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Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure on October 10, 1953 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a and musician from Scotland, known for his particular success as a guitarist and in the and . His stage name, “Midge”, is a phonetic reversal of his real name, “Jim”. Beginning his career in the band Slik, he would go on to play for power poppers Rich Kids and temporarily for Thin Lizzy.

Things kicked into high gear when he replaced John Foxx as the singer of the famous music group Ultravox in 1979. Shortly afterwards, the band had a huge U.K. hit with “Vienna”, and it became one of Britain’s most popular groups for several years. As well, later that year, Ure also formed the band Visage. In 1980, Ure and Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott co-wrote Lynott’s biggest solo hit, titled “Yellow Pearl”. A re-recording of the song done in 1981 was used as the theme for ‘Top of the Pops’, a music-centered television series.

In 1984, Ure co-wrote, with Bob Geldof, the Band Aid hit, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. He was one of the few featured stars who did not sing solo on the recording. The following year, Ure scored his one and only solo U.K. number one single with “If I Was”, a wistful track that’s since been considered his ‘signature song’. This was followed by an album titled ‘The Gift’. With Ure’s mind clearly on other matters, Ultravox took second place and soon dissolved.


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