Christopher Cross: I Filled In For Ritchie Blackmore On Deep Purple’s US Debut

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Did AOR legend Christopher Cross really fill in for Ritchie Blackmore at Deep Purple’s first ever American show? That’s the claim he makes in Greg Prato’s new book about Yacht Rock, which is published this week. The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s tells the story of soft rock through the voices of those who made it, from Walter Becker to Dave Mason and beyond.

In this excerpt, Christopher Cross talks about his grounding in electric guitar, and how he came to fill in for Blackmore at a show at The Jam Factory in San Antonio, Texas. Click here to get the story.

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