Music: Reggae's Bulgarian Acrobats UB40 eases onto the chart tops with an old hit

UB40 eases onto the chart tops with an old hit

No, no, no, it just doesn't happen this way. Smash Brit band, bedecked with hit singles and platinum albums from abroad, storms U.S. shores in 1983. Plays some concerts, manages to squeeze one hit onto the low midrange of the singles charts, then goes back home. Modest hit single, which had reached the No. 1 spot in twelve other countries, expires from widespread Stateside indifference.

Band turns out more albums and singles, which are smashes everywhere but the U.S. The States remain puzzlingly obtuse about UB40's charms. Is it the band's slightly arcane name (which comes from the code number on...

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