Chris Rea Similar Artists

Mark Knopfler - 100% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1949, Glasgow, Scotland. This homely ex-teacher was UK band Dire Straits main asset through his skill as a composer, a tuneful if detached vocal style - and a terse, resonant fretboard dexterity admired by Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins, both of whom sought his services for studio and concert projects in the 80s. Courted also by movie directors to score incidental mu Read more

Joe Cocker - 99% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. The capricious but brilliant Cocker is felt by many to be the finest white soul singer Britain has yet produced. His rollercoaster career started in 1961 with a little-known local band the Cavaliers, who changed their name to the clumsier Vance Arnold And The Avengers and became known as a warm-up for big names Read more

Chris De Burgh - 84% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Christopher John Davison, 15 October 1948, Argentina. The son of a UK diplomat, De Burgh began writing pop songs while studying at Trinity College in Dublin. After being signed to A&M Records, he was pushed out as support act for Supertramp, when they were enjoying massive success in 1975. His debut Far Beyond These Castle Walls was inspired by his family home in Ireland Read more

Dire Straits - 75% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Few groups can claim to be synonymous with a lifestyle, but Dire Straits are an exception, whether they like it or not. Brothers In Arms, released in 1985, established them as the first real darlings of the compact disc 20-something generation that grew out of the boom years of the 80s. Their accessible, traditional blues-based music made them perfect for the massive, mature, r Read more

Eric Clapton - 68% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Blues Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Patrick Clapp, 30 March 1945, Ripley, Surrey, England. The world’s premier living rock guitarist will be forever grateful to his grandparents, for they gave him his first guitar. The young Eric was raised by his grandparents Rose and Jack Clapp when his natural mother could not face bringing up an illegitimate child at the age of 16. He received a £14 acousti Read more

Gary Moore - 64% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Blues Blues Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This talented, blues-influenced singer and guitarist joined his first major band, Skid Row, when he was 17 years old - initially with Phil Lynott, who left after a few months to form Thin Lizzy. Skid Row continued as a three-piece, with Brendan Shiels (bass) and Noel Bridgeman (drums). They relocated from Be Read more

Smokie - 58% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pop band from Bradford, Yorkshire, England was formed by school friends Chris Norman (25 October 1950, Redcar, Yorkshire, England; vocals), Terry Uttley (guitar), and Alan Silson (bass). The three were previously together in 1966 with a band titled the Elizabethans. Turning professional in 1968, they changed their name to Kindness, performing at holiday camps and ballro Read more

Chris Isaak - 55% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Christopher Joseph Isaak, 26 June 1956, Stockton, California, USA. Isaak is a crooner in the Roy Orbison mould who had been active on the music scene a long time before he broke through in the late 80s. The son of a forklift truck driver, Isaak spent time participating in an exchange programme at university which led him to study in Japan. He also worked as a tour guide for Read more

J.J. Cale - 51% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jean W. Cale, 5 December 1938, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. This mercurial artist was raised in Tulsa and first began performing professionally in the 50s as guitarist in a western swing group. With the advent of rock ‘n’ roll he led his own group, Johnnie Cale And The Valentines, before making an unsuccessful foray into country music. In 1964, Cale settled in Los Read more

Bryan Ferry - 49% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1945, Washington, Co. Durham, England. Ferry began his musical career in local group the Banshees, following which he enrolled at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University where he formed R&B group the Gas Board, whose ranks included Graham Simpson and John Porter. After studying Fine Art under Richard Hamilton, Ferry briefly worked as a pottery teacher before forming Read more

Rod Stewart - 49% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roderick David Stewart, 10 January 1945, Highgate, London, England. The leading UK rock star of the 70s started his career as an apprentice professional with Glasgow Celtic and Brentford F.C. (over the years Stewart has made it known that football is his second love). Following a spell roaming Europe with folk artist Wizz Jones in the early 60s he returned to join Jimmy Powe Read more

Gerry Rafferty - 48% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 April 1947, Paisley, Scotland. The lengthy career of the reclusive Rafferty started as a member of the Humblebums with Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey in 1968. After this unit’s demise through commercial indifference, Transatlantic Records offered him a solo contract. The result was Can I Have My Money Back?, a superb blend of folk and gentle pop music, featuring one o Read more

Robert Plant - 48% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1948, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England. Former accounts clerk Plant’s early career was spent in several Midlands-based R&B bands, including the New Memphis Bluesbreakers and Crawling King Snakes, the latter of which featured drummer and future colleague John Bonham. In 1965, Plant joined John Crutchley, Geoff Thompson and Roger Beamer in Listen, a Mot Read more

Glenn Frey - 47% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1948, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Frey’s early career was forged as singer, guitarist in a number of local attractions, including the Mushrooms and Subterraneans. He appeared on several sessions by the Bob Seger System, singing back-up on ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’, a 1968 hit, before moving to Los Angeles. Here Frey formed Longbranch Pennywhistl Read more

Elton John - 46% match to Chris Rea

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Holiday & Seasonal Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England. At the age of four, the young Dwight started taking piano lessons. This launched a talent that via the Royal Academy Of Music led him to become the most successful rock pianist in the world, one of the richest men in Britain and one of the world’s greatest rock stars. Dwight formed his first band Blueso Read more


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