Travers co-established the team in 1978 with Robin Campbell, Ali Campbell, Earl Falconer, James Brown, and Norman Hassan in Birmingham, England. Mickey Advantage and Astro joined in 1979, and the lineup remained the exact until finally frontman Ali still left in 2008.
Together, the group landed 4 music on the Billboard Incredibly hot 100: “Purple Purple Wine” climbed to the summit in 1988 and put in 40 weeks on the chart “Cannot Aid Falling in Adore” was No. 1 in 1993 and stayed on the chart for 29 weeks “The Way You Do the Issues You Do” peaked at No. 6 in 1990 and “In this article I am (Occur and Acquire Me) reached a superior of No. 7 in 1991.
Their 1993 album, Claims and Lies, was the group’s most important chart success, peaking at No. 6 on the all-style Billboard 200. UB40 has also gained four Grammy nominations: ideal reggae recording (album) in 1987 for UB40 CCCP (Stay in Moscow) best reggae recordings for UB40 (album) and Breakfast in Mattress (track) in 1988 and most effective reggae album for Who You Combating For in 2006.
In March 2019, Travers announced that he was undergoing surgical procedure for a brain tumor, and wouldn’t be becoming a member of UB40 on their 40th anniversary tour.
“I shall be there in spirit, cheering them on from my convalescence and imagining of all the great individuals out there who have supported us for the final 40 yrs, who I am now extremely proud to count as pals,” he shared in a Facebook submit at the time. “I have had a great lifestyle with no regrets and have totally nothing at all to increase to a bucket checklist besides having above this and acquiring back again to the point I like, taking part in new music to anyone who wants to listen and expressing myself by way of portray & sculpture. It truly is been a big privilege and I consider you all for the chance to ‘live the desire.'”