Funny thing, I didn't care much for Chris Rea until the Early 00's. A friend recommended and lent me 'The Blue Jukeboxalbum. Hmm, I thought there's more to this guy than I thought. Then he released the 'Blue Guitars' box set, I thought if nothing else this is bloody good value. 11 CDs for little more than the price of a single CD, I bet his record company were rubbing their heads when they released that set. The thing is IMHO Blue Guitars is bloody great. I still didn't take much interest in his hits period but I lapped up his Blues influenced albums. Around 2010 I picked up a greatest hits album and after listening without prejudice I even bought some of his earlier albums. By this time I also had learned about Chris Rea the man and what a decent human being he is. It's a pity he's not more well known in the USA as @mbrownp1 says he has put out consistently great music, just as Warren Zevon did with very little recognition of their genius. I wish Chris Rea well and a full recovery.