What was with all the flamingo imagery on Christopher Cross's albums, and just what the hell was between the moon and New York City that made us want to fall in love? The San Antonio native (and tight bro with Michael McDonald) was one of the '80s' greatest soft-rock success stories, but was undone by the increasingly image-hungry landscape that came with the rise of MTV. Cross was a bigger guy, sort of a cross between Meat Loaf and the Minutemen's D. Boon, with the voice of an angel. His 1979 self-titled album came preloaded with three schmaltzy but catchy hit singles in "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind" and "Never Be the Same." Co-written by Cross, Burt Bacharach and two others, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," from the 1981 film starring Dudley Moore, won an Oscar for "Best Song" and remains Cross's most enduring hit. His 1983 follow-up album, Another Page, only birthed one single in "Think of Laura." Cross has never quite had the success of those first five years, but continues touring to this day.
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