One half of the writer-duo behind the Band Aid hit, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", Midge Ure is a guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. Midge Ure was highly popular during the '70s and '80s, when he worked with several bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, The Rich Kids and Visage.
However, Midge Ure is best known as the frontman of the band "Ultravox". Funnily Midge, who was actually born Jim Ure, had to spell his name backwards to avoid himself being confused with Jim McGinlay, one of the owners of the band. He went on pursue a solo career in the mid '70s and worked with several pop and rock bands without the kind of success he was hoping for.
Luck finally smiled on him in 1979 when he joined Ultravox. With such hit singles as "Vienna", "Sleepwalk", "Passing Strangers", and "All Stood Still", Ultravox quickly became one of Britain's most successful bands. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" with Bob Geldof and co-organised both Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 . The song earned him and Bob Geldof two Ivor Novello awards. When Ultravox folded in 1986, Ure went on to pursue a solo career. His singles like "If I Was" and "Call Of The Wild" and the album "The Gift" all charted successfully in the UK. In 1998, his single "Breathe" achieved phenomenal success in Europe and was popular owing to its use in a Swatch TV ad campaign. In 2005, Ure was awarded with an OBE for his contribution to music and charity.
Ure has been married twice. He has one daughter, Molly, from his first wife - actress and writer Annabel Giles and three daughters, Kitty, Ruby and Flossie from his second wife Sheridan Forbes.
Attached articles courtesy of Get Rhythm, November 2001.
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