Birth Name

  Christopher Geppert

  Also Known As

  Christopher Cross

  Born

  May 3, 1951

  San Antonio, Texas, USA

  Genre

  Pop, Soft Rock, Yacht Rock*

  Occupation

  Singer-songwriter, musician, producer

  Instruments

  Vocals, guitar, piano

  Years Active

  1979 - present

  Labels

  Warner Bros, BMG Records, Reprise,  

  Priority Records, CMC International

  Associated Acts

  Michael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, 

  Madison, Alan Parsons Project

  Website

  http://www.christophercross.com

* Wiki explanation of Yacht Rock

  

       
       Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping "Sailing"; seemingly as quickly as he shot to fame, however, his star descended, although he continued recording and touring for years to come.

        Born Christopher Geppert in San Antonio, TX on May 3, 1951, Cross first surfaced in the Austin-based cover band Flash before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. in the autumn of 1978.

        His self-titled debut LP appeared two years later, with the lead single "Ride Like the Wind" rocketing to the number two 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 a record-setting five Grammies in 1981, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Sailing."

        He soon scored a second number one 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.

       Cross' much-anticipated sophomore effort Another Page arrived in 1983, but except for the Top Ten entry "Think of Laura" (popularized through its constant presence on the daytime soap phenomenon General Hospital), the album failed to repeat the success of its predecessor, and somewhat amazingly, he never returned to the Top 40 again. *

 Reference  *All Music Guide

 

 

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