Grammy Awards for best Record, Song, Album, and New Artist in one night!
Christopher Cross’s golden era was between 1979 and 1985 when he released his debut album and Arthur’s Theme which garnered him 5 Grammy Awards in one night!
The same year he also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.
Cross’s career started to decline when he released his third album Every Turn Of The World in 1985 which didn’t make the top 40.
Since then Christopher Cross has released a few more albums that have gained some critical acclaim and he has managed to stay on the road averaging 100 shows/year.
A new studio album is planned to be released in 2010 entitled Dr. Faith upon which his daughter Madison appears as a vocalist.
Co-written with Burt Bacharach
Christopher Cross wrote Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) for the motion picture Arthur which starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli.
The song manages the almost impossible when it captures the emotion of the entire film. Arthur’s Theme was co-written with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen.
Christopher Cross managed to collect the “Big Four” at the Grammy Awards when he won 5 Awards for his debut album Cristopher Cross in 1981, including Best Record, Song, Album, and New Artist.
Only Norah Jones has managed this as a solo artist since.
Arthur’s Theme was an attempt to write “the best song in the world” using the pocket symphony approach previously attempted by Beach Boys, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, The Doobie Brother, Toto, and singers like Michael McDonald.
Unfairly, some of the later bands have been categorized as Yacht Rock, a genre Arthur’s Theme has been listed under exclusively on Wikipedia!
The massive production of Arthur’s Theme should be studied by the aspiring producer to find out how to blend a lot of instruments.
Notice how they constantly follow, replace and double up counter melodies that support the vocal.
Spytunes version asks the question: Does it work on one acoustic guitar?
Arthur’s Theme – Chords
This is a feast of chord progressions, extensions, and clever key changes.
To fully understand this masterpiece you have to name each chord as a Roman numeral and keep track of all of those very clever modulations.
Go to Arthur’s Theme chords.
Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Lyrics
Once in your life you find her,
someone that turns your heart around.
And next thing you know you’re closing down the town.
Wake up and it’s still with you.