Christopher Cross bagged five Grammy Awards in one night!
Christopher Cross golden era was between 1979 and 1985 when he released his debut album and Arthur’s Theme which garnered him 5 Grammy Awards in one night!
The same year he also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.
Cross’s career started to decline when he released his third album Every Turn Of The World in 1985 which didn’t make the top 40.
Since then Christopher Cross has released a few more albums that have gained some critical acclaim and he has managed to stay on the road averaging 100 shows/year.
A new studio album is planned to be released entitled Dr. Faith upon which his daughter Madison appears as a vocalist.
Christopher Cross wrote Arthur’s Theme with Burt Bacharach!
Christopher Cross wrote Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) for the motion picture Arthur which starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli.
The song manage the almost impossible when it captures the emotion of the entire film. Arthur’s Theme was co-written with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen.
Christopher Cross managed to collect the “Big Four” at the Grammy Awards when he won 5 Awards for his debut album Cristopher Cross in 1981, including Best Record, Song, Album, and New Artist.
Only Norah Jones have managed this as a solo artist since.
Christopher Cross and Yacht Rock
Arthur’s Theme was an attempt to write the best song in the world using the pocket symphony approach previously attempted by Beach Boys, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, The Doobie Brother, Toto and singers like Michael McDonald.
Unfairly, some of the latter bands have been categorized as Yacht Rock, a genre Arthur’s Theme has been listed under exclusively on Wikipedia!
The massive production of Arthur’s Theme should be studied by the aspiring producer to find out how to blend a lot of instruments.
Notice how they constantly follow, replace and double up counter melodies that support the vocal.
Spy Tunes version ask the question: does it work on one guitar?