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Death of singer Astro, one of the founders of the group UB40 | CNEWS

Terence Wilson passed away this Saturday, November 6, at the age of 64. Better known by his stage name, Astro, it was with the group UB40, which he had co-founded, that the musician and singer had found success in the 1980s.

“We are totally devastated and devastated to announce that our beloved Astro has passed away today”, shared the group UB40 feat. Ali and Astro, through his social networks, on the evening of Saturday. Upset by the disappearance of their friend, the musicians also wrote that “the world will never be the same without him”, before specifying that the singer died of a “brief illness”.

The leader of the group, Ali Campbell, and Astro had operated a reunification in 2014 by partially taking the name of the group they had left, in 2008 for Ali and and in 2013 for Astro. Both had left the group for deep disagreements with their managers.

The separation with the initiatable formation, which is still called UB40, had never broken the links. and besides his former group also shared his pain on Twitter and Instagram on the evening of Saturday. “Tonight we learned of the sadness of the death of former UB40 member Terence Wilson, better known as Astro. We offer our condolences to his family, ”we read.

An original group name

As a reminder, UB40 was formed in 1978, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and brought together eight members of different origins, bringing a wealth of diversity and influences to their music ranging from blues to reggae. Being all unemployed at the time, it was after listening to a friend’s advice that the group found its name referring to the UK Unemployment Benefits, Form 40.

UB40 had risen to fame thanks to its cover of Neil Diamond’s title, “Red Red Wine” which had sold over 100 million copies. The track was featured on “Labor of Love”, their fourth all-cover album released in 1983. Among their biggest covers, UB40 also features “I’ll be your Baby tonight”, Bob Dylan and “Kingston Town” by Lord Creator.

In France, the ragga artist Nuttea had offered a featuring with the group UB40 on the single “Cover Up”, released in 2001.

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