Music Notes

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross is a singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His father was an Army doctor.

I bought his first album on cassette tape, The self-titled “Christopher Cross”, a few months before I bought my first car (a used car and I’m not telling you what it was) in 1980. I wore that tape out traveling from San Diego, California, to Phoenix, Arizona and back several times.

Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind and Sailing

These two song hits are from his first album, Christopher Cross released in 1979. He won five Grammy Awards for these two and a couple more, along with the album itself. I saw the awards ceremony live on television sometime in 1980. That’s what prompted me to buy the tape.


 


When I was deployed on a Navy ship with the Marine Corps in 1983, a lieutenant recorded an hour-long montage of some of the places we stopped. Ride Like the Wind was used at least once that I can remember.

Christopher Cross – Think of Laura and Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

These two songs are from his Another Page album of 1983. Arthur’s Theme is a bonus track, which was used as the title song in the 1981 movie, “Arthur“. It won an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Original Song”.


 


Christopher Cross had a few more hits, but not many. I listen to these few songs when I want to listen to soft rock music. Along with the Air Supply hits, they tend to help me relax when I’m in a bad mood.

I can’t tell you why any of his later songs failed to become hits. I haven’t listened to any of the songs after his second album. Perhaps I’ll look for them on YouTube to see if any of them are good.

Photo Attribution: Jessie Pearl from Yucaipa, CA, USA (christopher cross in beaumont ca) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


April 10, 2018
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