Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof.
James "Midge" Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish singer, musician, songwriter and producer.
His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name.
Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and '80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox.
In 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas? The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history.
Born to a working-class family in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Ure attended Cambuslang Primary School and Rutherglen Academy in Glasgow until he was 15 years old.
For the first 10 years of his life he lived in a one-bedroom tenement flat on the outskirts of Glasgow with his brother, sister and parents.He started playing music in a Glasgow band called Stumble (c.1969 – c.1971).The band's line-up included lead guitarist Alan Wright, Fraser Spiers on harmonica, Kenny Ireland on bass and Alec Baird on drums. The band had been formed in Glasgow in June 1970 by the brothers Kevin (vocals) and Jim Mc Ginlay (bass guitar).Jim Mc Ginlay (born James Mc Ginlay) decided to turn Ure's name backwards to "Mij" (Midge) to avoid any confusion caused by two members of the band having the same first name.The band performed covers as house band in the Glasgow discothèque Clouds, the venue for major bands playing on tour in the city.The band also comprised Billy Mc Isaac on keyboards and Kenny Hyslop on drums.