UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham,
England. This year they are celebrating 40 years in the business along with the release of a new album.
The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success.
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” which also topped the UK charts. Their two most successful albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. In the 1980s, UB40 spent
214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts.
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
have sold over 100 million records worldwide. The ethnic make-up of the band’s line up is diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage.