Spotlight Artist: Chris de Burgh

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at

Most of us probably know Chris de Burgh solely for his smash hit “Lady In Red”. This hit the top ten in at least nineteen countries in 1986 and has been a staple of Adult Contemporary radio and ‘Love Song’ compilations ever since. “Don’t Pay The Ferryman” from 1983 saw him make his first foray into the Top 40 in the UK and USA, yet Chris had been plying his trade since he signed his first recording contract in 1974, gaining exposure supporting Supertramp on tour. Intriguingly his 1970s albums were pretty successful in Europe and South America, but he failed to make much progress in the UK and USA. He was actually born in Argentina to a British Dad and Irish Mum, and lived in a variety of countries before settling in Ireland. He is described as an ‘art rocker’ who occasionally writes some pop material. We think you’ll enjoy listening to a selection of his quality music this week, from through his career.

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