British Reggae-Pop band UB40 Founder and Saxophonist, 62, dies of Cancer

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Brian Travers Death – Obituary – Cause of Death : Brian Travers, 62, was a saxophone player a songwriter and the founder of the British reggae-pop band UB40. he was pronounced dead on Monday (Aug. 23) the band announced. Brian passed away yesterday after a long and heroic battle with cancer.

Brian Travers co-founded the group in 1978 with Robin Campbell, Ali Campbell, Earl Falconer, James Brown, and Norman Hassan in Birmingham, England. Mickey Virtue and Astro joined in 1979, and the line-up remained the same until front man Ali left in 2008. Together, the group landed four songs on the Billboard Hot 100: “Red Red Wine” climbed to the summit in 1988 and spent 40 weeks on the chart; “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was No. 1 in 1993 and stayed on the chart for 29 weeks; “The Way You Do the Things You Do” peaked at No. 6 in 1990; and “Here I am (Come and Take Me) reached a high of No. 7 in 1991.

Their 1993 album, Promises and Lies, was the group’s biggest chart success, peaking at No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200. UB40 has also earned four Grammy nominations: best reggae recording (album) in 1987 for UB40 CCCP (Live in Moscow); best reggae recordings for UB40 (album) and Breakfast in Bed (track) in 1988; and best reggae album for Who You Fighting For in 2006.

Brian Travers announced that he was undergoing surgery for a brain tumour, and wouldn’t be joining UB40 on their 40th anniversary tour, this was In March 2019, “I shall be there in spirit, cheering them on from my convalescence and thinking of all the wonderful people out there who have supported us for the last 40 years, who I am now incredibly proud to count as friends,” he shared in a Facebook post at the time. “I’ve had a great life with no regrets and have absolutely nothing to add to a bucket list except getting over this and getting back to the thing I love, playing music to anyone who wants to listen and expressing myself through painting & sculpture. It’s been a huge privilege and I think you all for the opportunity to ‘live the dream.'” He said during an interview.

Brian Travers formed the band in 1978 with musicians from various schools across Birmingham, choosing their name as a reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits at the time. They had gone on to produced hits songs including ‘Red Red Wine’ and (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You and sold 100m albums worldwide. The band’s line up remained the same for nearly three decades until January 2008, when Ali Campbell left the band.

In June this year the UB40 front man Duncan Campbell announced his retirement from music due to ill health and was replaced by the Kioko musician Matt Doyle as the band’s lead singer.

Doyle joined the most recent line up of Robin Campbell, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Laurence Parry, Tony Mullings, Martin Meredith and Travers.

He is survived by wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie