Day 9: The Coronavirus Countdown - 100 Days of Great Music

Chuck Cox's mother used to work in the apartment management/leasing business, and once upon a time, she rented an apartment to Christopher Cross. True story, and for a little while, he was their neighbor.

Fast forward three or four decades, and Cross is one of the notable musical entertainers who has acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus. From the sound of it, it's hit him pretty hard.

He's never been a favorite of critics, but his 1979 eponymous debut was mostly applauded and featured hits like "Sailing" and "Ride Like The Wind." That's your bonus pick for the day, but we've also got two solid picks below for your daily listening that we think you'll enjoy.

- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb



The Joshua Tree (1987)

Why I Love It

This is one of the most special albums on my list, and I assure you it would be in my all-time top 10 of greatest records.

Released my senior year of high school, this album always takes me back to those days and makes me smile. It's also, in my opinion, a perfect album from start to finish. Best of luck picking a favorite track — they're all great.

Album Highlights

"Where the Streets Have No Name," "Running to Stand Still" and "Red Hill Mining Town"

Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day

One of those monster albums that is still relevant more than three decades after its release and will continue to be another three decades from now. And while the hits deserve your attention - songs like "Where The Streets Have No Name,"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With Or Without You" - Chuck is wise to direct you to some of the album cuts as well. There isn't a bad track on the whole album.


Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

The Byrds (1968)

Why I Love It

With a big assist from Gram Parsons, The Byrds jumped into the deep end of the country-rock pool on this album after flirting with the sound on earlier efforts. It's not too different from what Parsons was doing earlier with the International Submarine Band, but in this case, he had the muscle of a rock band that had already enjoyed considerable success to work with. The influence of this album would prove to be immeasurable - both of his Byrd-mates Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman would continue to mine the country-rock vein for years to come, and Hillman would eventually front The Desert Rose Band in the '80s enjoying a string of Top 10 country hits. So while country-rock may not have started here, it certainly is the album that proved it could be a viable, commercial sub-genre in the decades that followed.

Album Highlights

"You Ain't Going Nowhere," "The Christian Life" and "Hickory Wind"

Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day

You'll get no argument from me here. The Byrds covering country classics and Bob Dylan tunes is one of the best left turns in music history. This is an undeniable classic that was massively influential.

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