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Chris de Burgh

Background information
Birth name Christopher James Davidson
Born October 15, 1948 (1948-10-15) (age 59), Argentina
Origin Irish Flag of Ireland
Genre(s) Pop rock, Progressive Rock, Adult Contemporary, Art Rock, Soft Rock, Euro-Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 1974-Present
Label(s) A&M Records (1974-2004)
Ferryman Productions (2004-Present)
Edel Records
Website [1]

Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter. A rocker[citation needed] who occasionally writes pop-oriented material, Chris de Burgh had huge success in Britain and the United States with the 1986 hit "The Lady in Red". He has also gained popularity in other countries, particularly Germany, Norway, Iran, the middle east, and Brazil. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Art rock is a term used to describe a subgenre of rock music with experimental or avant-garde influences that emphasizes novel sonic texture. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter. ... Edel Music was founded in 1986 in Germany as a mail order record company selling mostly soundtracks. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see The Lady in Red. ...

Contents

Early life

Chris de Burgh was born in Pergamino, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina to Colonel Charles Davison, a British diplomat, and Maeve Emily de Burgh, an Irish secretary. His father, Charles Davison, had substantial farming interests, and he spent much of his early years in Malta, Nigeria and Zaire, as he, his mother and brother accompanied Colonel Davison on his Diplomatic and Engineering work. The Davisons finally settled in Bargy Castle, a twelfth-century castle in Ireland bought by his maternal grandfather, General Sir Eric de Burgh K.C.B., D.S.O., O.B.E. - a former Chief of the General staff, Indian Army, and from a distinguished Irish/Norman family. The de Burgh family claim to have traced their roots to King Richard the Lionheart[citation needed]. The castle was converted into a hotel where Chris gained a lot of early experience performing to the guests and he later assumed de Burgh as his stage name. Being educated at the Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, de Burgh went on to graduate from Trinity College, Dublin with a Master of Arts degree in French, English and History. As a performer, he adopted his mother's maiden name as his stage name. Chris is currently in talks with phone manufacturer Nokia to design his own 3G mobile phone, and likes to relax by re-tuning old fin-de-siècle pianofortes. Pergamino is a city in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. ... The Buenos Aires province (IPA: , Spanish: Provincia de Buenos Aires) is the wealthiest and most populated province of Argentina. ... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... DSO may stand for: Distinguished Service Order Dallas Symphony Orchestra Darkstar Orchestra Deep sky object Defense Science Organization Defense Spectrum Office (US DoD) Detroit Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation (dso. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England and ruler of the Angevin Empire from 6 July 1189 until his death. ... Marlborough College is a British independent boarding school in the county of Wiltshire. ... For other institutions named Trinity College, see Trinity College. ... A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, musicians, djs, clowns, and professional wrestlers. ... This article is about the telecommunications corporation. ... 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, after 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, IMT-2000. 3G technologies enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving...


Performing career

Chris de Burgh signed his first contract with A&M Records in 1974, and supported Supertramp on their Crime of the Century tour, building himself a small fan base. His début, Far Beyond These Castle Walls, was a folk-tinged stab at fantasy in the tradition of the Moody Blues that failed to chart upon its release in February of 1975. That July, he released a single from the album called "Flying". It didn't make an impression in the U.K., but it stayed on top of the Brazilian charts for 17 weeks. This became a familiar pattern for the singer/songwriter, as every one of his '70s albums failed to chart in the U.K. or U.S. while they racked up big sales in European and South American countries. In 1981, he had his first U.K. chart entry with Best Moves, a collection culled from his early albums. It set the stage for 1982's Rupert Hine-produced The Getaway, which reached number 30 on the U.K. charts and number 43 in the U.S., thanks to the eerie single "Don't Pay the Ferryman". Chris de Burgh's follow-up album, Man on the Line, also performed well, charting at 69 in the U.S. and 11 in the U.K.
Chris de Burgh had an across-the-board success with the languid ballad "The Lady in Red" in late 1986; the single became a number one hit in England (number three in America) and its accompanying album, Into the Light, reached number two in the U.K. (number 25 in the U.S.). That Christmas season, a re-release of de Burgh's 1976 holiday song "A Spaceman Came Travelling" became a Top 40 hit in the U.K. "Flying Colours", his follow-up to "Into the Light", entered the British charts at number one upon its 1988 release, yet it failed to make the American charts. de Burgh never hit the U.S. charts again and his commercial fortunes began to slide slightly in Britain in the early '90s, yet he retained a following around the world. This is mainly due to inactivity of his previous recording label A&M Records in U.S.[citation needed] A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... This article is about the band. ... This article concerns the process of flying. ... Dont Pay the Ferryman is a well-known song by Chris DeBurgh. ... The Ecstacy of Flight Sight and Touch Taking it to the Top The Head and the Heart The Sound of a Gun High on Emotion Much More Than This Man on the Line Moonlight and Vodka Transmission Ends Categories: | | ... The Lady in Red is a song by Chris De Burgh. ... Into the Light is singer Chris de Burghs 8th original album, released by A&M Records in 1986. ... Into the Light is singer Chris de Burghs 8th original album, released by A&M Records in 1986. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ...

Chris performing at Self Aid with Moya Brennan, Bono, and Bob Geldof, Dublin, 1986.

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Famous songs

Chris De Burgh's most famous song is "The Lady in Red" from the 1986 album Into the Light. That album also included the song "For Rosanna", written to celebrate the 1984 birth of his daughter Rosanna Davison, who would later go on to win the 'Miss World' title in 2003. He also has two sons named Hubie and Michael by his wife Diane. For other uses, see The Lady in Red. ... Into the Light is singer Chris de Burghs 8th original album, released by A&M Records in 1986. ... Rosanna Diane Davison, born April 17, 1984, was Miss World 2003, from the Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about the pageant. ...


In a recent interview, de Burgh revealed how the late Princess Diana came to see him perform at a private concert; and how after the performance, Diana approached him backstage to thank him for writing the song "The Lady in Red". Apparently, Diana was under the impression that the song was written for (or dedicated to) her, since she was known for loving to wear the colour red. De Burgh was honoured for the compliment and admiration, but he revealed to her the real story behind the song. Speaking on the BBC series This Is Your Life in the 1990s, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of meeting his wife Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met. His own website's FAQ puts it this way: Princess Diana redirects here. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ...

"Q. Is the song "The Lady In Red" written about Diane, Chris' wife?
"A. There are a lot of different answers to this that Chris has apparently been heard to say. However, the real answer is that this song was inspired by a moment when Chris saw Diane across a crowded nightclub, without at first realising it was her. As a result he realised that often people never quite appreciate that the most important person in their lives is taken for granted, and how after a while you fail to notice the things that brought you together. This was the basis of the song but it wasn't written either for or about Diane."

Other notable songs include funny-spirited "Patricia the Stripper", the mythological "Spanish Train", and the hopeful narrative "A Spaceman Came Travelling", some of his songs deal with death "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (with its background quote from The Tempest), whereas others like "Missing You" plainly deal with romance, "Borderline" and "Say Goodbye To It All" deal with themes of war, and its futility. The latter is based loosely on Hemingway's novel A Farewell To Arms. In 2001 he travelled to Germany and recorded "Separate Tables" in a new duet version with Vicky Leandros. His songs have appeared in films as diverse as Arthur 2, American Psycho and Dodgeball and his records have reported sales of more than forty million units internationally. For the album Timing is Everything, Chris de Burgh teamed up with Lebanese singer Elissa for the recording of his single "Lebanese Night", which became a big hit in Lebanon. His latest CD release The Storyman contains the title track "The Storyman" which — in its lyrics — lists 30 of his most famous tracks. In recent years it emerged that Northern Irish poet Christopher Petticrew was named after the Irish performer, as his young mothers favourite song at the time of his birth was the hit "Lady in Red." Petticrew would later acknowledge this in his first publication with the poem "Two Christophers" and then later with "I'm the Lady in Red" Dont Pay the Ferryman is a well-known song by Chris DeBurgh. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vicky Leandros (born August 23, 1952 or 1948) is a Greek singer with a long international career. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Thurber and available on DVD or VHS December 2004. ... This article is about the Lebanese singer. ...


Charity works

Throughout his long career, Chris de Burgh has displayed an interest in not only local charities but also world-wide issues; for example, his involvement in “The Simple Truth” campaign helped to raise millions in aid for Kurdish refugees in 1991. Also in 2001, he performed in a charity concert for the victims of the New Year's Eve disaster of January 1, 2001 in Volendam, Netherland. In 2006, de Burgh performed in Berlin as part of the series of Live8 concerts. He's also been involved in numerous British and Irish charities, predominantly focusing on the well-being of children. Volendam (on the coast) and Edam (at the back) Volendam is a town in North Holland in the Netherlands, in the municipality of Edam-Volendam. ... The Live 8 poster Live 8 is a series of near free concerts planned for July, 2005 in the G8 nations. ...


Ambassador for the IIMSAM

In January 2007, Chris de Burgh was appointed an Ambassador[1] for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, IIMSAM, in support of the UN MDGs. IIMSAM works to promote the use of micro-algae Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis) to counter malnutrition and its severe negative impacts especially in the Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDC). Spirulina may refer to: Spirulina (dietary supplement), a popular health-food supplement made from the Arthrospira genus of cyanobacteria. ... Percentage of population affected by malnutrition by country, according to United Nations statistics. ...


Chris de Burgh will also promote "The Right to Food Campaign Initiative Against Malnutrition Worldwide" that aims to make micro-alage Spirulina a key-driver to achieve food security and bridge the health divide globally. Spirulina is the most digestible protein food, especially important for malnourished people. Clinical studies have shown it helps rebuild healthy intestinal flora. IIMSAM has an Observer Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in keeping with ECOSOC Resolution No. E/2003/212,dated 5th of March 2003. IIMSAM aims to provide relief to the emergency victims of calamities through the use of food micro-algae Spirilina as an alternative low cost protein source to rehabilitate severely malnourished victims. Spirulina may refer to: Spirulina (dietary supplement), a popular health-food supplement made from the Arthrospira genus of cyanobacteria. ... Spirulina may refer to: Spirulina (dietary supplement), a popular health-food supplement made from the Arthrospira genus of cyanobacteria. ... The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development. ...


Efforts as Ambassador

Being the Ambassador for the IIMSAM, Chris de Burgh has pursued many efforts to accomplish his mission. He has released a limited edition box set, "Much More Than This", which includes four CDs, one of which features early Chris de Burgh demos, first mixes and otherwise unheard and unavailable material. Profits from sales of the box set will be donated to the IIMSAM Fund. Also, £1 from every purchase of any single item, exceeding £10, from his official record store and merchandise site is donated to the IIMSAM Fund. Also, he scheduled a Gala Concert on the 13th of October 2007 where benefits were to be donated to the IIMSAM Fund, but the concert got cancelled due to re-organization within IIMSAM department.


Critical responses

His musical style, as well as his lyrics - which are full of sometimes saccharine romantic imagery - have often made him the subject of mockery by, amongst others, the comedian Bill Bailey, who refers to him as "the monobrowed purveyor of ultimate filth", lampooning his style in the song "Beautiful Ladies in Emergency Situations" (in which he describes saving all the beautiful women of the world from some unknown peril, then psychopathically slaughtering all the women he considers ugly), and a de Burgh-style version of "The Combine Harvester" by The Wurzels. "Lady in Red" is parodied with a hillbilly version ("Cousin In Red"), and West Country and Cockney versions. In Bailey's 'Scale of Evil' sketch, a picture of de Burgh was used to show him as the ultimate evil, and made a sarcastic implication that he was Osama Bin Laden in disguise. For other uses, see Bill Bailey (disambiguation). ... The Wurzels perform at the University of Bath summer ball 2007. ... Hillbilly is a term, often considered pejorative but sometimes endearing, referring to people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas. ... The West Country is an informal term for the area of south-western England roughly corresponding to the modern South West England government region. ... St Mary-le-Bow The term cockney is often used to refer to working-class people of London, particularly east London, and the slang used by these people. ... Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: ‎; born March 10, 1957[1]), most often mentioned as Osama bin Laden or Usama bin Laden, is a Saudi Arabian militant Islamist and is widely believed to be one of the founders of the organization called al-Qaeda. ...


Mark Lamarr has also been known to slate de Burgh - on one episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks a clip was shown of a de Burgh video, to which Lamarr responded by blindfolding himself and shouting "Die!" until the end of the clip. Mark Lamarr (born Mark Jones on January 7, 1967 in Swindon, Wiltshire) is an English comedian and a presenter on radio and television. ... NMTB directs here. ...


Discography

Albums and compilations

Chris de Burgh was signed to A&M Records for many years (1974-2004), but he now has his own label, Ferryman Productions. His recent albums are released by German label, Edel Records. A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter. ... Edel Music was founded in 1986 in Germany as a mail order record company selling mostly soundtracks. ...

  1. Far Beyond These Castle Walls, 1974
  2. Spanish Train and Other Stories, 1975 (#78 in 1985)
  3. At the End of a Perfect Day, 1977
  4. Crusader, 1979 (#72 in 1986)
  5. Eastern Wind, 1980
  6. Best Moves, 1981 (#65)
  7. The Getaway, 1982 (#30)
  8. Man on the Line, 1984 (#11)
  9. The Very Best of Chris de Burgh, 1984, (#6)
  10. Into the Light, 1986 (#2)
  11. Flying Colours, 1988 (#1)
  12. Spark to a Flame: The Very Best of Chris de Burgh, 1989 (#4)
  13. High on Emotion: Live from Dublin, 1990 (#15)
  14. Power of Ten, 1992 (#3)
  15. This Way Up, 1994 (#5)
  16. Beautiful Dreams, 1995 (#33)
  17. Live in South Africa, 1997
  18. The Love Songs, 1997 (#8)
  19. Quiet Revolution, 1999 (#23)
  20. The Ultimate Collection - Notes from Planet Earth, 2001 (#19)
  21. Timing Is Everything, 2002 (#41)
  22. The Road To Freedom, 2004
  23. Live In Dortmund, 2005
  24. The Ultimate Collection, 2005
  25. The Storyman, 2006
  26. Gold, 2007

Spanish Train and Other Stories is the second album by Chris de Burgh, released by A&M Records in 1975. ... The Getaway is singer Chris de Burghs 6th original album, released on A&M Records in 1982. ... Into the Light is singer Chris de Burghs 8th original album, released by A&M Records in 1986. ...

Videos and DVDs

  1. Chris de Burgh - The Video, 1983 (Video)
  2. The Munich Concert, 1985 (Video)
  3. High On Emotion - Live From Dublin, 1990 (Video)
  4. Beautiful Dreams, 1995 (Video and DVD)
  5. Benefit for Volendam, 2001 (Video and DVD)
  6. The Road To Freedom - Live in Concert (DVD)

UK Top 100 Singles

  • Don't Pay the Ferryman (1982 - #48)
  • High On Emotion (1984 - #44)
  • Ecstasy Of Flight (I Love The Night) (1984 - #80)
  • Fire On The Water (1986 - #88)
  • The Lady in Red (1986 - #1)
  • Fatal Hesitation (1986 - #44)
  • A Spaceman Came Travelling/The Ballroom Of Romance (1986 - #40)
  • The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born) (1987 - #55)
  • Missing You (1988 - #3)
  • Tender Hands (1988 - #43)
  • Sailing Away (1989 - #78)
  • This Waiting Heart (1989 - #59)
  • Diamond In The Dark (1989 - #95)
  • Don't Pay The Ferryman (live) (1990 - #84)
  • The Simple Truth (1991) (1991 - #36)
  • Separate Tables (1992 - #30)
  • Blonde Hair Blue Jeans (1994 - #51)
  • The Snows Of New York (1995 - #60)
  • So Beautiful (1997 - #29)
  • When I Think Of You (1999 - #59)

Dont Pay the Ferryman is a well-known song by Chris DeBurgh. ... The Lady in Red is a song by Chris De Burgh. ...

Band Line-Up

  • 1977-1978 - Jeff Philips, Glenn Morrow, Ken Allardyce, Colin Vallance (joined in 1978)
  • 1979-1982 - Tim Wynveen, Jeff Philips, Glenn Morrow, Al Marnie, Ian Kojima
  • 1983-1994 - Danny McBride, Jeff Philips, Glenn Morrow, Al Marnie, Ian Kojima
  • 1997-2001 ("Love Songs" and "Quiet Revolution" Tour) - Neil Taylor, Peter Oxendale, Tony Kiley, Dave Levy, Al Vosper
  • 2002-2004 ("Timing Is Everything" Tour) - Gary Sanctuary, Tim Cansfield, Dave Levy, Tony Kiley, Al Vosper
  • 2006-Present ("The Storyman" Tour) - Ebbe Ravn, Al Vosper, Dave Levy, Tony Kiley, Nigel Hopkins

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References

  1. ^ http://www.pomun.org/goodwill_ambassadors.htm

External links

  • CdeB.com, official Web site
  • CdeB.net, official record store and merchandise site
  • Chrisdeburgh.net, Multi-Language Chris de Burgh Website
  • BBC News - Faces of the Week, spotlights Chris de Burgh's purported healing ability and background
  • Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM)

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