- Title: UB40 Saxophonist Brian Travers dies aged 62
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: KAMPALA, UGANDA (FILE - FEBRUARY 23, 2008) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** TRAVERS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 13, 2001) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) TRAVERS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS
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- Keywords: 62 Brian Travers Saxophonist UB40 dies
- Location: REMENHAM AND BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / KAMPALA, UGANDA / UNKNOWN LOCATION
- City: REMENHAM AND BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / KAMPALA, UGANDA / UNKNOWN LOCATION
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- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Music
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- Story Text: Saxophonist, songwriter, and founding member of British reggae group UB40, Brian Travers, died on Sunday (August 22) at the age of 62.
His death, which came after a long battle with cancer, was announced via the band's Twitter page on Monday (August 23).
UB40 was formed in the English Midlands during the economic slump of the late 1970s, taking their name from an official unemployment benefits form.
With their catchy mix of pop and reggae, the band went on to sell an estimated 70 million records, tour the world six times and top the UK singles chart three times.
In 1983, they enjoyed a number one hit around the world, including the United States, with a version of Neil Diamond's song "Red Red Wine."
Other hits include: "I Got You Babe," "Cherry Oh Baby" and "Rat In Mi Kitchen."
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