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Overview (3)

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Birth NameChristopher John Davidson
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chris De Burgh was born on October 15, 1948 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Christopher John Davidson. He has been married to Diane since November 25, 1978. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Diane (25 November 1978 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Songs with romantic, historical or religious themes.

Trivia (13)

His song "The Lady in Red" spent three weeks at number one on the British singles chart in the summer of 1986 and stayed on the chart for 14 weeks. It was his third British hit single and the first to get into the top 40.
Singer/songwriter.
His daughter Rosanna Davison was crowned Miss World on Dec. 6, 2003. She beat 105 other contestants from around the world.
He and Lebanese pop singer, Elissa, have recorded a duo called "Lebanese Night".
On January 30th 2004, he performed with the students of Star Academy in Beirut, Lebanon.
He is estimated to have sold more than 45 million albums.
His favorite songs are "Long Train Running" by The Doobie Brothers, "Over The Rainbow" by Eva Cassidy, "Mr Tambourine Man" by The Byrds, "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette, "Without You" by Harry Nilsson, "While You See A Chance" by Steve Winwood, "American Tune" by Paul Simon, "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "The Living Years" by Mike + The Mechanics and "Let It Be" by The Beatles. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
(February 2, 2007) Performed live with the candidates of Star Academy 4 in Lebanon.
Educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, England.
Adopted his mother's maiden name - de Burgh - as his professional name.
After his wife was pictured wearing a red dress, people speculated he wrote 'Lady In Red' for his wife. He has always strenuously denied this.
Performed live with the candidates of Star Academy 4 in Lebanon. [February 2007]
At a songwriting awards ceremony in 1992, de Burgh claimed that his song "The Lady in Red" was the most commonly used song to listen to while making love. Phil Collins, also at the ceremony, then asked what people did for the other three minutes.

Personal Quotes (20)

Love songs are the most complex to write because everybody knows about it.
"The Lady in Red" appears to transport people into a different place, to involve people in a dream perhaps.
Please! No more boy bands! I'm sick of them!
[on the first single he bought, "Please Please Me" by The Beatles] What really struck me about the song was the way that McCartney (Paul McCartney) held the high note and John Lennon peeled off it. That was really unusual.
[on the Royal Albert Hall] The most prestigious venue in the world.
I would be very reluctant actually to say that I've written melodies that can stand the test of time like most of The Beatles's songs.
As far as I'm concerned, a strong melody is one that people that you've never met before the other side of the world can repeatedly remember and sing along to.
As a songwriter what I try to do is put across a strong melody. For example, "The Lady in Red", which starts with this movement 'I've never seen you looking so lovely' and then, it's called tension and release, when it gets to the chorus it goes 'Lady in Red' and everything kind of smooths down. And that's what I learned from listening to Lennon and McCartney music.
[on For a Few Dollars More (1965)] Morricone (Ennio Morricone) has written soundtracks for about 400 films but this theme stands out. It starts off with a pocket watch playing a tinkly melody and grows into a massive orchestral piece.
[on "What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers] I love the story in this song. I also admire the writing - the rhythm sounds so complicated, I have no idea how they wrote or recorded it.
[on "Without You" by Harry Nilsson] There's an entire X Factor (The X Factor (2004)) generation that thinks it's good to sob your way through a song. It's absolute crap. Unless you genuinely feel it, it just sounds fabricated. When Nilsson sings this, it has real impact.
[on "Ombra mai fu" by George Frideric Handel] This really is a soaring and majestic piece of music. I'd love to put English words to it and record it one day.
[on "The Living Years" by Mike + The Mechanics] When I first heard this, I had to pull the car over because I was crying so hard. It discusses the difficulties between fathers and sons and I had a very difficult relationship with my father. The words are staggering and the music is beautiful.
I've written a lot of songs, like "Don't Pay the Ferryman", and rock hits like "High on Emotion" was a number one in many countries and that's a good old stonker, but "Lady in Red" just seems to have hit a chord worldwide.
I was brought up in this old castle. Sounds romantic but it was extremely cold.
I learned my trade, my craft, almost at the feet of the Great Masters.
[on his favourite album by The Beatles, "Rubber Soul"] Just looking at the titles, every single track has fantastic melodies: "Drive My Car", "Norwegian Wood", "Michelle" ... just amazing stuff. And the pressure those guys were under; they were coming out with three albums a year. It was almost as if there was a mine with gorgeous melodies and these guys went in first.
[on Peter Gabriel] I've known him for years and I put him very high on my list of people I admire. He's always ploughed his own furrow. I just adore his use of rhythm.
[on "Crime of the Century" by Supertramp] They had a big influence and this is a stunning album. You don't have to be a fan. It's evocative and provoking and it takes me back.
[performing in Europe] There's this song "Borderline", which is about a man going off to war but his girlfriend is from the other country, so he wants to keep it going and start things up again when it's over. It has a line "But these are only boys and I will never know/ how men can see the wisdom in a war", and that always gets a massive cheer.

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