80s Song of the Day: Red Red Wine by UB40

Red, red wine, stay close to me
Don’t let me be alone
It’s tearing apart my blue heart

red red wine

Red Red Wine by UB40 was released August 20, 1983, with Sufferin’ as the B side. It was a single from the band’s cover versions album, Labour of Love. The song was written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond; however, according to UB40, they were only familiar with Tony Tribe’s version of the song.

The song reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 34 in the United States. It was re-released in the United States in 1988 and that time, it climbed all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watch the music video for the song.

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