Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure on October 10, 1953 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer and songwriter from Scotland, who had particular success in the 1970s and 1980s. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of his real name, Jim.
Beginning his career with bubblegum pop-rock band Slik, he would go on to play in The Rich Kids and temporarily for Thin Lizzy before replacing John Foxx as singer of electronic new wave band Ultravox in 1979. Shortly afterwards, they had a huge UK hit with “Vienna”, and became one of Britain’s top bands for several years. Also later that year, Ure also formed the band Visage. The following year, Ure and Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott co-wrote Lynott’s biggest solo hit, “Yellow Pearl.” A re-recording of the song done in 1982 was used as the theme for Top of the Pops.
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