R.I.P. UB40 Co-Founder and Saxophonist Brian Travers

August 23, 2021
R.I.P. UB40 Co-Founder and Saxophonist Brian Travers

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UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers has died.

In 1978, Travers co-founded the band in Birmingham, England with Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Jimmy Brown, and Norman Hassan. By 1979, the band’s lineup with solidified with vocalist Astro and keyboardist Micky Virtue.

Travers was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, and he passed on Aug. 22. He was 62.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers,” read a statement by the band. “Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie. We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family’s need for privacy at this time.”

Through their history, UB40 made waves on the Billboard Hot 100 with versions of “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” They’ve sold 70 million records worldwide.