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An art rocker who occasionally writes pop-oriented material, Chris de Burgh has never been as popular in his native Britain or the United States as he was in other areas of the world. In America, he's only managed two Top 40 hits -- 1983's "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (number 34) and the number three ballad "The Lady in Red" (1986). In Britain, he's had the same number of Top 40 singles -- "The Lady in Red" was a number one hit and "Missing You" peaked at number three -- yet he's had a number of minor hits. Nevertheless, he has gained an astounding popularity in other countries, particularly Norway and Brazil. De Burgh signed with A&M Records in 1974, and supported Supertramp on their Crime of the Century tour, building himself a small fan base. His debut, 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." 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. 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 devoted following around the world. Throughout the '90s, de Burgh continued to release albums and had a handful of low-charting hits (making his biggest mark with 1997's "So Beautiful" -- which made it to number 29). The '90s also saw the beginning of a live album release frenzy for de Burgh, which continued into the 2000s -- racking up five CDs and five DVDs. With the new millennia came new studio albums as well: 2002's Timing Is Everything; 2004's The Road to Freedom; 2006's The Storyman and 2008's Footsteps (released a year later in the U.S. and the U.K.). He embarked on various tours across Europe during the latter '00s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & J. Scott McClintock
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Albums by
Chris de Burgh

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    The Hands of Man

    14 songs

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    Home

    14 songs

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    Footsteps 2

    24 songs

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    Moonfleet & Other Stories

    15 songs

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    The River Sessions

    18 songs

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    Footsteps (Special Edition)

    12 songs

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    The Storyman

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chris de Burgh

    11 songs

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    The Road to Freedom

    12 songs

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    The Getaway

    13 songs

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    Flying Colours

    12 songs

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    Into the Light

    15 songs

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    Footsteps

    1 song

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    The Words 'I Love You'

    1 song

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    Go Where Your Heart Believes

    33 songs

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    Live in Dortmund

    14 songs

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    Home_changed

    15 songs

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    Footsteps_changed

    11 songs

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    Timing Is Everything

    15 songs

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    The Hands of Man

    3 songs

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    Five Past Dreams

    3 songs

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    Read My Name

    3 songs

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    Words "I Love You"

    23 songs

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    Storyman [Bonus Tracks]

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Top Songs by
Chris de Burgh

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  2.   The Lady in Red
  3.   Spanish Train
  4.   Snow Is Falling
  5.   Songbird
  6.   SOS
  7.   Lebanese Night
  8.   Raging Storm
  9.   Patricia the Stripper
  10.   Let It Be
  11.   Sealed with a Kiss
  12.   First Steps
  13.   I'm Counting on You
  14.   Don't Pay the Ferryman
  15.   Missing You
  16.   She Means Everything to Me
  17.   A Celebration
  18.   Much More Than This
  19.   Making the Perfect Man
  20.   Eastern Wind
  21.   Moonfleet Bay
  22.   The Road to Freedom
  23.   A Spaceman Came Travelling
  24.   The Ghost of Old King Richard
  25.   One More Goodbye
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Chris de Burgh

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    Clear The Room

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    '80s Hits

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Nothing But Love Songs


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