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.
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.
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.