Happy Birthday to Chris Rea (born Christopher Anton Rea, 4 March 1951). He is an English singer-songwriter, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing. The British Hit Singles & Albums stated that Rea was "one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s. By 2009, Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Although Rea had limited success in the United States, two of his albums, The Road to Hell and Auberge, topped the UK Albums Chart. The book Guinness Rockopedia described him as a "gravel-voiced guitar stalwart"
Artwork by Raymond Trainer
Watch "Auberge" by Chris Rea