Midge Ure









Midge Ure

Midge Ure

was born as James Ure, on October 10, 1953, in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He is a rock and roll singer as well as a guitar player, keyboard player, and songwriter. He had his musical success in the 1970's and 1980's. Midge began his career as a member of the group, Salvation, who later changed their name to Slik. They played mostly covers in the Glasgow disco called, Clouds. Clouds was above the Greenís Playhouse and all of the most popular groups played there when they were in town. Midge had an opportunity to be lead singer for The Sex Pistols but he turned the offer down. He did later go on to play in the group, called The Rich Kids with the former member of The Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock .He also played for a while with Thin Lizzy before he went on to replace John Foxx as a singer for the group, Ultravox, a New Wave band, in 1979. The band had a big hit shortly after he joined the group and it was called, Vienna. The group became one of Britainís favorite bands for several years. Midge also formed the group, Visage, that same year and other members were Steve Strange and Rusty Egan (former Rich Kid member). The next year, 1980, Midge co-wrote a song with Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott, and called it Yellow Pearl, This was Lynottís biggest solo hit. There was a re-recording of the song which was used as the theme song for, Top of the Pops. Midge was also a producer and worked for other musicians. Steve Harley and STRASSE (a New Wave band) were two of the ones he produced for.

Midge and Bob Geldof wrote and produced the Band Aid hit called, Do They Know Itís Christmas. Midge and Geldof were the ones who set up the Band Aid Trust and he is still a Band Aid trustee today. He was also one who co-organized Live Aid. In 1985, Midge Ure had his one and only single number one hit in the U. K. and it was called, If I Was. The single was followed with an album called, The Gift. The band Ultravox did not last long after Live Aid. Members went their separate ways to pursue their own solo projects. Midge went solo and released the international hit called, Breathe. The song was also used in a Swatch TV commercial.

Midge has recently organized Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof to try to press G8 leaders into ending world poverty. He was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2005. He has received honorary degrees for his music and charity work over the past 30 years. He is also an Ambassador for Save the Children.

Midge Ure still sings his own songs as well as popular Ultravox songs. He has released a total of 18 albums and 14 singles during his career and is not finished yet.