Terence Wilson (ex-UB40) was better known by his nickname Astro. A music expert described him as having a “very striking appearance”.
Astro, 64, who was a member of the Birmingham reggae rock band for over 30 years, has died, according to his current band.
Jez Collins, the founder of Birmingham Popular Music Archive, said that he was “such a wonderful person”.
Astro and the group did not get the proper recognition for their work in Birmingham, he said.
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Collins stated that the singer was “beautiful” when he first met him.
He said, “Astro was an extremely striking presence. He was an enormous man.
“He was quite a domineering character but such a beautiful person.
“He was always around, always laughing and always making jokes, centre of attention. He was also a very nice man.”
Birmingham’s based band, named after the government’s unemployment benefits form of then, sold over 70 million records. It also had three UK number-one hits.
Collins was asked to give a summary of UB40’s legacy for Birmingham. He said, “I’m sure not many people know how much they do in Birmingham. How much they support musicians.
They have remained true to their city. They have stayed put in the city.
They are a hugely significant part of Birmingham and the surrounding area. Their music is their inspiration.
He stated that “they don’t get the recognition they deserve for being ambassadors for the town, but for also the music… they produced and sold”.
Collins said that UB40’s “very distinct sound” was what made it stand out, and it even covered other reggae tracks.
Astro joined UB40 just after its formation in 1979. However, he left in 2013, and continued to perform in breakaway group UB40 with Ali Campbell as well as Astro.
With their British Reggae sound, the original group broke through with hit singles like Red Red Wine (80s) and Can’t Help But Fall In Love (80s).
Brian Travers, a founding member of UB40 and saxophonist, died in August from cancer at the age of 62.
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