UB40 Lead Singer, Duncan Campbell, Suffers Stroke

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Duncan Campbell, the current lead singer for the British reggae band, UB40, has suffered a stroke. The group reported the news today (Aug. 4), on its Facebook page.

Campbell, who turned 62 on April 3, replaced his brother, Ali Campbell, as the group’s lead vocalist, in 2008, in what’s described as an acrimonious change to their lineup. Ali and a third brother, Robin, were among the original founders of the group in 1978.

In the Facebook post, the group wrote, “We can confirm that our lead singer and brother Duncan Campbell was taken to hospital after suffering a stroke. While we can report that he is already up and about, we ask fans to respect Duncan and the Family’s privacy as he works his way back to what we all hope will be a strong and speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing you all on the road next spring.”

In 2008, Ali departed after 30 years, due to a business dispute. He was replaced by Duncan, shortly thereafter. Brother Robin remains with the group.

Watch UB40 with Duncan Campbell sing one of the band’s favorites in 2017

Ali has since formed a spinoff group called UB40 Reunited, with fellow former members Astro (born Terence Wilson) and Mickey Virtue. They also use the name UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro.

UB40 has had an astounding 35 songs reach the U.K. Top 40. In the U.S., they’ve enjoyed two #1 pop hits: 1983’s “Red, Red Wine” and 1993’s “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You.” Other favorites include their 1985 cover of “I Got You Babe,” which featured a duet with Chrissie Hynde, and 1990’s “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”

Related: UB40’s unusual path to #1

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