Christopher Cross was the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads, including the number two hit single "Ride Like the Wind" and the chart-topping "Sailing." He soon scored a second number one as well as an Academy Award with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," which he recorded for the smash Dudley Moore film comedy Arthur. He walked off with five Grammys in 1981, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Seemingly as quickly as he shot to fame, however, his star descended, although he continued recording and touring for years to come. ~ Jason Ankeny
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