Chris Rea – The Blue Cafe (The Blue Cafe, Sweet Summer Day and more). 12 tracks (53:36). The Blue Cafe was released 25 Dec 2006. Christopher Anton Rea (pronounced Ree-ah), born 4 March 1951, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Middlesbrough, England. Rea’s recording career began in 1978. Although he almost immediately had a US hit single with "Fool (If You Think It’s Over)", Rea’s initial focus was on continental Europe, releasing eight albums in the 1980s. It wasn’t until 1985’s Shamrock Diaries and the songs "Stainsby Girls" and "Josephine," that UK audiences began to take notice of him. Follow up albums On The Beach and Dancing With Strangers became UK hits and then the New Light Through Old Windows compilation album in 1988 cemented his reputation. His next full album was to be his major breakthrough: The Road to Hell (1989) enjoyed massive success and became his first number one album in the UK. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm.