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Rare facts of Chris de Burgh - singer and songwriter.

Below are a collection of rare and uncommon facts taken directly from past CdeB interviews. Some you may already know and hopefully, some may be new to you. In all the many weeks of research needed to find these hidden gems, one thing stands out in my memory, and that is the countless ways that CdeB has constantly benefited many charities throughout his career. Most of these selfless acts are never reported or made common knowledge, but done instead with just the minimum amount of fuss possible. It would take a whole new website just to list them all. Best wishes - STEVE BENNETT.


THE BALLROOM OF ROMANCE: started off as "Dance Hall In Beirut", -but nobody
liked that very much!
Source = The Getaway Gazette Vol 1. No. 6.

THE LADY IN RED started off as ' The Way You Look Tonight' but was changed as
there was another famous song with this title.

Tina Turner spoke and whispered on the track ' The Sound Of A Gun'. How it came
about was that Tina happened to be in the studio and CdeB said to her "We're looking
for a female voice, and yours is nearest to hand - I'd be pleased if you felt like
helping out". Being the nice lady that she is, she agreed.
Source = The Getaway Gazette Vol 1. No. 5.

THE SPIRIT OF MAN: was originally titled 'The Spirit of War'
Source = The Getaway Gazette Vol 1. No. 6

ONE WORD: was re-recorded four times in the studio before CdeB settled on the version we hear today on 'Into The Light'.
Source = The Getaway Gazette Vol 1. No. 6

The first 2 weeks of recording the Into The Light album were a complete waste of time and a very unhappy experience for CdeB.
Source = The Getaway Gazette Vol 1. No. 6

During a CdeB concert in Bilbao 1987 - drummer Jeff Philips fell through the stage and split his left hand finger all the way down to the bone.
Source = The Getaway Gazette May 1987

While touring the U.S.A. during the Crusader days , Chris and the band lived on a bus for 6 to 8 weeks in a go, eventually going crazy with bus fever.
Source = Man On The Line 2002

CdeB's Mum had an Irish wolf hound called 'Crusader'.
Source = The Getaway Gazette Jan 1988

CdeB recorded a version of 'Nights In White Satin' for the' Best Moves' album but it was decided to go with 'Every Drop Of Rain' instead.
Source = The Getaway Gazette Jan 1988

For the first ten years of being in entertainment, CdeB made little or no money whatsoever.
Source = The Getaway Gazette June 1988

The first working title for the 'Flying Colours' album was 'Temptation' which was to be one of the track titles on the record, this song fell by the wayside because as they started assembling the other tracks it became a kind of a least favourite song. The working title then became 'Deep Blue Sky' but that went also as Chris thought there were too many connotations around the word 'blue'- one of them being melancholy.
Source = The Getaway Gazette June 1988/ Sept 1988

During the recording for 'Just A Word Away' on the 'Flying Colours ' album, there was drilling going on nearby in the recording studio. CdeB recorded this track alone around 70 times before walking in one day and did it perfectly first take..
Source = The Getaway Gazette September 1988

CdeB tried to get hold of recording star - Joe Cocker to see if he could come out and record a track with him for the 'Flying Colours' album, but it didn't prove possible.
Source = The Getaway Gazette May 1989

In 1985 at the Festival Gardens concert in Liverpool, CdeB sang the song 'Without You' by Nilsson.
Fancy a quick listen? STREAMING REAL AUDIO CLIP DURATION 1min 10 secs
Source = The Getaway Gazette May 1989

The decision for Rupert Hine to produce the 'Power of Ten' album was taken when CdeB bumped into him in a corridor while at a rehearsal studio in London for the 'Simple Truth' Kurdish show in 1991.
Source = The Getaway Gazette October 1991

At the 1992 performance at Ephesus -Turkey, the equipment was held up by customs and didn't arrive at the arena in the morning as expected, but 6.45pm when the audience was already into the venue.
Source = The Getaway Gazette September 1992

In 1994 CdeB came up with two choices for the title of his new album, one was 'Elevator' the other- 'This Way Up'.
Source = The Getaway Gazette April 1994

The 'Beautiful Dreams' Album was recorded in only eight days in July 1995 at the Whitfield Street and Angel Recording Studios in London.
Source = The Getaway Gazette October 1995

The song 'One More Mile To Go' was originally written in 1982 and played to 'Man On The Line' producer Rupert Hine, he dismissed it as not very good.
Source = The Getaway Gazette October 1995

While CdeB was performing on stage during an open air concert in 1996, a lady at the front had forgotten to take her pills and had an epileptic fit which involved paramedics and guys in orange uniforms rushing around.
Source = The Getaway Gazette October 1996

During the recording of the 'Quiet Revolution' album, Chris de Burgh impersonator -Ian Moor was invited to the recording studio one day and even got to sing on one of the tracks.
Source = The Getaway Gazette February 2000

Around 800 promotional photographs for the release of 'Quiet Revolution' were taken in one of London's oldest surviving houses by photographer Paul Cox. The session took around ten hours to do.
Source = The Getaway Gazette February 2000

The 'Timing Is Everything' album was originally set to contain a track called 'Through These Eyes'.
Source = The Getaway Gazette November 2001

The song ' The Simple Truth' was the first track to be completely produced by CdeB. After getting "slightly hammered" during a meal in a Greek restaurant, CdeB did a vocal guide in the studio for the following days work. The next day he couldn't better it, and so as a result we still have that wonderful recording on the album.
Source = Chris de Burgh The Authorized Biography by Tony Clayton - Lea 1996

For the recording of 'The Head And The Heart' on the 'Man On The Line' album, the piano was played by eighties recording star Howard Jones.
Source = Chris de Burgh The Authorized Biography by Tony Clayton - Lea 1996


This section of is for the fans and fans to be of Chris de Burgh. Check out some of the amazing things to do and see here including:

Chris de Burgh - The Storyman
The Storyman: An in depth look and latest news.

Chris de Burgh - The River Sessions
Revealed - this superb new CD recorded in Glasgow 1981.

New Album by Chris de Burgh
Chris High reviews the new album from Chris de Burgh.

Ferryman Productions
Unofficial information about Ferryman Productions Ltd.

Chris de Burgh rare facts

Rosanna Davison

Biography of Miss Ireland 2003/ Miss World 2003 plus latest information.

The Chris de Burgh Story
A ten minute streaming video presentation - 'The Early Years'.

There's a New Star Up In Heaven Tonight
A tribute to Princess Diana and her connection with Chris de Burgh.

Chris de Burgh on songwriting
Quotes on the songwriting process from Chris de Burgh.

Chris de Burgh Guitar Solos and Riffs
A look at some of the amazing guitar solos in CdeB album tracks.

Chris de Burgh The Simple Truth 1991
An in depth look at The Simple Truth concert of 1991 in aid of Kurdish Refugees including pictures and streaming video.

Chris de Burgh Record Collector
Chris de Burgh has featured twice in Record Collector Magazine.

Mike Doud art for Chris de Burgh
The paintings of Mike Doud for the 1986 Chris de Burgh records.

Bargy Castle - Interactive Tour
An imaginary tour of Bargy Castle by Chris de Burgh himself.

Chris de Burgh - Soundalikes
An in depth look at the Chris de Burgh Soundalike/Tribute acts.

Chris de Burgh - A Child Is Born
This truly amazing 2 minute video shows Chris de Burgh morphing from a baby to the present day - awesome!

Chris de Burgh - This Is Your Life
A Flash presentation adapted from the UK British TV series in 1992.

Chris de Burgh - Memory Games
A Selection of CdeB memory games to test you.

Chris de Burgh - Album Covers Game
How well do you know the CdeB album covers? Why not test yourself here.

Chris de Burgh - Song Title Quiz
Can you work out the clues to discover the correct CdeB song titles?

Chris de Burgh - Picture Puzzles
Rearrange these 5 CdeB single covers online - dynamic puzzles.

Chris de Burgh Java Applet Games
Highly addictive Chris de Burgh Java games - Great Fun!

Chris de Burgh Crossword Puzzles
Either play online or print out to do later, both easy and hard levels.

Chris de Burgh Competition
A Chris de Burgh MP3 music quiz - win a copy of 'Untrained Melodies'.

Chris de Burgh DHTML Zone
Dynamic HTML effects, just a bit of fun with some familiar pictures.

Chris de Burgh - Subliminal
A look at the possibility of reverse lyrics found in Chris de Burgh songs.

Chris de Burgh talks about wine
CdeB talks about his wine collection and what good wine means to him.

Chris de Burgh links
We've scanned the Internet to bring you some of the best CdeB websites.


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