UK Singer /Guitarist /Songwriter  Chris Rainbow

Born Isle of Ely England  began his musical career aged 14
and went on to sing and play in various groups as well as performing as
a cabaret Artist and Country Music Singer. In 1986 he recorded his first
Album entitled " Let Me Be There", forming the Chris Rainbow Band in
1987 who went on to become a popular attraction on the Club Scene.
At the end of the decade Chris relocated to California
where he continued performing and recording. Since his return to
England in the early 90's Chris has been an active live performer and
recorded some great CD's. Chris has also written and recorded a
number of his own songs one of which "Clever Man" received extensive
radio play in a number of countries particularly Australia & Europe.
Away from music Chris has worked on a Circus and made numerous
Film & TV appearances.

Please note' The real Chris Rainbow.' is not to be confused with Christopher James Harley who died a few years ago and used the stage name Chris Rainbow in the 1970s.

                               LOOKING BACK

Brand new CD available now. Includes previously released and unreleased tracks

In August 2015 Paul Turner (pictured) interviewed Chris on his radio show (247 Disco Heaven).

To listen click on picture

 

CHRIS RAINBOW SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

              CD  Strange Town

         ( available via CD baby ) 

            CD Love is no Stranger

                   CD  Fabulous

         

                  CD Americana

               CD Playing to Win

          ( available via CD baby )

              CD Calling the Shots       

           CD Back For the Attack

               Toys For The Boys

          ( unreleased cd artwork )

               CD Follow the Sun  

  CD That's How l Got To Memphis

              CD From A Distance

          CD South of the Border

   CD Funny How Time Slips Away

              CD Licence To Rock

      Chris Rainbow / Paul Newton    

          ( available via CD baby )      

                               For more info on above CDs Please email:

                             SELECTED  FILM AND TV APPEARANCES 

               Casualty BBC TV series various episodes 1986 to early 90's

               Dr Who Time and Rani BBC TV series 1987

               Aliens in the Family childrens TV series CBBC 1987

               This is your life Cyril Mills BBC TV 1987

               Made in America 1993 FilmWarner Bros USA

               Reeves and Mortimer TV comedy 1990's

               The Wyvern Mystery BBC Television Film 2000

               Misc: Paulos Circus Summer / Winter season 1987

               Good Old Days Of Variety The Pavilion Theatre llfacombe 1987                                  Summer Season.

AWARDS        

              Wellworthy Country Music Club Solo Artist of the year 1987 

Lord Haldon Country Music Club Band of the Year Award 1994 Chris Rainbow Band. 

In 2005 Chris's song Clever Man was featured on a complination by the Canadian record label Hillcrest along with other artists including George Hamilton IV and Mandy Strobel and as a result recieved airplay on radio stations in a number of countries including the USA and Austraila.

                                  BANDS  { Selected }

  WHITE ANGEL                                                   1978 - 1980

  SCAVENGER                                                       1980 - 1982

  THE SKULLCAPZ                                              1982 - 1984

  HIGHWAY CRUISERS                                      1983 -1984

  CHRIS RAINBOW AND FOOLS GOLD         1986 - 1987

   THE CHRIS RAINBOW BAND, AKA     THE CHRIS RAINBOW COUNTRY           BAND                                                                     1987 - 2004 

   THE ROCKY ROAD FOUR                               2000 - 2003 

   WILD BUNCH UK                                              2005 - present 

   NEWTON /  RAINBOW  PROJECT  { featuring Paul Newton ex Uriah Heep /       Gods etc }                                                              2015 - present

                                     SELECTED RECORDINGS { PRE - CD }                                                                                                                                                                                      LET ME BE THERE                               CRR                                                                        KING OF THE ROAD                             CRR                                                                      HONKY TONK COWBOY                      CRR                                                                      COUNTRY VOL 1                                     CRR                                                                      COUNTRY VOL 2                                 CRR                                                                          KENTUCKY RAIN                                UKUSA                                                                  BROKEN PROMISE LAND                  UKUSA                                                                NO STRANGER TO THE RAIN            UKUSA                                                            REBOUND                                                 CAB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UKUSA  Albums all recorded at Pacific Coast Music San Jose CA other Recordings made in Great Britain in 1980's.                           

                                 

                                Above pic taken at Arena Studios Somerset                                     

 

 

Sadly my good friend Dancing Ken passed away on April 1st. He had been unwell for some time and  will be greatly missed by everyone. 

Above: Chris with Dave Stokes Guitarist with the Chris Rainbow Band for many years at Chris's show at W-S-M Con Club.

On the 30th of August 2016 Chris made a welcome return to the Silver Dollar CMC, held at the Plough, Aberaman, South Wales. A good sized crowd enjoyed some great country music, as well as many old favourites Chris played great versions of George Strait's Amerillo By Morning, Garth Brook's Friends in Low Places. Thanks to Conrad for the pics.

 

 

 

 

 

to watch the video

click on picture

Wagon Wheel filmed live at Walls Club Glos. to watch video, click on picture.

Feb 19th 2017 Chris was back at Walls club Glos

for a well recieved Show.

Walls Club 2016

Publicity shot. Chris 2016

Chris and Paul Newton's new CD "LICENCE TO ROCK" is now available. Tracks include two Uriah Heep covers and original songs written by Chris. Plus two Bonus tracks.

Available  late December via CD BABY or direct from this site.info@chrisrainbow.co.uk

There has been quite a lot of interest in this release mainly due to Paul's past as a member of Uriah Heep. It has been an added bonus for me to have had some of the songs that I have written exposed to a wider audience. I have been pleased that the reviews of the CD have generally been positive. To see more about the Newton/Rainbow Project go to these websites.

https://outsiderrock.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/newton-rainbow-project-interview/

https://heepfanbasegermany.wordpress.com/category/paul-newton

Chris and Paul are set to return to the studio and record three new  tracks to be made available on the new expanded edition of the Newton / Rainbow Project CD' Licence to Rock.' Of the three tracks set  to be recorded two are new original songs written by Chris and the other a cover version of the Crow song ' Evil Woman ' also recorded by Black Sabbath on there self titled first LP. More updates to follow. The new expanded edition of 'Licence to  Rock'  will be available from spring 2018.

Big Ted and Paul Newton with Gary Harper who played drums on a couple of tracks on "Licence to Rock", pictured here at Arena Sound Studios May 2016

 

 

Gary Harper

 

 

Celebrating my birthday with Di and Barb who very kindly brought along this cake to my show at the

Victory Club, Cheltenham.

                     Chris on stage in South Wales 

To view Chris's sister site Wild Bunch UK.

please click on picture.

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