Date: 4 October 2011
Location: Hare & Hounds
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On 4 October 2011, UB40 – one of the world’s most successful reggae bands - were honoured with a PRS for Music Heritage Award.
A Heritage Award plaque was erected in Kings Heath, Birmingham where the original group Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, James Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Ali Campbell, Michael Virtue and Astro first performed, at the Hare & Hounds on 9 February 1979.
UB40 has had numerous hits in both the UK and internationally including 'Food For Thought', 'One in Ten', 'Red Red Wine' and 'Kingston Town'.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, 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.”
PRS 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."