(AFP) – Former singer and founding member of British reggae group UB 11, famous in the years 1980 with hits like “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, died at the age of 64 years of illness, his group announced on Saturday.
Terence Wilson, Astro by his stage name , played with UB 11 until 2013 before forming another band.
“We are totally devastated to have to tell you that our beloved Astro passed away today after a brief illness,” his current band, which goes by the name of “UB 40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro”. “The world will never be the same without him.”
His former group also confirmed the information, specifying that he had died from a “brief illness” .
UB’s cover 40 of the song “Red Red Wine” by Neil Diamond propelled the group at the top with more than 100 millions of records sold.
The name of the group, founded in 1978 in Birmingham, refers to the UK Unemployment Benefits, Form 40).
Drummer Jimmy Brown told The Guardian this year that the group has been under surveillance by UK Home Intelligence.
“MI5 had bugged our phones and was monitoring our homes,” he said. “We are not planning a revolution but if a revolution were to take place, we knew which side we were on,” he said.