Christopher Cross

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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross.jpg
Cross backstage after a tribute concert to Michael McDonald, February 4, 2000
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Charles Geppert
Born(1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 63)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
GenresPop rock, soft rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1979–present
LabelsWarner Bros., Priority, CMC International
Associated actsMichael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Madison Cross, The Alan Parsons Project
Websitechristophercross.com
 
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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross.jpg
Cross backstage after a tribute concert to Michael McDonald, February 4, 2000
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Charles Geppert
Born(1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 63)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
GenresPop rock, soft rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1979–present
LabelsWarner Bros., Priority, CMC International
Associated actsMichael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Madison Cross, The Alan Parsons Project
Websitechristophercross.com

Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammy Awards. He is perhaps best known for his US Top Ten hit songs, "Sailing", "Ride Like the Wind", and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)", the latter recorded by him for the film Arthur, which starred Dudley Moore.[1][2] "Sailing" earned three Grammys in 1981, while "Arthur's Theme" won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen).

Career[edit]

Cross first played with a San Antonio-based cover band named Flash (not to be confused with the early 1970s English band of the same name) before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros.[3]

Cross released his self-titled debut album, Christopher Cross, in 1979, which garnered him five Grammy Awards. He made Grammy history by winning all four General Field Grammy awards (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist) in the same year. To date, he is the only artist to have won those four awards in the same year. Hot 100 top 20 hits from this album included "Ride Like the Wind" (featuring backing vocals by Michael McDonald), "Sailing", "Never Be the Same", and "Say You'll Be Mine" (featuring backing vocals by Nicolette Larson).

Cross' second album, Another Page (1983), included the hit songs "All Right", "No Time for Talk", and "Think of Laura". "All Right" was used by CBS Sports for its highlights montage following the 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, while "Think of Laura" is used as a reference to characters on the soap opera General Hospital. Although Another Page sold respectably, it did not nearly live up to the high expectations set by his debut album.

Cross' next two albums, 1985's Every Turn of the World and 1988's Back of My Mind failed to produce any top 40 hits, and did not sell as well as his first two albums.[citation needed]

Cross made three more albums in the 1990s, and although some of his releases have gained critical response, he has failed to attract the mass audience he once enjoyed. After his decline in fame in the mid-1980s, he has toured and opened for various acts since the 1990s and released his Very Best of... album in 2002.[4][5]

Cross completed a Christmas album, A Christopher Cross Christmas, released in 2007. Cross finished recording a new acoustic album of his hits titled The Cafe Carlyle Sessions.[6][7]

Cross released a new studio album, Doctor Faith, in 2011.[8] In 2013, he released A Night in Paris, a 2-CD live album he recorded and filmed in April 2012 at the Theatre Le Trianon in Paris, France.[9]

Personal life[edit]

A self-described "Army brat," Cross was the son of a U.S. Army pediatrician. He was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1950s (when Cross was elementary school age), where he was physician for President Dwight Eisenhower's grandchildren.[10][verification needed]

Cross married his wife, Jan, in 1988. They divorced in 2007. They have two children; son, Rain, and daughter, Madison.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabelChart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
GER
[14]
JPN
[15][16]
NLD
[17]
NZ
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20]
US
[21]
1979Christopher CrossWarner Bros.626181416146
1983Another Page623217912411
1985Every Turn of the World44273437158
1988Back of My Mind45279349
1992RendezvousCMC96
1994Window91
1998Walking in Avalon
2000Red Room
2007A Christopher Cross ChristmasEar
2008The Café Carlyle Sessions
2010Christmas Time Is Here
2011Doctor Faith48
2013A Night in Paris
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
CAN
[24]
GER
[25]
IRE
[26]
NED
[27]
NOR
[28]
NZ
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
U.S.U.S.
AC
1980"Ride Like the Wind"33169224Christopher Cross
"Sailing"12118848110
"Never Be the Same"2541151
"Say You'll Be Mine"332015
"Mary Ann" (Japan only)Single only
1981"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"271106711Arthur (soundtrack)
1983"All Right"13231416544551123Another Page
"No Time for Talk"3310
"Think of Laura"991
1984"A Chance for Heaven" (swimming theme from 1984 Summer Olympics)7616Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad
1985"Charm the Snake"68Every Turn of the World
"Every Turn of the World"
1986"Love Is Love (In Any Language)"
"Loving Strangers"9427Nothing In Common (soundtrack)
1988"Swept Away"Back of My Mind
"I Will (Take You Forever)" (With Frances Ruffelle)41
1992"In the Blink of an Eye" (Germany only)51Rendezvous (Germany & Japan only)
"Nothing Will Change" (Germany only)
"Is There Something" (Germany only)
1994"Been There, Done That" (Germany only)55Window (Germany & Japan only)
"Wild, Wild West" (Germany only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

Awards[edit]

Performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (2008-04-17). "New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ Christopher Cross & Flash
  4. ^ "Classicbands.com". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  5. ^ Weingarten, Marc (1998-05-10). "Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Westcoastmusic". Noted.blogs.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Insidemusicast.com". Insidemusicast.com. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Christopher Cross Website – Doctor Faith Release". Christophercross.com. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Christopher Cross Returs with his First Live Release "A Night in Paris"". 
  10. ^ Christopher Cross. Comments during Concert at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, Virginia. January 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "Christopher Cross files for divorce". USA TODAY. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: This reference gives Australian albums and singles information. It is used for chart peak positions as the early albums were released before ARIA regulated the Australian charts itself (1989)
  13. ^ Canadian Albums peaks
  14. ^ "Album Search: Christopher Cross" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  15. ^ Okamoto, Satoshi (2006). Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  16. ^ "クリストファー・クロスのCDアルバムランキング-ORICON STYLE". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Original Confidence. Retrieved 2011-08-08. Note: Reference indicates chart positions from 1988 onwards, and part of the information are currently unavailable
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl Christopher Cross discography". Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  18. ^ "chart.org.nz Christopher Cross discography". Hung Medien. RIANZ. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  19. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Discography Christopher Cross". Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats - Christopher Cross". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ "allmusic ((( Christopher Cross > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Billboard 200. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  22. ^ a b c "American certifications – Cross, Christopher". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  23. ^ a b "British certifications – Christopher Cross". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-08-19.  Enter Christopher Cross in the field Search. Select Artist in the field Search by. Click Go
  24. ^ Canadian Top Singles peaks
  25. ^ German peaks
  26. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  27. ^ Dutch Top 40 peaks
  28. ^ Norwegian peaks
  29. ^ New Zealand peaks
  30. ^ Swiss peaks
  31. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  32. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume III: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  33. ^ "Deep Purple – San Antonio, Texas – August 28, 1970". Purple.de. 1970-08-28. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 

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