Chris Rea
    At TrueColorsRadio sings:Total Likes Total Dislikes
    1. Giverny1570Gritsouk
    2. Fool (If You Think It`s Over)1520
    3. Sweet Summer Day1461
    4. Josephine1442
    5. The Blue Cafe1362AVG
    6. On The Beach1260
    7. And You My Love1250
    8. Looking For The Summer1221
    9. All Summer Long1061
    10. I Just Wanna Be With You1041
    11. The Road To Hell1023AVG
    12. Candles961
    13. Texas764AVG
    14. Loving You736AVG
    15. I Can Hear Your Heartbeat710
    16. Windy Town592Gritsouk
    17. Driving Home For Christmas530
    18. Let's Dance215ColorkoVA
    Artist of a day - Chris Rea

    Original name
    Christopher Anton Rea
    Date of birth
    04.03.1951 (65)
    Place of birth
    Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
    Total songs: 18
    Likes: 1869
    Dislikes: 29
    Awards

    Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

    His 1978 hit song "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" charted #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard adult contemporary chart.

    2 of his albums topped the UK Albums Chart.


    Chris Rea is an English singer-songwriter, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing. He is the son of ice cream producer Camillo Rea who together with his brother Gaetano owned an ice cream factory and ran 21 cafés. After leaving school Rea worked in casual labouring jobs, including working in his father's ice cream business. It was at the comparatively late age of 22 that Rea bought his first guitar and began his musical career. A natural left-hander, Rea nevertheless learned to play the guitar right-handed.
    Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? was Rea's debut album. It was released in June 1978. The title of the album was a reference to "Benjamin Santini", the stage name that Rea's record label suggested he should adopt. The first single taken from the album, "Fool (If You Think It's Over)", was Rea's biggest hit in the US and it was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy, losing out to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are".
    By 1983 Rea's record company had become so uninterested in him that they released the raw demo tapes as his fifth studio album. The album "Water Sign" (likely a nod to Rea's Pisces star sign) became a surprise hit in Ireland and mainland Europe, selling over half a million in just a few months and the single "I Can Hear Your Heartbeat" taken from it entered the top 20 across Europe. His major breakthrough album The Road to Hell (1989) enjoyed massive success and became his first #1 album in the UK.

    In 2001, Rea underwent a Whipple procedure, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Having promised himself that if he recovered, he would be returning to his blues roots, the resulting Blue Guitars eleven CD collection of 137 blues-inspired tracks recorded in eighteen months, complete with his own paintings as album covers, is seen by himself as his finest work to date. In an interview with The Britsound Radio Show, Rea revealed that "it's not until you become seriously ill and you nearly die and you're at home for six months, that you suddenly stop to realise that this isn't the way I intended it to be in the beginning. Everything that you've done falls away and start wondering why you went through all that rock business stuff."

    The British Hit Singles & Albums stated that Rea was "one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s.
    Rea is a huge fan of motor racing and races a Ferrari Dino and a 1955 Lotus 6. He recorded a song, "Saudade," in tribute to three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna.
    Chris says: "Im on the go from 7am every day, just as soon as coffee gets into my veins, and I dont stop until I collapse into bed. I spend as much time as I can in my garden, and if Im not writing songs or gardening, Im painting. My wife Joan taught me; she studied at Goldsmiths. I took it up to keep me occupied while I recovered from pancreatitis ten years ago. Sometimes I explore Monets style, other times Ill include guitars or Ferraris."

    Rea speaks about his guitars: "These two guitars are very special to me. The wooden Dobro came from a specialist music shop in Clarkston, Mississippi, 20 years ago and its unlikely youd find many like it now. Its particularly good for blues music and Ive written most of my songs on it. The other is a Yamaha electric classical guitar. Its terrific because you dont have to tune it. I used it a great deal on my latest album, Santo Spirito."

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