Earl Acton Falconer[49] (born 23 January 1959 in Meriden, Warwickshire) is a British bass player and singer in UB40. UB40’s Ali Campbell hasn’t spoken to his brother Duncan Campbell since he suffered a stroke earlier this month.. [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. Meanwhile, Ali is said to be in talks to star in a UB40 film, which would tell his story of growing up in Birmingham and starting the band. [7][8], This lineup of the band lasted long enough to play their first show at the Hare & Hounds pub in Kings Heath in February 1979 and one other, before the band underwent its first lineup change in the form of Babyemi and Lynn leaving the band and Mickey Virtue joining in place of Lynn. To coincide, on 1 November 2010 a remastered 2CD+DVD of Signing Off was released as a '30th Anniversary Special Edition'. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. [30] Astro joined former UB40 members Ali Campbell and Mickey Virtue on stage at the indigO2 Arena in London on 6 December 2013,[31] and on 17 January 2014 the trio announced on their website that they were in the studio recording new music. Robin Campbell, although initially reluctant to commit to forming a band with the others, was invited to join once again by his brother and bought a guitar with which to do so in December of that year. [12] UB40 are featured in the 1988 film The Yob. The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. His brother, Earl Falconer, the band's bassist, was driving with nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. [22], In 2009 the band released the first new album with their new lead singer Duncan Campbell; another in the Labour of Love cover series entitled Labour of Love IV. UB40 lead singer Duncan Campbell was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke. [36] Their early musical style was unique, with a heavy influence of analogue synthesisers, psychedelic rock guitar, saxophone and dub producer techniques. [10], After great success in the UK, UB40's popularity in the US was established when they released Labour of Love, an album of cover songs, in 1983. [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. The album was in the charts for only two weeks reaching number 24. Astro had previously been working for Duke Alloy's sound system attending reggae dances in Birmingham. [15] Mickey Virtue departed shortly afterwards citing the same issues that Campbell had as reasons for his departure. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. THE singer and TV personality showed off her head-turning curves in a tiny bikini. I don’t think she wants to do that. He sang his first lead vocal on Labour of Love. The reports are half correct he will be appearing with them for this new recording. BRIT Certified. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. [39], UB40 are one of the most commercially successful reggae acts of all time in terms of record sales (over 70 million), chart positions and touring schedule. He was a professional spoon player. [53] In February, with the current group known as UB40 and the newly formed group with Astro as a member both due to perform in Dubai on the same day, the new group announced a name change to UB40 Reunited. Lead singer Ali Campbell wrote in … Ali now performs with the splinter group UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. [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. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. 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. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell, 62, is hospitalised after suffering a stroke. The 62-year-old is the current lead singer of British reggae band UB40. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell suffered a stroke. Her brother is Terry Hynde. The group also made a guest appearance in the 1997 feature film Speed 2: Cruise Control. [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. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 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. [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. Their first gig took place on 9 February 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham for a friend's birthday party. ", Matt Hancock to hold a press conference at 5pm TONIGHT, Boris warns all UK arrivals face paying for self-isolation for 10 days, Boris Johnson confirms some UK lockdown rules could be lifted in THREE WEEKS, Frank Lampard SACKED by Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel favourite to take charge, MP SWITCHES OFF camera and storms off GMB in furious Covid row with Piers, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. [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. UB40's Ali Campbell has claimed his former bandmates 'betrayed' him and says there is no chance of the reggae group ever reforming. Duncan Campbell became the lead singer for UB40 after his brother Ali Campbell left the band in 2008. The album featured the song "Red Red Wine", a cover version of a Neil Diamond song (in an arrangement similar to that of Tony Tribe's version); it stayed on the charts for over 100 weeks. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. [38] Their father regularly took them to folk festivals and gigs and introduced them to music and to touring. [32] Ali Campbell was highly critical of his replacement in UB40, stating "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. Ali Campbell has gone on to tour as part of separate group UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. Big Love, UB40. Like the rest of UB40, he still lives in the City of Birmingham. [28] On August 4, 2020, it was revealed that Duncan was recovering in hospital after he had a stroke. [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. He said of his brother's singing, "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. Neil Leslie Diamond was born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, on January 24, 1941. [5], —UB40 vocalist Ali Campbell interview with the BBC in 2018. Both he and wife Rose were Jewish immigrants from Poland. When Duncan was once asked in a YouTube interview why he did not originally join UB40 in 1978, he joked because they were "c***" and that he "was too smart for them and he knew that they would get nowhere". The wristbands also included the Dub Sessions remix album and photos. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 68. Current bandmate Robin Campbell is also his brother, and he is the son of the late folk singer Ian Campbell. 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". He joined the band in 2008 after the departure of his brother Ali Campbell,[44] the former UB40 lead singer. On 24 January 2008, UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell announced that he was leaving the band after a dispute with the management; UB40 announced that they would carry on. UB40 singer Duncan Campbell, 62, is hospitalised after suffering a stroke The singer, 62, is already up and about a statement from the band said Campbell replaced his brother Ali as lead singer of the British reggae group in 2008, after Ali quit over a disagreement about management Ali has been highly critical of his replacement […] Duncan was offered the position of lead singer in 1978. [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. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is … [46] In 2014, Ali formed a rival version of UB40 with Astro and Mickey Virtue. He has wide-ranging musical tastes, from reggae to soul to opera. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord… UB40 and the English ska band Madness hold the record for most weeks spent by a group in the UK singles chart during the 1980s, with 214 weeks each. [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. Three years later UB40 performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 53. Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background." Among the string of hits he penned in addition to this song were "What a Wonderful World" recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967, The Stylistics 1975 UK chart-topper "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a reworking of a South African Zulu song recorded by The Tokens in 1961. The new album Silhouette, featuring the trio, was set for release on 6 October 2014. [13], On 24 January 2008 it was announced that Ali Campbell would be leaving the group after 30 years. Singer Dewey Bunnell of America is 69. Rock singer Martha Davis is 70. Singer Trey Lorenz is 52. 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. [4], 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. His father, Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. “We can confirm that our lead singer and brother Duncan Campbell was taken to hospital after suffering a stroke,” the statement began. [26] Former member Ali Campbell was also declared bankrupt. After starting off as percussionist in 1978, he learned the trombone in 1981, when the band decided to add a brass section. Duncan Campbell replaced his brother Ali as the lead singer of UB40 in 2008 (Rex Features) UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has been hospitalised after suffering a stroke. Ali Campbell was "disappointed but didn't object" to him joining UB40. The legendary British band confirmed their lead singer had "taken ill" in a statement posted to Instagram and Twitter on August 4 (UK time), but assured fans the 62-year-old was already on the mend. Campbell replaced his brother Ali as lead singer of UB40 in 2008 Duncan Campbell, current lead singer of reggae band UB40, is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. Tickets range from R460 - … Following England's victory in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup it reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart. Ali Campbell on UB40, Brett Kavanaugh and an ugly bar brawl The singer woke up to find himself embroiled in a global political scandal. A statement from the band said the 62-year-old, from Birmingham, is “up and about” and doing well. You can easily improve your search by specifying the number of letters in the answer. Campbelll became the lead singer of UB40 back in 2008 after his brother Ali Campbell left the group. 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. [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. Duncan Campbell took over as UB40’s lead singer in 2008, and the pair remain estranged. 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. DUNCAN Campbell is best known for being the new lead singer of hit band UB40. 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. UB40 lead singer Duncan Campbell was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.. Earl was sentenced to six months imprisonment in June 1988 and banned from driving for three years. Signing Off was released on 29 August 1980. [42][43], Duncan Campbell (born 3 April 1958 in Birmingham) is an English musician and current lead singer of the reggae band, UB40. Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2021. Married 1984-1990 to Jim Kerr. When asked about a potential reunion in a recent interview, Wilson replied, “Well, let’s put it this way: It’s really up to Diana. [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. "[33] Ali Campbell toured as UB40 with Astro and Virtue over the summer. He tells his side of the story Their two most successful albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. [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). With 214 weeks spent on the UK singles charts over the course of the 1980s, UB40 and Madness hold the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. Enjoy. View our online Press Pack. UB40's lead singer Campbell is a crossword puzzle clue that we have … Campbell replaced his brother Ali as lead singer of the British reggae group in 2008, after Ali quit over a disagreement about management. Enjoy an exclusive life story interview with Robin Campbell - the lead singer 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) 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. This is because his tracks were recorded outside in the garden. In a statement, the Birmingham-based group said they were “already up and pretty much” and asked fans for privacy while recovering. UB40 UBTV..Christmas Special..Anant Shah asks Duncan... 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