Reggae band UB40 was formed in England, in 1978. The current lineup includes Jimmy Brown, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, and Duncan Campbell. The band is particularly famous for such songs as “I Got You Babe”, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”, and “Higher Ground”. The band has been nominated for a Grammy Award four times.
The band members bought their first musical instruments using the money Ali Campbell (ex-member) got as compensation for a bar fight. Some of them had to learn how to play the instruments while rehearsing. By 1979, the band members did such a great job playing together that they were invited to go on a tour where they performed as an opening act for Pretenders, who were very popular at the time.
In 1980, the band released their first single “Food For Thought”, which reached the 4th spot on the UK Singles Chart. The band was famous for its energetic live concerts. They were enough to make UB40 very popular. Neither the label nor the media did anything for their promotion. UB40 managed to become famous on its own. The same year, the band released two more singles “My Way Of Thinking” and “The Earth Dies Screaming”, which also became hits. Some time later, UB40 released their first LP Signing Off. The LP reached the 2nd spot on the UK Albums Chart and was eventually certified platinum.