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Christopher Cross - 1/21
at City Winery New York City
Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, “Sailing.”
Christopher Cross’ 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single “Ride Like the Wind” rocketed to the #2 spot; the massive success of the second single “Sailing” made Cross a superstar, and in the wake of two more Top 20 hits, “Never Be the Same” and “Say You'll Be Mine,” he walked off with an unprecedented and record-setting five Grammys in 1981, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Sailing.” He soon scored a second #1, as well as an Academy Award, with “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),” which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen for the smash Dudley Moore film comedy Arthur. (Excerpt from Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide)
Christopher’s much-anticipated second album Another Page came out in 1983 and produced the hits “All Right,” “No Time for Talk,” and a Top Ten entry for “Think of Laura,” a song featured prominently in the daytime drama, General Hospital.
Amazingly, he charted 8 songs into the Billboard Top-40 charts between 1980 and 1983.
Four years, two albums, eight hit singles, several world tours, five Grammy's, and one Oscar marked Christopher’s meteoric rise to the top.
At this writing, Christopher has released eight albums (not counting hits packages), a body of work revealing a steady, focused dedication to that oh-so-rare commodity of the latter-day popster – artistic growth.
Those who have followed Cross have reaped the rewards of set after set of intelligently written and performed melodic pop.
Throughout the years, he has remained a unique artist, replete with that confounding blend of
sensitivity, determination and conviction of his own artistry.
Beyond the Cross-mania years, Christopher co-wrote and sang the song that helped define the 1984 Summer Olympics, “A Chance for Heaven;” he co-wrote and sang the delightful “Loving Strangers” for the hit 1986 Tom Hanks movie, Nothing in Common; and the following year he presented “I Will (Take You Forever),” a lovely duet with international Les Miserables star Frances Ruffelle, which tune has graced many a wedding (and is still a staple of radio worldwide). Singles from most all of his albums charted in Japan and elsewhere in East; and the rollicking “In the Blink of an Eye” enjoyed a smashing top-ten success in Germany and surrounding territories in 1992.