In Summary

  • Kingston Town was wrote and recorded in 1970 by Lord Creator
  • Lord Creator who wrote it in 1970 didn’t see a penny from it until UB40 recorded their version 20 years later
  • Kingston Town is among the bands all-time most successful releases

Celebrated Reggae Band UB40 has taken to their social pages sharing interesting insights on their classic hit, Kingston Town.

The band notes that Kingston Town is among their all-time most successful releases.

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Kingston Town Writer
Kentrick Patrick OD/ Lord Creator
(Photo Courtesy)


Lord Creator, a veteran Ska, Rocksteady and Calypso singer, had recorded Kingston Town for producer Clancy Eccles on his Clandisc record label in late 1969.

UB40 says, Lord Creator – didn’t get to see a penny from it, despite it being a very popular song when it was released in 1970.

That is,until they recorded their version nearly 20 years later, and ensured that he, along with every other original reggae artist we covered, got their due share of royalties.

Lord Creator sadly passed away last year.

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UB40’s Timeless Classic

Taking to Instagram, the group shared a classic video performing the song, accompanying the video was a caption giving finer details on their classic hit,

‘’On this day March 1990 was the release of Kingston Town as a single with the original line up of UB40. It become our sixth top-five  hit on the UK singles Chart,peaking at number four for three weeks in April 1990” Partially read the post

The reggae band says royalties paid to Lord Carter enabled the family to clear his medical bills and build a house,

”Kingston Town was wrote and recorded  in 1970 by Lord Creator who paid his medical bills and built a house off the royalties from our version, we shared a beautiful moment with Lord Creator  and his family after being tracked down in Jamaica  after releasing the single” Further read the caption

Formed in Birmingham in December 1978, UB40 had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, the band is considered one of the most decorated and successful Reggae groups ever.


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