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4 October 2011

PRS for Music honours UB40's first gig

The world’s most successful reggae band - UB40 – has been honoured today by a PRS for Music Heritage Award.

A special plaque was erected in Kings Heath, Birmingham where the original group Robin Campbell (guitar/vocals), Brian Travers (saxophone), James Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass guitar), Norman Hassan (percussion), Ali Campbell (guitar/vocals), Michael Virtue (keyboards) and Astro (trumpet) first performed, at the Hare & Hounds on 9 February 1979.

PRS for Music set up the Heritage Award in 2009 to recognise the unusual ‘performance birthplaces’ of famous bands and artists. UB40 is the eighth band to be given the honour of receiving the permanent plaque.

The band and its members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, James Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan and Astro were there to see the plaque unveiled in Kings Heath.

PRS for Music Chairman, Guy Fletcher OBE said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure for us to commemorate the site of the first UB40 gig with a PRS for Music Heritage Award. UB40 has made an incredible contribution to the music scene in a career spanning three decades and they are still going strong. The much-loved band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, achieved considerable international success and sold over 70 million records – a superb achievement.”

Robin Campbell said: "I'm humbled that the birthplace of UB40 has been chosen to be marked in this way. It's a pleasure to return to the place where we first performed back in 1979.”

Adam Reagan, Owner of the Hare & Hounds, said: “We are delighted that such an important moment of UB40’s history will be recorded at Hare & Hounds, a venue that is now a base for some of the area’s best up and coming artists.”

UB40 has had numerous hits in both the UK and internationally including “Food For Thought”, “One in Ten”, “Red Red Wine”, “Kingston Town” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

For more information please go to www.prsformusic.com/heritageaward


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PRS for Music:
PRS for Music represents 80,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK.  As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry.  The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914. 

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.9bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data and comment for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up to date analysis, research and trends about the industry.



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