Chris Rea

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Chris Rea
Chris Rea performing in Congress Hall, February 2012
Chris Rea performing in Congress Hall, February 2012
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Anton Rea
Born (1951-03-04) 4 March 1951 (age 72)
Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • guitarist
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active1978–present

Christopher Anton Rea (/ˈrə/ REE; born 4 March 1951)[1] is a British rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known in the United States for the 1978 hit song "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" that reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. This success earned him a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist in 1979.[2]

The book Guinness Rockopedia described him as a "gravel-voiced guitar stalwart".[3] The British Hit Singles & Albums stated that Rea was "one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s. He was already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 18th chart entry; "The Road to Hell (Part 2)".[4]

In 2000, Rea was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[5][6] Since his cancer diagnosis, he underwent multiple surgeries and was diagnosed with diabetes.[7] In 2016, he suffered a stroke, which left him slurred speech and impaired movements.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 800–801. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. "Bee Gees Head Lists For 6 Grammy Awards". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. The News-Journal Corporation. 9 January 1979. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. pp. 354–355. ISBN 0-85112-072-5.
  4. Roberts, David (2005). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 60. ISBN 1-904994-00-8.
  5. "Chris Rea operato d' urgenza: tolto il pancreas". Corriere della Sera (in Italian): 34. 4 August 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  6. "Chris Rea plays North East gigs". BBC News. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  7. Gavin Martin (2 October 2009). "Chris Rea's fighting fit and raring to go". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  8. "Chris Rea on his fight with pancreatic cancer: I'm never going to be what I used to be". Daily Express. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.

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