campbell had been an apprentice toolmaker. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. [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. "[33] Ali Campbell toured as UB40 with Astro and Virtue over the summer. [40], All three of their UK number one hits and four of their five US top ten hits were cover versions. O grupo surgiu em 1978 numa fila da Segurança Social Britânica e extraiu o seu nome de um impresso do fundo de desemprego. They didn’t use ours, Bono sang it in the end. Få förstklassiga, högupplösta nyhetsfoton på Getty Images Always amazing to play there. UB40 Star Brian Travers To Miss 40 th Anniversary Tour After Being Diagnosed With Brain Tumour . Robin Campbell of UB40 performs on stage at Wembley Stadium, on July 4th, 1984 in London, England. As autumn turns to winter, thoughts turn to Christmas, as merchandising and markets open their gates to Santa filled decorations and designs. [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. [27] In 2013 a new album, Getting Over the Storm was announced, their first since 2010 and Labour of Love IV. It was recorded in a bedsit in Birmingham and was produced by Bob Lamb. They were the first fans and they still come. “There are millions of friends and relatives who come to see us. Guitarist & vocalist in UB40. Priest had joined UB40 on their arena tour in 2007, culminating in sell-out shows at the NEC Birmingham in December. Vi skulle vilja visa dig en beskrivning här men webbplatsen du tittar på tillåter inte detta. To coincide, on 1 November 2010 a remastered 2CD+DVD of Signing Off was released as a '30th Anniversary Special Edition'. THE FAMILY feud that split reggae band UB40 in two shows no signs of abating with Robin Campbell lashing out at his former bandmate and estranged brother Ali by accusing him of theft. Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro in 2015. [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. This led to a backlash when the full 17-track version was released 21 June 2008, and most of the big retailers refused to stock it. We did that song with Robert Palmer in the nineties [On The Other Hand] which we never released, so we resurrected it for Getting Over The Storm.”, Longtime vocalist Ali Campbell left the band in 2008. Far Out Meets: UB40 guitarist Robin Campbell to discuss new music, Jeremy Corbyn and more Songwriting guitarist Robin Campbell is one of UB40’s long-standing members, having steered the group through its varied and various permutations, with singing brothers Ali and Duncan Campbell in tow. A melting pot of cultures, a mixture of all different cultures. Once Robin had joined, the eight musicians formed a band. [34], In December 2014 Ali Campbell claimed that he would be prepared to go to the High Court in London over the matter rather than settle out of court. [12] UB40 are featured in the 1988 film The Yob. When reggae music was invented, it made total sense to me. A new album, For The Many, has just been released too. Their first gig took place on 9 February 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham for a friend's birthday party. The new album Silhouette, featuring the trio, was set for release on 6 October 2014. Once Robin had joined, the eight musicians formed a band. Their love of ska, reggae and early lovers rock inspired such original tracks as "King", "Madam Medusa", "Food for Thought", "Signing Off" and "One in Ten". His … We had already done the music, but he brought songs that suited them.”. Listen | Print. Their two most successful albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. DUNCAN Campbell is best known for being the new lead singer of hit band UB40. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. He worked as a carpet fitter before joining the band UB40 in 1978. リリースのクレジット、レビュー、トラックを確認し、購入。 Barcode (Scanned): 5012981991418 Barcode (Texts): 5 012981 991418 Label Code (On label): LC 3098 Label Code (On sleeve): LC 3890 “Forty-one years, we started in 1978, that was when we formed the band. Discogs: 1989 Vinyl, Labour Of Love II. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Robin Campbell at the Discogs Marketplace. On another street, you’d be in a heavy metal band. [46] In 2014, Ali formed a rival version of UB40 with Astro and Mickey Virtue. We are honored to bring back UB40 founding member Robin Campbell to talk about the band's latest album For The Many from 2019. It was at his father's folk club "Jug O' Punch" that Ali Campbell made his singing debut with Dave Swarbrick's daughter, Suss, singing "Why Does It have To Be Me?". [9] UB40 caught their first break when Chrissie Hynde saw them at a pub and gave them an opportunity as a support act to her band, The Pretenders. When the group launched he didn’t think UB40 would be successful! UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. However, he turned it down at the time, and said that he "wouldn't get the chance in another 30 years". [13], On 24 January 2008 it was announced that Ali Campbell would be leaving the group after 30 years. “We’re doing the Christmas show in Birmingham, always great to go back there. [6], The band members began as friends who knew each other from various schools across Birmingham, England. We’ve recorded a collaboration album with reggae artists, we have about sixteen tracks. Their backdrop fused reggae beats with lyrical presentation, showcasing a contentment for the genre seventies peers The Police and The Specials shared. [38] Their father regularly took them to folk festivals and gigs and introduced them to music and to touring. We weren’t raving Elvis fans, but we released it anyway and it made number one in something like thirty countries. [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. 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. [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). By Adrian Peel Sep 20, 2014 in Music. [44], Campbell sang in a harmony group with his brothers as children and performed with their father on stage. UB40 has been touring the rest of the world during the interim, and Campbell lays blame for the group's North American absence on former singer, and his younger brother, Ali Campbell. [4], Referencing the group's longevity, Ali Campbell has said that the group was fortunate in choosing a relatively young genre, as reggae "... hasn't outlived its own cool like jazz has". Robin Campbell was born on December 25, 1954 in Birmingham, England. Fifty UK hit singles, four Best Reggae Album Grammy nominations and two Billboard number ones have provided the band an impressive trajectory, an orbit punk star Chrissie Hynde could work with. Join Facebook to connect with Robin Campbell and others you may know. Få förstklassiga, högupplösta nyhetsfoton på Getty Images Join Facebook to connect with Robin Campbell and others you may know. Robin Campbell. UB40 was the first indication that the band was abandoning the political inclinations of their earlier work and concentrating solely on pop-reggae. It’s as simple as that". [25] In October 2011 Travers, Wilson, Hassan and Brown were declared bankrupt. We grew up in the same streets, the same areas we came in and that’s what we played.”, UB40 released their newest album For The Many in March. A month later UB40's classic lineup was rounded out with the inclusion of percussionist and vocalist Astro. The title of their first album, Signing Off, indicates the band was signing off from, or ending, their claim for unemployment benefits. Pause Fun. On 30 April 2008, UB40 unveiled Duncan as their new lead singer. [35], UB40 were influenced by the many blues parties they attended as teenagers in the multicultural Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. We're saving the legacy". In ihren Texten schneiden UB40 häufig soziale Themen wie Rassismus oder Arbeitslosigkeit an. There are backstage politics that we choose not to go into, though the interview momentarily stumbles when we say For The Many is the first UB40 album that Duncan Campbell has sung on. Robin Campbell was born on December 25, 1954 in Birmingham, England. [36] Their early musical style was unique, with a heavy influence of analogue synthesisers, psychedelic rock guitar, saxophone and dub producer techniques. Fans say its a throwback album, the last one was more country. THE FAMILY feud that split reggae band UB40 in two shows no signs of abating with Robin Campbell lashing out at his former bandmate and estranged brother Ali by accusing him of theft. “She claims it was her idea, Ali claims it was his, I don’t who it was,” Robin chuckles. The band's line-up 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. He also recorded a reggae album in Jamaica for his brother Ali's record label, but it was never released. Robin [Campbell, guitarist] was quoted as saying: ‘And then the rest of the band jumped in to save the beer’, which wasn’t true. UB40 brothers Robin and Duncan Campbell have opened their hearts about the bitter family rift with their sibling and former lead singer Ali. “It certainly is not,” Robin replies. [23], UB40 announced that after completing a coast-to-coast 2010 American tour they would be playing a nationwide UK tour of theatres in October/November 2010 performing their seminal album Signing Off, in full, along with a second set of popular UB40 songs. I work with mega British band UB40 with members Astro,Norman “People always say she’s difficult, but really she’s a pussycat. 4:10. UB40 toured South Africa in July 2007 and headlined the Live Earth concert at the Cradle of Humankind, near Johannesburg. It was originally stated that this was in order for Campbell to concentrate on solo projects, but Campbell later said he was leaving due to management and business disputes. What it is, it’s the first album he’s fully sung on and contributed to. It’s ready for immediate release, but we don’t have a fixed date yet. View the profiles of people named Robin Campbell. Report. It was the moment that summed up the spirit of Birmingham - UB40 star Robin Campbell rocking up at New Street Railway Station wearing a pair of … Duncan and his brother Robin Campbell, who's also in the band, have taken legal action against Ali because he tours using the UB40 name, the same name they … The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. If Campbell describes the clash of projects as surmountable, the same cannot be said of his problems with those running the band’s business affairs. Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro in 2015. He also worked as a casino manager in Barbados, ran a fish and chip shop in Perth, Australia, and has worked as an actor.[44]. [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. 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. Unbelievable! 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. Photo of Robin CAMPBELL and Ali CAMPBELL and UB40, Ali & Robin Campbell at 'Night Of The Proms' Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images There were black, Asian, Jamaican and Indian people. [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. Explore releases from Robin Campbell at Discogs. We know that she is in a very critical condition, and not UB40 star Brian Travers has revealed he has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, forcing him to miss the group’s 40 th anniversary UK tour. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images This was commemorated in October 2011 by the unveiling of a plaque at the venue, indicating the band receiving the Performing Rights Society's Music Heritage Award. Die Band hatte eine Reihe von Hits, darunter Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe, Can’t Help Falling in Love und Kingston Town. UB40 - Robin Campbell with James Prochowski on Top Gear. 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. [51], In January 2014, Astro, with other former UB40 members Ali Campbell and Mickey Virtue, announced plans to reform and record under the UB40 name. Martin and Laurence have been in the band for over 20 years, and Tony Mullings joined in 2008. He is also known for his on-stage dancing. The group also made a guest appearance in the 1997 feature film Speed 2: Cruise Control. 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. It was a reinvention that comes at a time of reinvention. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band's version of "I Got You Babe". Where we were, it was a multi-racial area. [3], Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Pato Banton Featuring Ali* And Robin Campbell Of UB40* Pato Banton Featuring Ali* And Robin Campbell Of UB40* - Baby Come Back (CD, Single) Virgin, Virgin … “It’s forty-one actually.” he chuckles. UB40's Ali Campbell has claimed his former bandmates - including his two brothers 'betrayed' him and that the famous reggae group will never … He was an unemployed plasterer at the time of UB40's formation.[50]. 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. UB40 star Brian Travers has revealed he has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, forcing him to miss the group’s 40 th anniversary UK tour.. 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