The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song)

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"The Lady in Red"
Chris De Burgh The Lady in Red single cover.jpg
Single by Chris de Burgh
from the album Into the Light
B-side
  • "Borderline"
  • "The Ecstasy of Flight (I Love the Night)"
Released20 June 1986
Format
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length4:17
LabelA&M
Songwriter(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 British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh. It was released in June 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh's music to a mainstream audience worldwide.

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, quickly becoming de Burgh's best-selling single and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries. It reached the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Norway and the Flanders region of Belgium. 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 two position in the United Kingdom and success in other markets. The song was de Burgh's third UK hit single and the first to reach the top 40.[3]

The song tends to divide public opinion and it was voted the tenth most annoying song of all time in a poll commissioned by Dotmusic in 2000. It was one of only two singles in the top ten which were not novelty songs.[4] It was also voted the third worst song of the 1980s by readers of Rolling Stone.[5] It was chosen as the sixth worst love song of all time by Gigwise, who said "it is destined to grate on you at weddings forever more".[6] In a 2001 poll of more than 50,000 Channel 4 viewers and readers of The Observer, the song was voted the fourth most hated UK number-one single.[7]

Neil Norman of The Independent argued in 2006: "Only James Blunt has managed to come up with a song more irritating than Chris de Burgh's 'Lady in Red'. The 1986 mawkfest – according to De Burgh – has reduced many famous people to tears including Diana, Princess of Wales, Fergie and Mel Smith. The less emotionally impressionable, meanwhile, adopt Oscar Wilde's view on the death of Little Nell – that it would take a heart of stone to listen to 'Lady in Red' and not laugh."[8]

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]

Alternate versions[edit]

In 1987, de Burgh released a Spanish language adaptation of "The Lady in Red" entitled "La Dama de Ayer" (literally "the lady of yesterday") as a 7" single in Spain.

The comedy duo of Mitchell and Webb, are known for a parody song of "The Lady in Red" based around the game of snooker, known as "Table of Reds".

In other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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