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Christopher Cross: Arthur's Theme

 

 

In 1979 a new artist from San Antonio whose name, Christopher Cross, exploded on the Charts with his eponymous first album. Although he seemingly came out of nowhere, Chris had been writing great songs for years that become hits on the L.P. including, "Ride Like the Wind" (Backing Vocals by Michael McDonald), "Sailing", "Never Be the Same", and "Say You'll Be Mine" (Backing Vocals by Nicolette Larson).

 

Noting his success Cross was nominated for many Grammy's and won five, and became the only artist in Grammy history to win all four General Field Awards in a single ceremony at the 23rd Annual Grammys including,Record of the Year ("Sailing"), Album of the Year (Christopher Cross), Song of the Year ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist. It looked like his future was bright, but as it turned out, only for a relatively short time.

 

His second album contained the Theme Song for the film, "Arthur," starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.The song was written in corroboration with folks who knew Hollywood Movies, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, (Liza's ex-husband).

 

“Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won the Oscar for best original song in 1982, and The Best Original Song in the Golden Globes that year. It went to #1 on The Hot 100 where it stayed for 3 Consecutive Weeks, and reached #1 on The Hot Contemporary Chart at the same time, needless to say it sold a ton of singles and albums.

 

Then in 1984 at the peak of his success, Cross got gob-smacked by a new phenomena known as MTV that took over control of the Charts. Christopher's music-style didn't fit in with the Hip often Hard-Rocking style of Music TV, and to be honest he wasn't exactly a handsome heart-throb, he could have been an CPA.

 

Cross continued to release albums in the 80's and 90's but none could throw off another big hit single. Christopher Cross was rich, but his fame faded away.

 

For the TDR-Tribute Video to Christopher Cross and his mega-hit, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Scott found a really tasty clip of Chris singing Live with a Hip Band In Concert. I believe that's the great Ernie Watts doing the Sax Solo, but all the musicians are First Call, they loved the music that he wrote.

 

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