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19/2/81: Midge Ure on the cover of Smash Hits
On 19 February 1981, singer and musician Midge Ure was featured on the front cover of the new fortnightly issue of Smash Hits magazine in the UK. Ure was the lead singer with the group Ultravox who were enjoying success with their latest single Vienna.
Ure had joined the band in 1979 after the previous lead singer and founding member John Foxx had left to pursue a solo career. The new formation's debut album, also entitled Vienna, was released in the summer of 1980. Released as a single in 1981, the title track became a seminal eighties track, also thanks to its groundbreaking promo-video, although it was famously kept of the top of the charts firstly by the recently deceased John Lennon's Woman and then by Joe Dolce's novelty hit Shaddap You Face.