” Kingston Town ” is by UB40, the English reggae and pop band. Formed in Birmingham, England in December 1978, they have had over fifty singles chart in the United Kingdom and have had considerable international success.
The band members were friends who knew each other from many of the schools across the city of Birmingham, England. They took their name from the signing-on document which the UK Government’s Department of Employment issued to people claiming unemployment benefit.
The line-up was stable for nearly 29 years, until lead singer Ali Campbell left the band in January 2008, followed not long after by Mickey Virtue. Another member of the group, Astro, stayed on until November 2013, when he left to join with Ali and Mickey in a new version of UB40.
The band have had four nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group in 1984. The original line-up of the band has worldwide sales of 70 million records.
” Kingston Town ” was written by Kendrick Patrick, the calypso, R&B, ska and rocksteady artist. Known by his stage name as Lord Creator, Kendrick was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and is considered to be an early pioneer of the Jamaican music scene.
UB40’s cover version was released on the 19th of March 1990 by record label Virgin ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the second single from their ninth album, Labour of Love II.
The album, released on the 27th of November 1989, was the band’s second covers album. Labour of Love II featured two Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, ” Here I Am ( Come and Take Me ) ” which reached number seven and ” The Way You Do The Things You Do ” a number six Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit.
The accompanying music video was directed by Brian Travers. He is a self-taught saxophone player and one of the founding members of UB40. In addition to co-writing and performing with the band, he is also an accomplished abstract painter.
” Kingston Town ” was a commercial success for UB40. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 31st of March 1990 and reached a peak of number four. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
It also charted in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 5, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 8, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 17, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
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