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Chris Rea
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Chris Rea performing in Congress Hall, February 2012
Background information
Birth name Christopher Anton Rea
Born 4 March 1951 (1951-03-04) (age 70)
Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • guitarist
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 1978–present
Labels
  • Magnet
  • East West
  • Edel
  • Warner
  • Rhino
  • Jazzee Blue

Christopher Anton Rea ( REE; born 4 March 1951) is a British rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known 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.

The book Guinness Rockopedia described him as a "gravel-voiced guitar stalwart". 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)".

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

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