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Grammys this Sunday…

The Grammys are on this Sunday. Who will be watching?

I know I will be.

Christopher Cross became in 1981 the first performer to win the Big Four at a single ceremony: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. As the music legend goes, the advent of the video age was not kind to Cross in the following years and he dropped off the music radar.
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I mean, I know I was only 6 years old in 1981, but who was Christopher Cross?

Well, I did some digging and this is what I came up with.

1981 was a very big year for Christopher Cross. His popularity soared with the song he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen (Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband) for the movie Arthur, that co-starred Liza Minnelli and Dudley Moore. I’ve only seen Arthur two or three times, so maybe that’s why I didn’t recognize the connection right away. He won a 1981 Oscar for Best Original Song.

When you get caught…
between the Moon and New York City
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true
If you get caught…
between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do…
The best that you can do…
is fall in love.

Here’s the Arthur trailer, which has the song in it.

If that doesn’t jog your memory, perhaps the next two songs will. As soon as I heard them, I realized that Christopher Cross’ music lives on and it’s too bad his name doesn’t. The release of Cross’ self-titled album that made waves in 1981 at the Grammys surely must have been something to see. On that album the song Sailing propelled Cross into the Yacht Rock musical genre with the likes of Michael MacDonald, Toto and Kenny Loggins. I was gonna link you to the definition at Wikipedia, but instead invite you to Take It To The Street with the face of Yacht Rock, Hollywood Steve. (Because it’s a much better explanation and a MUST CLICK LINK.) Steely Dan, Dooby Brothers, Hall and Oates. Good Times. The song Sailing reminds me of big hair, plastic sunglasses, polka dots, lightning bolts, long tank top cable knit sweaters with big black fake buckled leather belts paired with (clear) jelly shoes. And also thin gold chains, Polo shirts and moustaches on men.

This concludes today’s lesson in Early 80’s Soft Rock Awards. Sponsored in part by Honeycombs, coffee… and me. Enjoy the video’s below, after you check out the MUST CLICK LINK above.

Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross (live on YouTube)

Sailing – Christopher Cross (live on YouTube)

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