This Day in Pop Culture for August 30

Wes Craven Passes Away
While he was raised in a strict Baptist family and wasn’t allowed to read comic books or see movies, Wes Craven grew up to become a leader in horror movies. His first horror film, The Last House on the Left, was released in 1972 and since then he had a string of hits including A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series. However, many are unaware that occasionally, Craven would dabble outside of the horror genre. In 1986, he directed an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Disney, five episodes of the updated Twilight Zone series and most surprisingly, the Meryl Streep movie, Music of the Heart in 1999. His last film where he worked as director was for Scream 4 in 2011. He passed away on this day in 2015 losing the battle against brain cancer.

Christopher Cross’ Song “Sailing” Hits #1
On this day in 1980, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross rose to the top of the music charts with his first hit, “Sailing.” Up to this point, Cross was a relatively unknown singer. His self-titled album is considered to be one of the biggest soft-rock hits of all time and included “Ride Like the Wind,” (which was actually released before “Sailing”) and featured a backup vocal for Michael McDonald. This fame lead to a sweep of wins at the 1981 Grammy Awards where “Sailing” and Cross won for Best Record, Best Song, Best Album and Best New Artist. Cross’s next hit also came out that year, “Arthur’s Theme” from the movie, Arthur with Dudley Moore. Cross’s next Top 10 hit was “Think of Laura” which came out in 1983 and it was his last.

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