The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song)

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"The Lady in Red"
Single by Chris de Burgh
from the album Into the Light
B-side "Borderline"
"The Ecstasy of Flight (I Love the Night)"
Released 20 June 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:17
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chris de Burgh
Producer(s) Paul Hardiman
Chris de Burgh singles chronology
"Fire on the Water"
(1986)
"The Lady in Red"
(1986)
"Fatal Hesitation"
(1986)

"The Lady in Red" is a song by Irish-British artist Chris de Burgh. It was released in June 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light.

Creation[edit]

The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife Diane and was released on the album Into the Light. On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.[2]

Critical reception and impact[edit]

The song was a massive hit across the world, becoming de Burgh's signature song, and is now generally regarded as a standard. It reached the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Flanders region of Belgium, and Norway. It also reached number three in the United States during the spring of 1987. The song also propelled its parent album Into The Light to the number one position in the United Kingdom and other markets, and was generally responsible for introducing de Burgh's music to a mainstream audience.

Music video[edit]

The music video is a studio performance, with animation at the beginning and at the end of the song. It features a curly-haired woman in red who depicts the song's lyrics.

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Ti sento" by Matia Bazar
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (first run)
13 September 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Ti sento" by Matia Bazar
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (second run)
27 September 1986 – 4 October 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
27 September 1986 – 4 October 1986 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Spirit in the Sky" by Doctor & the Medics
Canadian number-one single
25 October 1986 – 1 November 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper
Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
10 July 1986 – 21 August 1986 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Want to Wake Up with You" by Boris Gardiner
UK Singles Chart number-one single
2 August 1986 – 16 August 1986 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie
Norwegian number-one single
1 September 1986 – 29 september 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I've Been Losing You" by a-ha
Preceded by
"Moja Krew" by Republika
Polish number-one single
30 August 1986 – 6 September 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Do Ani" by Kult
Preceded by
"Venus" by Bananarama
South African number-one single
21 November 1986 – 16 January 1987 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles
Preceded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
1986
South African best-selling single of the year
1987
Succeeded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
1988

In other media[edit]

The song appears briefly in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho when Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, is listening to it in his office on his Walkman.[35] It also appears in the 1988 movie, Working Girl.[36] It is also heard in the 2004 comedy film DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story[37]

Just after the song's release, it regularly featured on television and radio in the run-up to the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson, which was held on 23 July 1986. Eight years later, it was chosen as the accompanying song to the clip of the wedding on the BBC's The Rock 'n' Roll Years for the 1986 edition - by which time the couple had separated.[citation needed]

Andy Williams released a version in 2007 on his album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up.[38]

The song is heard in Bates Motel season one finale, "Midnight".

References[edit]

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