LAST ROMANTIC CHRIS DE BURG
For the stunning lyrical repertoire of the Irish singer, Chris de Burgh has long been called the most romantic European performer. His work excites women’s hearts of the whole world with genuine sensuality for decades, and albums are sold in enviable runs. But wherever the singer comes with a recital, the audience invariably asks to perform the long-established legendary song “Lady in Red”. This ballad secured him the title of the latest romance of modern show business. Chris de Bourgu is flattered by the recognition of the audience, because he does not get tired of repeating that he composes music and sings to the delight of his fans.
If Chris de Burgh had not become a singer, his fame would have overtaken him anyway. And all thanks to the ancestors. In the veins of Christopher John Davison (the so-called singer at birth) flows the blood of the Irish who have lived on this earth since the eleventh century. Their surname in Ireland is one of the most common. The craving for frequent relocations led his ancestors to Australia, singer Chris de Burgh, where they were the first free immigrants. Chris de Burgh’s grandfather worked as an engineer during the construction of the Far Eastern Railway, and his father went even further and became a volunteer of the British Royal Navy, after which he turned out to be an agent of British secret intelligence.
Chris de Burgh was born on October 15, 1948 in Buenos Aires, where his father was sent to work as a diplomat. From an early age, the future performer visited different countries on different continents and could also become an employee of an embassy. But music beckoned him more than other occupations. In addition, a guy with a guitar in his hands always had success with girls, even if he simply sat at a party in the corner and played naive sentimental songs.
A sharp turn of Chris de Burg
Presented by a maternal grandfather, a real ancient castle forced the family to finally settle in their homeland. Later, parents started a family business and singer Chris de Burg turned part of the castle into a hotel. Chris brought good grades from school, and his father hoped that the young man would follow in his footsteps, looking after an educational institution for his son.
Chris’s family was far from creative, so his father did not approve of Chris’s aspirations to become a musician, but his mother, on the contrary, was very pleased with this turn of events. Nevertheless, he graduated from the University of Dublin de Burg, he even received more than one job offer, but the musical nature prevailed. After graduation, Chris realized that it was time to do something on his own and not rely on the help of his parents, and music was the only occupation to which he really had a soul. For a creative career, he took as his pseudonym his mother’s maiden name, which he later glorified throughout the world.
It was 1975. Chris began his ascent to fame by participating in the Horsliers group. Over time, the managers of A&M Records noticed a young and promising soloist. Thanks to singer Chris de Burghata, the American record company de Burgh released his debut album, titled Far Beyond These Castle Walls. Unfortunately, the collection was appreciated only in Brazil, where it led the national hit parade. In Britain and America, the album went unnoticed.
After a couple of years, he was already opening concerts of bands known at that time, among which was the group Suertramr. Chris was later invited to work not as a “warm-up”, but as a guest of the concert. The result of this collaboration with the group was De Burg’s new compilation Eastern Wind, in many of the songs of which you could hear John Halliwell’s flawless saxophone solo. One of the spectators after the concert said that he was going to hear the band Suertramr, and that he had already returned home as a real fan of Chris de Burg.
The flowering of Chris de Burgh’s work and its entry into the first line of world rock music stars was to some extent due to the English musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rupert Hein. Such a creative tandem helped Chris’ songs become commercially successful. Singer Chris de Burg Rupert was able to emphasize the talent of the artist and make them attractive to the general public. At that time, music critics began to compare de Burg with the prominent Paul McCartney. Both of them were distinguished by their ability to create both a lyrical ballad and a hit rock composition.
After the release of The Getaway, Chris came to such a success that he could not imagine. His recordings finally conquered the Western European music market, and in 1983 he went on a tour with the Asia band in the United States of America. Endless moves so exhausted the artist that he could not even finish the tour.