Cross cleans up
From page 26 of Classic Rock Magazine August 2004
TEXAN SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRISTOPHER CROSS was celebrating this month as ‘Sailing’ (no relation to the Rod Stewart anthem) gave him his first US No.1 single just as his self-titled debut album, the year’s biggest seller, went platinum. Not that the success was any great surprise after Cross walked off with Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year honours at the Grammys.
While some critics insisted The Pretenders should have won the New Artist award, the public clearly felt that Cross – born Christopher Geppert in 1951, and therefore no spring chicken – well deserved the accolade. His album included a host of guest stars including Eagle Don Henley and Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, the latter’s vocal prominent on first hit ‘Ride Like the Wind’, dedicated to late Little Feat founder Lowell George.