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Brian Travers Biography – Brian Travers Wiki
Brian Travers was a saxophonist and founding member of UB40. Travers co-founded UB40, a British reggae pop band, in 1978 having hits over the years such as “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You,” selling over 100 million albums worldwide. The band had more than 40 Top 40 songs in the UK and also earned four Grammy nominations in the reggae category. “Food for Thought” was the group’s first top 10 single in 1980. The Birmingham outfit’s other hits in Europe included “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” “One in Ten” and a cover of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”
Travers formed the band in 1978 with musicians from various schools across Birmingham, choosing their name as a reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits at the time, according to the Guardian. “We had just signed on and somebody said ‘UB40’ and we all instantly knew that was the name of the band,” Travers told The Telegraph. “Thank God for the dole. We got fed, it paid the rent and it enabled us to concentrate on developing our careers. We commandeered a cellar and started rehearsing every day, 9 till 5. … Our first experiences of playing an instrument started together, and we’d humiliate each other over mistakes. But we were very serious about our music.”
The band lineup remained the same for nearly three decades until January 2008, when Ali Campbell left the band. In June 2021, the UB40 frontman Duncan Campbell announced his retirement from music due to ill health and was replaced by the Kioko musician Matt Doyle as the band’s lead singer. Doyle joined the most recent lineup of Robin Campbell, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Laurence Parry, Tony Mullings, Martin Meredith and Travers.
In March 2019, Travers missed the band’s anniversary tour after he had a seizure at home and was found to have two tumours on his brain. His last performance with the band was at a concert in December 2019 held at the Arena Birmingham.
Brian Travers Age
The UB40 saxophone player and songwriter Brian Travers died at his home in Moseley, Birmingham surrounded by his family on 22 August 2021. He was 62.
Brian Travers Wife
Brian Travers was married to Lesley Travers.
Brian Travers Children
Brian Travers had two children; daughter Lisa and son Jamie.
Brian Travers Family
Brian Travers is survived by his wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie.
Brian Travers Death
Brian Travers died at the age of 62 on 22 August 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer, UB40 announced on social media. The band released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers. 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.”
Brian Travers Brain Tumour
In January 2021, Travers shared several posts on Twitter about returning home for recovery following his second brain tumor surgery after suffering from a seizure the month before.
The Brain Tumour Charity released a statement on Twitter following the news of Travers’ death. The organization wrote: “Our deepest condolences go to Brian’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. This is also a reminder of the urgent need to speed up progress towards a cure for brain tumours.”
Dr David Jenkinson, interim chief executive of the Brain Tumour Charity, said in a statement: “All of us at the Brain Tumour Charity are deeply saddened by Brian’s death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and with everyone who was inspired by his career and the success of the band. His loss is a fierce reminder of why we must move further and faster every day in the battle against brain tumours, so that other families do not have to endure this kind of heartbreak in the future. We are committed to fighting for all those people whose lives are turned upside down by this devastating disease.”
Brian Travers Cause of Death – Brian Travers Cancer
Travers died after a “long and heroic battle with cancer”, the British reggae band announced on Twitter. While the band did not reveal what type of cancer Travers had, the saxophonist and songwriter had undergone double brain tumour surgery in 2019 after suffering a seizure. He underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian Travers UB40 Net Worth
UB40’s Brian Travers’ net worth is estimated to be $2 million.