I'm a Christopher Cross fan, and was wondering what's been happening with him. I heard he was ill, but I'm not sure with what. Can you enlighten me?
—Chris Q., Virginia
The singing/songwriting phenomemon from the 1980s is in perfect health and continues to perform in concert. Rumors about his health pop up regularly, possibly because he was everywhere for a period in the 1980s and then just seemed to disappear. With songs like Sailing, Ride Like The Wind, and the Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Cross made a huge impression. He won five Grammys and one Oscar during that period. He worked hard, toured the world, rode the wave of immense popularity all those hits brought him, and then he took a break. While he rested, MTV emerged as a major force in music, and the type of music he created went out of fashion, as did his unglamorous regular-guy look. He didn't make it back onto radio and never became a video star, but he continued to write music and put out albums. Last year, Rhino Records released a greatest hits album, The Very Best of Christopher Cross. Now 51, Cross is married with two children, aged 13 and 9, and enjoys spending time with his family when he is not touring.