Christopher Cross is 70 this week.
Best known in the UK for his song Arthur’s Theme (Best That you Can Do) from the 1981 film Arthur, Chris was born Christopher Geppert in San Antonio, Texas.
After playing with a local band called Flash, he signed a solo recording contract with Warner Brothers in 1978 and released his debut solo album the following year. and his debut hit single, ride Like the Wind, came in 1980 where it peaked at a lowly number 69 despite featuring Michael McDonald on backing vocals. In 1981, Sailing reached number one in the US, but only number 48 over here.
It was a great year for Christopher as he won Album of the Year, and Sailing won Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year – it also earned him a Grammy award.
He continued to record and released album and in 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album (in America) he toured with Todd Rundgren and Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees.
In 2020, he confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 which affected him so badly that he lost the use of his legs, but was last heard to be recovering well and couldn’t wait to get back on the road.
Let’s remember that Grammy-winning American number one single.