Kingston Town (song)

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"Kingston Town" is usually believed to be the name of the song Jamaica Farewell by Lord Burgess and made famous by Harry Belafonte
"Kingston Town"
Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love II
B-side "Lickwood"
Released March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19)
Format 7" vinyl single
12" vinyl single
3-inch CD single
5-inch CD single
Cassette single
Genre Reggae
Length 3:52
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Kentrick Patrick
Producer(s) UB40
Certification Gold SNEP, 1990
UB40 singles chronology
"Homely Girl"
(1989)
"Kingston Town"
(1990)
"Wear You to the Ball"
(1990)

"Kingston Town" is a 1970 song by Lord Creator. It was recorded in 1989 by reggae group UB40 and was the second single from their album Labour of Love II, reaching #4 on the UK singles chart.

In June 2007, the copyright holders of the song, Sparta Florida Music Group, started legal action against Paris Hilton and Warner Chappell Music for plagiarism due to alleged similarities between "Kingston Town" and Hilton's song "Stars Are Blind". It had been wrongly stated that UB40 was the suing party, which the band later confirmed as being incorrect on their website.[1]

In France, the cover by UB40 peaked at #1 for three weeks from October 20 to November 3, 1990. It remained on the chart for 25 weeks, and was certified Gold disc by SNEP in 1991. Infodisc Website estimates it is the 426th best selling single of all time in France with 581,000 copies sold.[2]

The song was also covered by Jamaican group The Mighty Red.

Track listing[edit]

5" CD[edit]

Virgin / DEPX 35

  1. "Kingston Town" (7" Version) – 3:52
  2. "Lickwood" – 5:04
  3. "Kingston Town" (Extended Mix) – 5:16

7" vinyl, 3" CD and Cassette[edit]

Virgin / DEP 35 (7"), DEPX 35 (CDS), DEP C35 (CS)

  1. "Kingston Town" – 3:52
  2. "Lickwood" – 5:04

12" vinyl[edit]

Virgin / DEP 35-12

  1. "Kingston Town" (Extended Mix) – 5:16
  2. "Lickwood" – 5:04
  3. "Kingston Town" (7" Version) – 3:52

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"The Power" by Snap!
Dutch Top 40 number one single
May 12, 1990 (1990-05-12) – May 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)
Succeeded by
"Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
"À toutes les filles..." by Félix Gray and Didier Barbelivien
French (SNEP) number one single
October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20) – November 3, 1990 (1990-11-03)
Succeeded by
"Une femme avec une femme" by Mecano

References[edit]