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Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell with UB40, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 2010
Background information
Birth name Duncan Campbell
Born (1958-06-03) 3 June 1958 (age 57)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Lead vocals
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts UB40

Duncan Campbell (born 3 June 1958 in Birmingham, England) is a British musician and current lead singer of the British reggae band, UB40. He joined the band in 2008 after the departure of his brother Ali Campbell.[1]

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Birmingham on 3 June 1958. He is the brother of former UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell and current bandmate Robin Campbell and the son of folk singer Ian Campbell.[1]

Career before UB40[edit]

Campbell sang in a harmony group with his brothers as children and performed with their father on stage. He also recorded a reggae album in Jamaica for his brother Ali's record label, but it was never released. He was a professional spoon player. "I was the only professional spoon player in the country registered with the Musicians' Union – until they registered me as a vocalist," said Campbell. He also worked as a casino manager in Barbados, ran a fish and chip shop in Perth, Australia, and has worked as an actor.[1]

UB40 in 2010 with Duncan Campbell (2nd right)


On 24 January 2008, UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell announced that he was leaving the band after a dispute with the management; UB40 announced that they would carry on. On 30 April 2008 UB40 unveiled Duncan as their new lead singer.

Duncan was offered the position of the lead singer in 1978. However, he turned it down at the time, and said that he "wouldn't get the chance in another 30 years". Ali Campbell was "disappointed but didn't object" to him joining UB40. When asked why he did not join UB40 in 1978, he joked because they were "crap"[2] and that he "was too smart for them and he knew that they would get nowhere".[3] In 2014, Ali formed a rival version of UB40 with Astro and Mickey Virtue. He said of his brother's singing, "I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs. We're saving the legacy".[4]


  1. ^ a b c Youngs, Ian (2 May 2008). "Entertainment | UB40 singer replaced by brother". BBC News. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ UB40 UBTV..Christmas Special..Anant Shah asks Duncan... on YouTube
  3. ^ UB40 play New Faces on BBC Midlands Today on YouTube
  4. ^ "Rival band remains true to its roots in reggae". Yorkshire Post. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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