"The Lady in Red" is a love song from Chris de Burgh's 1986 album Into the Light. The song was a big hit and reached the number one position in the UK, Ireland and Norway, and number three in the United States.
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.
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.
De Burgh himself did the spanish version of the song, called "La Dama de Ayer".
The Shadows did an instrumental of the song in 1987 on the album Simply Shadows.
Bill Bailey performed a hillbilly spoof of this song in his show Part Troll, called "Cousin in Red," playing it with a banjo sound on his guitar. Bailey described the song as "simpering mawkish cack".
American crooner Andy Williams covered the song under the title "Lady in Red" on his 2006 release, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up.