Christopher Cross

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Christopher Cross
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Cross in 2008
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Charles Geppert
Born (1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 70)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1971–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website christophercross.com

Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer from San Antonio, Texas. Cross won five Grammy Awards for his eponymous debut album released in 1979. The singles "Sailing" (1980), and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (from the 1981 film Arthur) peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. [2] [3] [4] "Sailing" earned three Grammys in 1981, while "Arthur's Theme" won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen).

Contents

Career

Early musical career

Cross first played with a San Antonio-based cover band named Flash (not to be confused with the early 1970s English band) before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. in 1978. [5] Although best known for his vocals, Cross's guitar-playing is such that it once led to an unfulfilled invitation to play with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. [6] He also played guitar during a Deep Purple concert in 1970 when Ritchie Blackmore fell ill shortly before the show. [7]

The first album, and immediate success

Cross released his self-titled debut album, Christopher Cross , in 1979. The Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hits from this album included "Ride Like the Wind" (featuring backing vocals by Michael McDonald), "Sailing", "Never Be the Same", and "Say You'll Be Mine" (featuring backing vocals by Nicolette Larson). "Ride Like the Wind" hit No. 2 on the U.S. Hot 100, while "Sailing" topped the chart. "Never Be The Same" went No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Owing to the almost immediate success and popularity gained by the album, Cross was nominated for several Grammy Awards, garnering five. Cross was the first artist in Grammy history to win all four general field awards in a single ceremony, bringing home Record of the Year ("Sailing"), Album of the Year ( Christopher Cross ), Song of the Year ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards in 1981; this was not replicated until Billie Eilish won all four awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. [8] [9]

The second album

Cross's second album, Another Page (1983), produced "All Right", "No Time for Talk", and "Think of Laura". "All Right" was used by CBS Sports for its highlights montage following the 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, while "Think of Laura" is used as a reference to characters on the soap opera General Hospital . Cross allowed ABC to use his song in this context; however, he has stated that he wrote "Think of Laura" not in reference to the television characters, but to celebrate the life of Denison University college student Laura Carter who was killed when she was struck by a stray bullet. Another Page sold well, getting Gold Certification. He also co-wrote and sang the song "A Chance For Heaven" for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

The curse of the MTV generation

After 1984, Cross's star quickly dimmed. As music television station MTV grew to dominate the mainstream music scene in the United States, Cross's style of music proved to be a bad fit for the network, and Cross's brand of adult contemporary music declined in popularity. [10]

Cross's next two albums, 1985's Every Turn of the World and 1988's Back of My Mind did not produce any top 40 hits or reach Gold or Platinum status.

He did, however, place the song "Swept Away" in the TV show Growing Pains . It was used during a video montage while Kirk Cameron's character Mike fell in love with a local girl while vacationing with the family in Hawaii.

The 1990s

Cross made three more albums in the 1990s, and although some of his releases gained critical response, he was not able to attract the mass audience he once enjoyed. After his decline in fame in the mid-1980s, he toured and opened for various acts during the 1990s. [11] [12]

The 2000s

The year 2002 saw the release of Very Best of... album, and in 2007 he completed a Christmas album titled A Christopher Cross Christmas. In 2008, Cross recorded a new acoustic album of his hits titled The Cafe Carlyle Sessions. [13] [14]

The 2010s

In 2011, Cross released a new studio album titled Doctor Faith. [15]

In 2013, he released A Night in Paris, a 2-CD live album he recorded and filmed in April 2012 at the Theatre Le Trianon in Paris, France. [16]

The song "Ride Like the Wind" was featured on the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues original movie soundtrack, released in 2013.

In September 2014, he released Secret Ladder, followed in November 2017 by Take Me as I Am. [17]

In 2017, he played a concert in his hometown, at the Tobin Center, San Antonio, Texas. [18] In 2018, he joined with other musicians in Austin to form the band Freedonia. [19]

In late 2019, Cross toured with Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff, Micky Dolenz and Joey Molland of Badfinger in celebration of the Beatles' White Album on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – A Tribute to the Beatles' White Album". Cross performed "Sailing" and "Ride Like the Wind". [20]

Flamingo

One common feature of Cross's album covers is the appearance of a flamingo. According to Cross, there is no meaning behind this, other than that the painting chosen for the first album cover featured the bird, which has been used as a motif ever since. [21]

Personal life

A self-described "Army brat", Cross is the son of a U.S. Army pediatrician stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1950s, acting as physician for President Dwight Eisenhower's grandchildren. [22] He attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio and graduated in 1969. He was involved in football and track and field. [23] Cross was married to Roseanne Harrison from 1973 until the couple divorced in 1982. His 1988 marriage to Jan Bunch ended in a 2007 divorce. [24]

Cross has a son from his first marriage and two children from his second marriage, a son and daughter.

On April 3, 2020, Cross confirmed through his Facebook page that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and was ill, but is recovering. Cross later reported on Twitter that he has lost the use of his legs, but his doctors have told him he should fully recover. Physicians told him his COVID-19 disease triggered an episode of Guillain–Barré syndrome that caused the nerves in his legs to stop functioning properly. [25] On October 18, 2020, during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning , Cross described what COVID-19 is like for him, in his first public appearance since contracting the virus. The effects of COVID-19 still linger as Cross considers himself a "Long Haul" survivor. Cross advocated the wearing of masks and is eager to tour again.

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumLabelChart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[26]
CAN
[27]
GER
[28]
JPN
[29] [30]
NLD
[31]
NZ
[32]
SWE
[33]
UK
[34]
US
[35]
1979 Christopher Cross Warner Bros.626181416146
1983 Another Page 623217912411
1985 Every Turn of the World 44273437127
1988 Back of My Mind 45279349
1993RendezvousCMC96
1995Window91
1998 Walking in Avalon
2000Red Room
2007A Christopher Cross ChristmasEar
2008The Café Carlyle Sessions
2010Christmas Time Is Here
2011Doctor Faith48
2013A Night in Paris
2014Secret LadderChristopher Cross Records
2017Take Me As I Am

Compilations

Soundtracks

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
CAN
[38]
GER
[39]
IRE
[40]
NED
[41]
NOR
[42]
AUS
[26]
NZ
[43]
SWI
[44]
UK
[45]
US
[46]
U.S.
AC

[47]
1980"Ride Like the Wind"3253169224Christopher Cross
"Sailing"1211846848110
"Never Be the Same"254241151
"Say You'll Be Mine"332015
"Mary Ann" (Japan only)Single only
1981"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"27113106711 Arthur (soundtrack)
1983"All Right"1323141653044551123Another Page
"No Time for Talk"3310
"Think of Laura"910091
1984"A Chance for Heaven" (swimming theme from 1984 Summer Olympics)7616The Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984
1985"Charm the Snake"68Every Turn of the World
"Every Turn of the World"
1986"Love Is Love (In Any Language)"
"Loving Strangers"9427 Nothing in Common (soundtrack)
1988"Swept Away"Back of My Mind
"I Will (Take You Forever)" (with Frances Ruffelle)904741
1993"In the Blink of an Eye" (Germany only)51Rendezvous(Germany & Japan only)
"Nothing Will Change" (Germany only)
"Is There Something" (Germany only)
1994"Been There, Done That" (Germany only)55Window(Germany & Japan only)
"Wild, Wild West" (Germany only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances

Awards

[53] [54]

Nominations

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