Date of Acquisition
Midge Ure OBE (real name James Ure) is an iconic Scottish songwriter, recording artist and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his actual name.
Midge co-wrote, performed and produced some major hits through the 1970s and 1980s as a true pioneer of the new wave and synth pop movement through that period through his work in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids, Visage and most famously as the frontman of Ultravox.
Some of the biggest hits that Midge was involved with as a producer, songwriter and performer are “Fade to Grey” (1980) by Visage and the huge Ultravox hits “Vienna” (1980) and “Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” (1984). He achieved his first UK top 10 solo hit in 1982 with “No Regrets”. In 1985, his solo debut studio album “The Gift” reached number two in the UK Album Chart and yielded another hit for Midge with “If I Was” which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Another great track, co-written by Midge, with legendary Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Linott, was “Yellow Pearl” (1980).
In 1984, Midge co-wrote and produced the ground-breaking charity single “Do They Know It`s Christmas?” which sold 3.7million copies in the UK and ranks as the second-highest selling single in UK chart history. It sold over 12 million copies globally. Midge co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with fellow musician Bob Geldof and acts as a trustee for the charity and also serves as an ambassador for Save the Children. It would not be an exaggeration to say Midge became a household name for his incredible charity work with Band Aid and Live Aid. (As a charity single, the Band Aid single is not part of our collection of Midge`s music).