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Midge Ure

"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.

Ure began his career with bubblegum pop-rock band Slik. Before Slik became famous they were known as Salvation and were the house band playing mostly covers in Glasgow disco Clouds above Greens Playhouse where all major bands played when they came to the city. Midge played guitar and was known for wearing a top hat onstage. He turned down an offer to be the lead singer of the Sex Pistols. 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 1981 was used as the theme for ''Top of the Pops''.

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