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Musical criss-cross

BORN CHRISTOPHER Geppert at San Antonio, Texas, on May 3, 1951, Christopher Cross' debut and self-titled album went quadruple platinum when he wasn't even 30.

That opening offering produced four top 20 hits Sailing (No. 1 on the U.S. charts), Ride like the wind (#2), Never be the same (#15) and Say you'll be mine (#20).

Backing vocals were provided for Ride like the wind by Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, while Valerie Carter and Nicolette Larson lent support for other songs on the release.

Five Grammys

In 1981, the album won five Grammys, including best song, best record and best new artiste.

Even after a year, the LP was going strong on the charts.

Not much later, Arthur's Theme (The best that you can do) for the smash Dudley Moore comedy film, Arthur, which was written by Cross along with Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach and Peter Allen fetched him an Academy Award as well, for best original song.

With such a start, expectations were bound to be sky-high.

A brief hiatus from the industry had detractors wondering where he'd disappeared. His second album Another Page was not a patch on the popularity of its predecessor.

Think of Laura, a track frequently aired on popular daytime soap General Hospital, touched the top 40. Strangely, Cross never made the grade again.

Waning sales of his work failed to deter his creativity, the touching A chance for heaven, that he wrote and sang at the Los Angeles Olympics being a case in point.

Breaking records

Loving Strangers in Tom Hanks 1986 hit movie Nothing In Common only reiterated the fact. I will (take you forever) that he sang with Les Miserables star Frances Ruffelle a year later continues to enjoy air play even today and formed the theme of marriages all across the United States.

Rendezvous appeared in 1992, Window three years later, Walking in Avalon in 1998 and the Red Room in 1999.

Nearly a quarter century after he broke into the music scene, Christopher Cross comes across as an artiste open to innovation but reluctant to cast away the standards he has set for himself.

His record speaks for itself; five Grammy, one Oscar, one Golden Globe awards, four No. 1 singles, nine top 20 hits, 71 songs composed and recorded and nine million albums sold worldwide.

A. GEORGE ANTONY

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