Kingston Town (song)
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Kingston Town Song
"Kingston Town"
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Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love II
Released19 March 1990 (1990-03-19)
Format7" vinyl single
12" vinyl single
3-inch CD single
5-inch CD single
Cassette single
Kentrick Patrick
UB40 singles chronology
"Homely Girl"
"Kingston Town"
"Wear You to the Ball"

"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 was 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]

Track listing

5" CD

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

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

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

12" vinyl

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


  • "UB40 Official Website discography entry". Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008.

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