Then: Christopher Cross

Smooth American balladeer who dressed up his adult ballads — fit equally for a slow dance or a dentist's office — with soft synthesizer tones. A pessimistic streak marked many of Cross' hits, and he wasn't afraid to get a little serious, as he did on run-for-the-border "Ride Like the Wind." Sample lyric: "There's always someone new / To try and help me forget about you / Time and again it does me no good."
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