Red Red Wine UB40
Song Title: Red Red Wine
Date of release: August 20, 1983
Description: ” Red Red Wine” is by UB40, the British reggae pop band. The song was originally written by Neil Diamond the American singer-songwriter and was a hit for him in 1969 reaching number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
This version was produced by UB40 and Ray “Pablo” Falconer, who was a reggae producer from the city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
” Red Red Wine” was covered by reggae singer Tony Tribe and Jimmy James & the Vagabonds just after Neil diamond released his original.
While Neil’s version only made it to number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the US, the cover by Tony Tribe reached number 46 and Jimmy James & the Vagabonds made it to number 36.
It has often been wrongly thought that Bob Marley covered the song with his reggae style himself, however he never covered the song.
UB40 recorded their version of the song for their cover versions Album ” Labour of love ” in 1983 after hearing the Tony Tribe sing the song.
According to UB40 they only knew of the Tony Tribe version, although the credit for the writer was ” Diamond “, the group didn’t realise this meant Neil Diamond.
UB40 took the song and produced a more up-tempo reggae style which lightened the feel of the song from the original acoustic ballad.
For the UB40 version group member Astro opens the song with rapping ( toasted in Jamaican music ) where he says “Red Red Wine, you make me feel so fine, You keep me rocking all of the time “.
However this was edited out for the 1983 release but included when the song was re-released five years later for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert.
” Red Red Wine” was to be a commercial success for the boys from Birmingham UK, in the United States UB40’s version reached a peak of number 34 in March 1984 and stayed on the chart for 100 weeks.
The song was released again in 1988 with the earlier omitted Astro opening for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert, this time the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Outside of the United States ” Red Red Wine” reached the top slot on the charts of Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand and top five in Australia, Canada and Austria.
In the United Kingdom the song reached number one for three weeks, the song spent 8 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 34
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 5, Canada (RPM) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 12, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 10, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
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