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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, 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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UB40 (with Robin Campbell, Duncan Campbell and Brian Travers) Live in Dubai

The Big Grill Live performances by international acts Diana King and Marty of No Mercy,a live set by UB40 (with Robin Campbell, Duncan Campbell and Brian ...

UB40-Kingston Town(Live At The Dome Brighton 31/10/2010) Multi Camera Angle

UB40-Kingston Town(Live At The Dome Brighton 31/10/2010) Multi Camera Angle From The Signing Off 30th Anniversary Tour.


UB40's new lead man sings "Stick by me " at the preview show for fans.

UB40 US-UBTV...apres Le petite déjeuner chat with Duncan Campbell

Recorded on September 28, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.

UB40 au transbo LYON fin du concert DUNCAN CAMPBELL en personne

Merci !! Désolé mais le son est pourri car trop pres des enceintes !!

UB40 Duncan Campbell 9 Ball Pool Game On Tour USA 2008

UB40 Singer Duncan Campbell Dubbed Pool Game Whilst On Tour In The USA 2008.

UB40 UBTV Dinner with Duncan Campbell Part 1

Recorded on August 27, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.

UB40:Red red wine 2009

UB40 performing on the Alan Titchmarsh show broadcast on the 16th October 2009. http://www.angelfire.com/music3/UB40/home.html.

UB40 - One In Ten: O2 Leeds. 3rd April 2014

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UB40 play New Faces on BBC Midlands Today

UB40 have announced Ali Campbell's replacement - and it's not one but two people. Ali's replacements are his brother Duncan Campbell, and Maxi Priest.

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4 news items

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Mail
Wed, 27 May 2015 04:02:16 -0700

UB40 will play a show at the O2 Academy with fellow reggae legends Steel Pulse. The show, which will be Duncan Campbell's UB40, will be on December 21 with both bands playing at O2 Academy Brixton the night before. UB40's Robin Campbell said: “I'm ...

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Mail
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:06:29 -0700

Duncan Campbell's UB40 line-up. The brother of Birmingham reggae legend Ali Campbell has broken his silence to speak of his hurt over the rift that spawned two UB40s, a brooding legal battle and public family fall-out. Duncan Campbell, vocalist in a ...

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Mail
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:04:38 -0700

UB40 founder member Brian Travers has revealed the battle for the right to use the group's name has cost his version of the band more than a quarter of a million pounds in legal fees. And despite the £250,000 legal bill, there is still no sign of a ...

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Mail
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:31:45 -0700

But this time it is the Birmingham reggae band featuring Robin and Duncan Campbell rather than the band with the same name featuring Ali Campbell and Astro. While Ali's version of the band wowed crowds at Barclaycard Arena recently, his brothers' band, ...

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