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August 23, 2021



In 80, their first hit, ‘King’/’Food For Thought’,

on Graduate, became a Silver selling Top 4.

With ‘My Way Of Thinking’/’ I Think It’s Going To Rain’,

reaching No.6, leaving fans begging for more.


Ending 80, ‘The Earth Dies Screaming’/’Dream A Lie’,

(their last hit on Graduate), made the Top 10.

In 81, ‘Don’t Let It Pass You By’/’Don’t Slow Down’,

on DEP International, at No.16 – another Top 20 again.


Ending 81,’One In Ten’, rose to No.7 –

the second of 44 hits on DEP International label.

In 82, ‘I Won’t Close My Eyes’, made No.32,

with ‘Love Is All Is Alright’, at No.29, next on the table.


Also in 82, ‘So Here I Am’, rose to No.25,

And in 83, ‘I’ve Got Mine’, reached the No.45 line.

Next in 83, came their famous, gold selling

US & UK No.1 – ‘Red Red Wine’.


Also in 83, ‘Please Don’t Make Me Cry’, a Top 10,

with ‘Many Rivers To Cross’, on the No.16 line.

And in 84, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, peaked at No.12,

And ‘If It Happens Again’, reached No.9.


Ending 84, ‘Riddle Me’, rose to No.59,

And in 85, at No.1, came ‘I Got You Babe’, ft Chrissie Hynde.

Also in 85, ‘Don’t Break My Heart, a Top 3.

And in 86, ‘Sing Our Own Song’, – a Top 5 find


Ending 86, ‘All I Want To Do’, made No.41,

And in 87 ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’, at No.12, doing fine.

With ‘Watchdogs’ reaching No.39,

And ending 87, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, claimed the No.14 line.


In 88, came ‘Reckless’, on EMI,

for Afrika Bambaataa ft UB40 & Family, at No.17.

Next in 88, ‘Breakfast In Bed’ ft Chrissie Hynde, at No.6.

And ending 88, ‘Where Did I Go Wrong’, at No.26 seen.


In 89, ‘I Would Do For You’, made No.45.

With ‘Homely Girl’, making the Top 6.

In 90, ‘Here I Am (Come And Take Me)’, a No.46,

With ‘Kingston Town’, a Silver selling, Top 4 fix.


Next in 90, ‘Wear You To The Ball’, made No.35.

And ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’, on EMI,

for Robert Palmer & UB40, to No.6 did fly.

And ending 90, ‘Impossible Love’, made a No.47 high.


In 91, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, a No.49.

In 92, State Vs UB40, on ZTT, with ‘One In Ten’, a No.17.

And in 93, ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’ –

a multi platinum US & UK No.1 on view.


Also in 93, ‘Higher Ground’, rose to No.8.

And ‘Bring Me Your Cup’, made No.24.

In 94, ‘C’est La Vie’, reached No.37.

And ‘Reggae Music’ made a No.28 score.


In 95, ‘Until My Dying Day’, made No.15.

And in 97, ‘Tell Me Is It True’, rose to No.14.

Also in 97, ‘Always There’, was at No.53.

And in 98, ‘Come Back Darling’, made the Top 10 scene.


Ending 98, ‘Holly Holy’, peaked at No.31.

And in 99, ‘The Train Is Coming’ – a Top 30 hit.

In 2000, ‘Light My Fire’, made No.63,

And in 01, ‘Since I Met You Lady’/’Sparkle Of My Eyes’,

featuring Lady Saw – a Top 40, was to be.


In 02, ‘Cover Up’, made No.54, and

in 03, ‘Swing Low’ ft United Colours Of Sound – a No.15.

In 05, ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, at No.19 did arrive.

And also in 05, ‘Reasons’, for UB40/

Hunter Z/DHOL Blasters – rose to No.75.


Thank You for the music  (40 Top 40 hits – WOW)


Brian Travers    1959 – 2021

Terence Wilson (Astro)    1957 – 2021


written by

Harriet Blackbury




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