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Chris de Burgh

This very talented singer and songwriter was born in Argentina but also has British and Irish roots. Chris de Burgh is best known for his 1986 love song “The Lady in Red”. This song reached number one in many different countries and is still played on the radio today.

He came out with his debut album in 1975 Far Beyond These Castle Walls however it didn’t have the expected impact. He then released a single “Turning Round” from this album which was titled Flying outside of the U.K. and Ireland. The song stayed on the Brazilian charts for 17 weeks.

One of the albums which I love the best from Chris de Burgh came out in 1975 and is called The Spanish Train and Other Stories. It includes wonderful ballads like “Lonely Sky”, “This Song for You” and “I’m Going Home”. All of the songs on this album were written by him.

For Chris de Burgh it was frustrating because so far he wasn’t making an impact in the U.K. or the U.S. but his albums were a big hit in continental Europe and South America. In 1982 he finally got recognition in the U.K. and the U.S. with his single “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” and the follow-up album Man on the Line.

Then in 1986, Chris de Burgh had great success with “The Lady in Red” which rose to number one on the U.K. charts. The album which included this song Into the Light did well also. That year he also released a Christmas song “A Spaceman Came Travelling” which became a hit in the U.K. and the album Flying Colors.  In the 1990s he was becoming a has been.

In 1997 he composed a song “There’s a New Star Up in Heaven” which he dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales. The song was included in the compilations The Ultimate Collection in 2000 and Now and Then in 2009. At the age of 70, he continues to perform and tour in Europe.


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