Classic Hit Academy – Songs You May Not Know Were Cover Tunes – ““Red Red Wine” by UB40

For this 1983 hit UK Reggae Band UB40 set out to record a cover of a 1969 reggae hit by Jamaican artist Tony Tribe.

he band did not realize until after their version topped the charts that Neil Diamond wrote it and originally recorded it.

Lead singer Ali Campbell recalls “The funny thing about the song is we only knew it as a reggae song. We had no idea that Neil Diamond wrote it.”

Apparently even when the band saw the writing credit which said N. Diamond, it was assumed it was a Jamaican artist called Negus Diamond or something

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