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Chris Rea


Christopher Anton Rea (pronounced Ree-ah), born 4 March 1951, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Middlesbrough, England.

Rea's recording career began in 1978. Although he almost immediately had a US hit single with "Fool (If You Think It's Over)", Rea's initial focus was on continental Europe, releasing eight albums in the 1980s. It wasn't until 1985's Shamrock Diaries and the songs "Stainsby Girls" and "Josephine," that UK audiences began to take notice of him. Follow up albums On The Beach and Dancing With Strangers became UK hits and then the New Light Through Old Windows compilation album in 1988 cemented his reputation. His next full album was to be his major breakthrough: The Road to Hell (1989) enjoyed massive success and became his first number one album in the UK. These successes could not be mirrored in the U.S., however, where it failed to chart. The follow-up album, Auberge, also enjoyed massive European success, reaching the top spot in the UK.

After Auberge
After 'Auberge' Chris Rea released 'God's Great Banana Skin' which managed to reach Number 4 in the UK. The album returned Rea to the rockier sound of 'Road To Hell' and the single 'Nothing To Fear' gave him another Top 20 hit. A year later 'Espresso Logic' hit the Top 10 and 'Julia', written about his second daughter, gave him his 11th Top 40. A period of ill health meant his next album did not appear until 1998. Despite no singles being released and little promotion, 'The Blue Cafe' still made the UK Top 10. However it proved to be Rea's last. In 1999, 10 years after 'Road To Hell' Rea released 'Road To Hell' Part 2. Many felt Rea had begun to lose his way, the album received no promotion and as a result never made the Top 40. However it didn't get Rea down and in 2000 he released 'King Of The Beach', receiving critical praise and a healthy Top 30 placing.

In 2000 a remix of Rea's 1986 On The Beach single by York was released and enjoyed moderate dancefloor success.

Fighting cancer and back to the blues
Following a severe bout of cancer, and a predicted 50% chance of survival after an operation, Rea promised himself that if he recovered, he would return to his blues roots. This is what he did in 2002, releasing the album Dancing Down The Stony Road following recording sessions in France and the UK. (An abridged version of the album was later released with the title Stony Road.) The album was followed by a DVD of the same name, comprising a "Making Of" documentary and footage from a concert in Cologne. Rea set up his own JazzeeBlue label in 2003 to free himself from the pressure of record companies and their expectations. Since then he has released the blues albums Blue Street (Five Guitars) (a jazz-blues album, almost fully instrumental), Hofner Blue Notes (fully instrumental) and the The Blue Jukebox (another jazz-blues influenced album released to critical acclaim). He has recently worked with David Knopfler for two albums, Wishbones (2001) and Ship of Dreams (2004). It is also known that it is Chris Rea who clicks his fingers on Queen's track "It's a Kind of Magic". Chris is a supporter of charity organizations and a master painter.

Blue Guitars
Chris Rea released his final box-set album, "Blue Guitars" in 2005. Consisting of 11 CD's and 1 DVD (Dancing Down The Stony Road), the album is Rea's testament to blues. Each album contains specific songs of the blues genre, and all have been newly recorded and released. The box-set includes colourful paintings by Rea. This album closes the final chapter of Chris Rea's solo career and he does not intend to make any further solo records. He has stated that he will continue to make records with some of his favorite players under the name "The Memphis Fireflies". However, the plans had changed, obviously. Anyway, the album sold enough copies to have topped the charts in the single CD category

The Road to Hell and Back
In 2006, Chris Rea embarked on a full Europe and UK tour, after which a CD/DVD "The Road to Hell and Back" was released, the only live album by Chris Rea up to date.

The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes
Seeing that the Blue Guitars ear book sold well enough, Chris Rea released another audio book in 2008, called "The Return of the Fabulous Honfer Blue Notes". The story of a late fifties guitar instrumental band (The Delmonts) that evolved into a 60’s blues band (The Hofner Blue Notes). The musical book comprises 80 pages, vinyl records and three CD’s. Chris believes with a passion that the new download market is opening up a new door for more thoughtful and substantial quality product. If you live and breathe music and not necessarily showbiz, track downloading is simply not enough.

Plans
In some interviews, Chris said that he's working on two brand new audio books, 'On The Beach' (beach culture) and 'The Last Open Road' (street culture), both will be probably released within the next two or three years.

Film
As can be seen at IMDB Rea has also dabbled seriously in film, playing lead in the 1999 comedy "Parting Shots" opposite such notables as John Cleese, Bob Hoskins and Joanna Lumley. Somewhat ironically, Rea plays a man who's told cancer gives him six weeks to live, and decides to kill off the people who've done him wrong in life.



Song lyric Josephine JOSEPHINE Chris Rea
Song lyric Stone STONE Chris Rea
Song lyric Auberge AUBERGE Chris Rea
Song lyric Let's Dance LET'S DANCE Chris Rea
Song lyric I Can Hear Your Heartbeat I CAN HEAR YOUR HEARTBEAT Chris Rea
Song lyric Julia JULIA Chris Rea
Song lyric The Blue Cafe THE BLUE CAFE Chris Rea
Song lyric Stainsby Girls STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
Song lyric You Can Go Your Own Way YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Gone Fishing GONE FISHING Chris Rea
Song lyric All Summer Long ALL SUMMER LONG Chris Rea
Song lyric Winter Song WINTER SONG Chris Rea
Song lyric Texas TEXAS Chris Rea
Song lyric I Just Wanna Be With You I JUST WANNA BE WITH YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric You Must Be Evil YOU MUST BE EVIL Chris Rea
Song lyric God's Great Banana Skin GOD'S GREAT BANANA SKIN Chris Rea
Song lyric Steel River STEEL RIVER Chris Rea
Song lyric That's What They Always Say THAT'S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Daytona DAYTONA Chris Rea
Song lyric Heaven HEAVEN Chris Rea
Song lyric Windy Town WINDY TOWN Chris Rea
Song lyric Sweet Summer Day SWEET SUMMER DAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Candles CANDLES Chris Rea
Song lyric Joys Of Christmas JOYS OF CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
Song lyric It's All Gone IT'S ALL GONE Chris Rea
Song lyric Shamrock Diaries SHAMROCK DIARIES Chris Rea
Song lyric Loving You LOVING YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Ace Of Hearts ACE OF HEARTS Chris Rea
Song lyric And You My Love AND YOU MY LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Anyone Quite Like You ANYONE QUITE LIKE YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric As Long As I Have Your Love AS LONG AS I HAVE YOUR LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Auf Immer Und Ewig AUF IMMER UND EWIG Chris Rea
Song lyric Because Of You BECAUSE OF YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA Chris Rea
Song lyric Black Dog BLACK DOG Chris Rea
Song lyric Bombollini BOMBOLLINI Chris Rea
Song lyric Boom Boom BOOM BOOM Chris Rea
Song lyric Born To Lose BORN TO LOSE Chris Rea
Song lyric Bows And Bangles BOWS AND BANGLES Chris Rea
Song lyric Burning Feet BURNING FEET Chris Rea
Song lyric Can't Get Through CAN'T GET THROUGH Chris Rea
Song lyric Cenotaph - Letter From Amsterdam CENOTAPH - LETTER FROM AMSTERDAM Chris Rea
Song lyric Changing Times CHANGING TIMES Chris Rea
Song lyric Chisel Hill CHISEL HILL Chris Rea
Song lyric Coming Off The Ropes COMING OFF THE ROPES Chris Rea
Song lyric Crack That Mould CRACK THAT MOULD Chris Rea
Song lyric Curse Of The Traveller CURSE OF THE TRAVELLER Chris Rea
Song lyric Dance! DANCE! Chris Rea
Song lyric Dancing Girls DANCING GIRLS Chris Rea
Song lyric Dancing The Blues Away DANCING THE BLUES AWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Dancing With Charlie DANCING WITH CHARLIE Chris Rea
Song lyric Deep Water DEEP WATER Chris Rea
Song lyric Deltics DELTICS Chris Rea
Song lyric Diamonds DIAMONDS Chris Rea
Song lyric Distant Summers DISTANT SUMMERS Chris Rea
Song lyric Do It For Your Love DO IT FOR YOUR LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Do You Still Dream? DO YOU STILL DREAM? Chris Rea
Song lyric Don't Want Your Best Friend DON'T WANT YOUR BEST FRIEND Chris Rea
Song lyric Driving Home For Christmas DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
Song lyric Easy Rider EASY RIDER Chris Rea
Song lyric Espresso Logic ESPRESSO LOGIC Chris Rea
Song lyric Every Beat Of My Heart EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Chris Rea
Song lyric Every Second Counts EVERY SECOND COUNTS Chris Rea
Song lyric Everytime I See You Smile EVERYTIME I SEE YOU SMILE Chris Rea
Song lyric Evil No. 2 EVIL NO. 2 Chris Rea
Song lyric Firefly FIREFLY Chris Rea
Song lyric Fires Of Spring FIRES OF SPRING Chris Rea
Song lyric Fool FOOL Chris Rea
Song lyric Fool (if You Think It's Over) FOOL (IF YOU THINK IT'S OVER) Chris Rea
Song lyric Footprints in the Snow FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW Chris Rea
Song lyric For Ever And Ever FOR EVER AND EVER Chris Rea
Song lyric Freeway FREEWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Give That Girl A Diamond GIVE THAT GIRL A DIAMOND Chris Rea
Song lyric Giverny GIVERNY Chris Rea
Song lyric God Gave Me An Angel GOD GAVE ME AN ANGEL Chris Rea
Song lyric Gonna Buy A Hat GONNA BUY A HAT Chris Rea
Song lyric Good Morning GOOD MORNING Chris Rea
Song lyric Good News GOOD NEWS Chris Rea
Song lyric Goodbye Little Columbus GOODBYE LITTLE COLUMBUS Chris Rea
Song lyric Guitar Street GUITAR STREET Chris Rea
Song lyric Heading For The City HEADING FOR THE CITY Chris Rea
Song lyric Hello Friend HELLO FRIEND Chris Rea
Song lyric Hey You HEY YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Hired Gun HIRED GUN Chris Rea
Song lyric Holding Out HOLDING OUT Chris Rea
Song lyric I Ain't The Fool I AIN'T THE FOOL Chris Rea
Song lyric I Can't Dance To That I CAN'T DANCE TO THAT Chris Rea
Song lyric I Don't Care Anymore I DON'T CARE ANYMORE Chris Rea
Song lyric I Don't Know What It Is But I Love It I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT I LOVE IT Chris Rea
Song lyric I'm In My Car I'M IN MY CAR Chris Rea
Song lyric I'm Ready I'M READY Chris Rea
Song lyric I'm Still Holding On I'M STILL HOLDING ON Chris Rea
Song lyric If You Choose To Go IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO Chris Rea
Song lyric If You Were Me IF YOU WERE ME Chris Rea
Song lyric Johnny Needs A Fast Car JOHNNY NEEDS A FAST CAR Chris Rea
Song lyric Just One Of Those Days JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS Chris Rea
Song lyric Just Passing Through JUST PASSING THROUGH Chris Rea
Song lyric Just Want To Be With You JUST WANT TO BE WITH YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Keep On Dancing KEEP ON DANCING Chris Rea
Song lyric King Of The Beach KING OF THE BEACH Chris Rea
Song lyric La Passione LA PASSIONE Chris Rea
Song lyric Last Open Road LAST OPEN ROAD Chris Rea
Song lyric Let It Loose LET IT LOOSE Chris Rea
Song lyric Light Of Hope LIGHT OF HOPE Chris Rea
Song lyric Little Blonde Plaits LITTLE BLONDE PLAITS Chris Rea
Song lyric Looking For A Rainbow LOOKING FOR A RAINBOW Chris Rea
Song lyric Looking For The Summer LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER Chris Rea
Song lyric Love Turns To Lies LOVE TURNS TO LIES Chris Rea
Song lyric Love's Strange Ways LOVE'S STRANGE WAYS Chris Rea
Song lyric Loving You Again LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
Song lyric Lucky Day LUCKY DAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Marvin MARVIN Chris Rea
Song lyric Midnight Blue MIDNIGHT BLUE Chris Rea
Song lyric Miles Is A Cigarette MILES IS A CIGARETTE Chris Rea
Song lyric Miss Your Kiss MISS YOUR KISS Chris Rea
Song lyric Mississippi MISSISSIPPI Chris Rea
Song lyric Mississippi 2 MISSISSIPPI 2 Chris Rea
Song lyric New Times Square NEW TIMES SQUARE Chris Rea
Song lyric New Way NEW WAY Chris Rea
Song lyric No Qualifications NO QUALIFICATIONS Chris Rea
Song lyric Nothing Left Behind NOTHING LEFT BEHIND Chris Rea
Song lyric Nothing To Fear NOTHING TO FEAR Chris Rea
Song lyric Nothing's Happening By The Sea NOTHING'S HAPPENING BY THE SEA Chris Rea
Song lyric On The Beach ON THE BEACH Chris Rea
Song lyric One Golden Rule ONE GOLDEN RULE Chris Rea
Song lyric One Sweet Tender Touch ONE SWEET TENDER TOUCH Chris Rea
Song lyric Only With You ONLY WITH YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Out Of The Darkness OUT OF THE DARKNESS Chris Rea
Song lyric Que Sera QUE SERA Chris Rea
Song lyric Raincoat And A Rose RAINCOAT AND A ROSE Chris Rea
Song lyric RaincoatAnd A Rose RAINCOATAND A ROSE Chris Rea
Song lyric Reasons REASONS Chris Rea
Song lyric Red RED Chris Rea
Song lyric Red Shoes RED SHOES Chris Rea
Song lyric Road Songs for Lovers ROAD SONGS FOR LOVERS Chris Rea
Song lyric Runaway RUNAWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Sail Away SAIL AWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Sandwriting SANDWRITING Chris Rea
Song lyric Seabird SEABIRD Chris Rea
Song lyric September Blue SEPTEMBER BLUE Chris Rea
Song lyric Set Me Free SET ME FREE Chris Rea
Song lyric Shadows Of The Big Man SHADOWS OF THE BIG MAN Chris Rea
Song lyric She Closed Her Eyes SHE CLOSED HER EYES Chris Rea
Song lyric She Gave It Away SHE GAVE IT AWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Shine Shine Shine SHINE SHINE SHINE Chris Rea
Song lyric Shine, Shine, Shine SHINE, SHINE, SHINE Chris Rea
Song lyric Shirley, Do You Own A Ferrari? SHIRLEY, DO YOU OWN A FERRARI? Chris Rea
Song lyric Since I Don't See You Anymore SINCE I DON'T SEE YOU ANYMORE Chris Rea
Song lyric Since I Found You SINCE I FOUND YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Sing A Song Of Love To Me SING A SONG OF LOVE TO ME Chris Rea
Song lyric Slow Dance SLOW DANCE Chris Rea
Song lyric So Much Love SO MUCH LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Soft Top, Hard Shoulder SOFT TOP, HARD SHOULDER Chris Rea
Song lyric Someday My Peace Will Come SOMEDAY MY PEACE WILL COME Chris Rea
Song lyric Soup Of The Day SOUP OF THE DAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Square Peg, Round Hole SQUARE PEG, ROUND HOLE Chris Rea
Song lyric Standing In Your Doorway STANDING IN YOUR DOORWAY Chris Rea
Song lyric Stick By You STICK BY YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Stick It STICK IT Chris Rea
Song lyric Still Beautiful STILL BEAUTIFUL Chris Rea
Song lyric Stony Road STONY ROAD Chris Rea
Song lyric Stop STOP Chris Rea
Song lyric Summer Love SUMMER LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Sweet Kiss SWEET KISS Chris Rea
Song lyric Tamatave TAMATAVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Tell Me There's A Heaven TELL ME THERE'S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
Song lyric Tennis TENNIS Chris Rea
Song lyric That Girl Of Mine THAT GIRL OF MINE Chris Rea
Song lyric The Bones Of Angels THE BONES OF ANGELS Chris Rea
Song lyric The Closer You Get THE CLOSER YOU GET Chris Rea
Song lyric The Hustler THE HUSTLER Chris Rea
Song lyric The Memory Of A Good Friend THE MEMORY OF A GOOD FRIEND Chris Rea
Song lyric The Mention Of Your Name THE MENTION OF YOUR NAME Chris Rea
Song lyric The Road To Hell THE ROAD TO HELL Chris Rea
Song lyric The Road To Hell (part I) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART I) Chris Rea
Song lyric The Road To Hell (part Ii) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART II) Chris Rea
Song lyric The Things Lovers Should Do THE THINGS LOVERS SHOULD DO Chris Rea
Song lyric The Way You Look Tonight THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Chris Rea
Song lyric There She Goes THERE SHE GOES Chris Rea
Song lyric Thinking Of You THINKING OF YOU Chris Rea
Song lyric Three Angels THREE ANGELS Chris Rea
Song lyric Too Much Pride TOO MUCH PRIDE Chris Rea
Song lyric Touche D'amour TOUCHE D'AMOUR Chris Rea
Song lyric Twisted Wheel TWISTED WHEEL Chris Rea
Song lyric Two Lost Souls TWO LOST SOULS Chris Rea
Song lyric Two Roads TWO ROADS Chris Rea
Song lyric Waiting For A Blue Sky WAITING FOR A BLUE SKY Chris Rea
Song lyric Whatever Happened To Benny Santini? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BENNY SANTINI? Chris Rea
Song lyric When The Good Lord Talked To Jesus WHEN THE GOOD LORD TALKED TO JESUS Chris Rea
Song lyric When You Know Your Love Has Died WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR LOVE HAS DIED Chris Rea
Song lyric Where Do We Go From Here WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE Chris Rea
Song lyric Who Do You Love WHO DO YOU LOVE Chris Rea
Song lyric Winning WINNING Chris Rea
Song lyric Wired To The Moon WIRED TO THE MOON Chris Rea
Song lyric Working On It WORKING ON IT Chris Rea
Song lyric You're Not A Number YOU'RE NOT A NUMBER Chris Rea
Song lyric Your Warm And Tender Love YOUR WARM AND TENDER LOVE Chris Rea