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, a medieval castle that his father had turned into a hotel. The album had strong shades of the cosmic progressive rock period Moody Blues, although De Burghs tales of historical fantasy were deemed a little fey by the critics. A single, Flying, taken from the album, failed to sell in the UK, but became a number 1 hit in Brazil. His follow-up Spanish Train & Other Stories also failed to sell, but one track, the hauntingly catchy A Spaceman Came Travelling, was picked up by British disc jockeys and became a perennial Christmas radio hit.
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