UK rock artist Chris Rea made his breakthrough in 1978 with Fool (If You Think It's Over), which went to number 20 in the USA. Throughout the early 80s, his well-crafted brand of blues-based rock became popular in Europe, and finally made it at home with the acclaimed 1985 set, Shamrock Diaries, which featured the hit Stainsby Girls. After another two well-received albums Rea finally achieved the top spot in the UK with 1989's The Road To Hell, his tenth studio set. The follow-up, Auberge, repeated the achievement with the title song making it into the Top 20 as a single. After the over ambitious film venture, La Passione, Rea returned to more accessible material with The Blue Café in 1998 before suffering a life-threatening bout of pancreatitis. Rea overcame the illness and returned to his earlier blues/rock style with the 11-disc set, Blue Guitars, in 2005.
Influenced By: Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Albert King...