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Cross in 2008
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Charles Geppert
Born (1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 68)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
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 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. [1] [2] [3] "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).

<i>Christopher Cross</i> (album) 1979 studio album by Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in December 1979. Recorded in mid-1979, the album was one of the early digitally recorded albums, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In 1981, it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, famously beating Pink Floyd's The Wall and it has been noted for being one of the most influential soft rock albums of the early 1980s.

Sailing (Christopher Cross song) 1980 song by Christopher Cross

"Sailing" is a 1980 soft rock song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album (1979). The song was a success in the United States, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 30, 1980, where it stayed for one week. The song also won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helped Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named "Sailing" the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time.

Arthurs Theme (Best That You Can Do) main theme for the 1981 film Arthur

"Arthur's Theme " is a song performed and co-written by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, which was the main theme for the 1981 film Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1982. In the US, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts during October 1981, remaining at the top on the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. Overseas, it also went to number one on the VG-lista chart in Norway, and was a top ten hit in several other countries. The song became the second and last American number one hit by Christopher Cross. It was included as a bonus track only on the CD & Cassette versions of his second album Another Page, released in 1983.

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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. [4] . 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 [5]

Flash was an English progressive rock group, formed by former Yes guitarist Peter Banks, vocalist Colin Carter, bassist Ray Bennett, and drummer Mike Hough in August 1971.

Warner Bros. American entertainment company

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., d/b/a Warner Bros. (WB), is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film, television and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Donald Fagen American recording artist, musician, best known as co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan.

Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early ‘70s. He has also released four albums as a solo artist, and in 2001 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2017 death of Steely Dan’s co-founder Walter Becker leaves Fagen as Steely Dan’s sole member.

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 AC chart. Owing to the almost immediate success and popularity gained by his first album, he was nominated for several Grammy Awards, garnering five. Cross is currently the only 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. [6]

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Ride Like the Wind 1980 single by Christopher Cross

"Ride Like the Wind" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. It was released in February 1980 as the lead single from his Grammy-winning self-titled debut album. It reached number 2 on the US charts for four consecutive weeks, behind Blondie's "Call Me". On the album's inner sleeve, Christopher Cross dedicated this song to Lowell George, formerly of the band Little Feat, who had died in 1979. It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald and a guitar solo by Cross.

Never Be the Same (Christopher Cross song) Christopher Cross song

"Never Be the Same" is the title of the third single by singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, released from his debut Grammy Award-winning album Christopher Cross. It was the singer's third consecutive single to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number 15 late in 1980. The song was a number-one hit on the adult contemporary chart, remaining there for two weeks.

The second album

Cross's second album, Another Page (1983), "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.

<i>Another Page</i> 1983 studio album by Christopher Cross

Another Page is Christopher Cross' second studio album, recorded in 1982 and released in early 1983. Although not as commercially successful as its predecessor, the third single, "Think of Laura", reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984; it has since proven to be Cross' final single to reach the Top 10. The first single, "All Right", had reached #12 on the chart a year before. "Arthur's Theme " appeared as a bonus track on the cassette and later CD releases of the album.

All Right single

"All Right" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. It was released in January 1983 as the lead single from the album, Another Page. On the heels of his Grammy winning first album, and following his #1 hits "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme " expectations were strong enough for this first single from his second album to allow "All Right" to debut on Billboard Magazine's hot 100 at the high-position of #29. It was the fifth-highest debuting single of the 1980s ranking behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller", USA for Africa's "We Are the World", Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's "Say Say Say", and Men at Work's "Overkill", all of which at least made the top five of the chart. Unfortunately, "All Right" -- which featured former Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald on background vocals-- did not repeat Cross's previous success, and stalled at #12, just outside the top 10.

Think of Laura 1983 single by Christopher Cross

"Think of Laura" is a popular song by the American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. Released as a single in late 1983 from Cross' second studio album, Another Page, "Think of Laura" became the singer's fourth single to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #9 in early 1984. The song spent eleven weeks in the Top 40. In addition, the song became Cross' third single to hit #1 on the adult contemporary chart, following "Never Be the Same" and "Arthur's Theme ". "Think of Laura" remained at #1 on this chart for four weeks. The song was written by Cross and produced by Michael Omartian.

The curse of the MTV generation

After 1984, Cross' 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' brand of adult contemporary music declined in popularity. [7]

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel launched on August 1, 1981 that serves as the flagship property of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom headquartered in New York City.

Adult contemporary music Radio format and music genre

In North American music, adult contemporary music (AC) is a form of radio-played popular music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, pop, soul, rhythm and blues, quiet storm, and rock influence. Adult contemporary is rather a continuation of the easy listening and soft rock style that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s with some adjustments that reflect the evolution of pop/rock music.

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.

<i>Every Turn of the World</i> 1985 studio album by Christopher Cross

Every Turn of the World is the third studio album by Christopher Cross, recorded and released in 1985. The album is notable for its harder rocking sound and often lacking the pop ballads that dominated the sound of previous albums. Though the album itself peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200, the only single from the album to chart, "Charm the Snake", peaked only at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other two singles from the album, the title track and "Love Is Love ", failed to chart.

<i>Back of My Mind</i> 1988 studio album by Christopher Cross

Back of My Mind is the fourth studio album by singer Christopher Cross, released in 1988 through Warner Bros. Records. After both the album and its singles failed to chart in the United States and due in large part to the general decline in sales beginning with Another Page (1983), Cross was soon released from Warner Bros. "Swept Away" was previously heard on a few episodes of the TV show Growing Pains in 1987. It would be nearly five years until Cross signed a new recording contract with BMG and release a new album, Rendezvous, in 1993.

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. [8] [9]

The 2000s

The year 2002 saw the release of Very Best of... album, and in 2007 he completed a Christmas album entitled A Christopher Cross Christmas. In 2008 Cross recorded a new acoustic album of his hits titled The Cafe Carlyle Sessions. [10] [11]

The 2010s

In 2011, Cross released a new studio album titled Doctor Faith. [12]

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. [13]

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. [14]

In 2017, he played a concert at his hometown, Tobin Center, San Antonio, Texas. [15] In 2018, he joined with other musicians in Austin to form the band Freedonia. [16]

Flamingo

One familiar feature of Cross is the constant appearance of a flamingo in his album covers. According to him, there's no real significant meaning behind this, other than the fact that the painting chosen for the first album cover featured the bird and has been used as a motif ever since. [17]

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. [18] [19]

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. [20]

Cross has a son named Justin from his first marriage, and two children from his second marriage, son Rain and daughter Madison. [21]

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumLabelChart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[22]
CAN
[23]
GER
[24]
JPN
[25] [26]
NLD
[27]
NZ
[28]
SWE
[29]
UK
[30]
US
[31]
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
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NED
[37]
NOR
[38]
AUS
[22]
NZ
[39]
SWI
[40]
UK
[41]
US U.S.
AC
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)4741
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

[47] [48] [49]

Nominations

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