UB40 is a British reggae band. It was formed in 1978 in Birmingham. The band members began with their friendship who know each other from several schools across Birmingham. The name "UB40" was chosen in implication to the document that was issued to people who claims unemployment benefit from the UK government's Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) during the formation of the band's . The label "UB40" stands for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. The band has entered more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also attained major international success. UB40 have sold over 70 million records making them as one of the world's best-selling music artists
Their No.1 hit singles include their first number 1 "Food For Thought" and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", while "I Got You Babe" also topped the UK singles chart.
On February 9, 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham where their first gig took place for a friend's birthday party.
UB40 have their first break when they caught the attention of Chrissie Hynde at a pub and gave them a chance as a back up to her band "The Pretenders". The bands first single "King"/"Food for Thought" which was released by Graduate Records (an independent label which owned by David Virr). It reached the no. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.