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Chris De Burgh: About

Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John de Burgh Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter.

Chris de Burgh was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Charles Davison, a British diplomat, and Maeve Emily de Burgh, an Irish secretary. His father's career moved the family to numerous places around the globe such as Malta, Nigeria, and Zaire. At the age of twelve, the family returned home to live in Tomhaggard in County Wexford, Ireland, where his father bought the twelfth century Bargy Castle and converted it into a hotel.

Privately educated at the English public school, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, de Burgh went on to graduate at Trinity College, Dublin. As a performer, he adopted his mother's maiden name as his stage name. The de Burgh family can trace their roots to King Richard the Lionheart. 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 de Burgh.

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 color red. De Burgh was honored 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, Chris said that the song was inspired by the memory of meeting his wife Diane, and how men so often can't even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met. His own website's FAQ puts it this way:

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.

His other notable songs include "Patricia the Stripper", "Spanish Train", "A Spaceman Came Travelling", "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (with its background quote from The Tempest), "Missing You", "Borderline", "Say Goodbye To It All" and "The Snows of New York". 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.

De Burgh is often the subject of ridicule 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 Danger", 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. He was also on the "scale of Evil" (along with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and others) in Bailey's stage show Part Troll.  


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