UB40 band members met in a welfare line in 1978 and, fittingly, took their name from a British unemployment benefit form. The multi-cultural lineup boasted street smarts and a working class flair that appropriately evolved into a reggae-pop quiche. UB40 began their career with politically-driven mantras and eventually found their niche in covers. Many a pop classic has been born of the reggae-spun UB40 magic including Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine," Al Green's "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love." With a steady, decades-spanning career, UB40 has comfortably dodged further welfare lines.
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