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Think Of Laura by Christopher Cross

Album: Another PageReleased: 1983Charted:
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  • Christopher Cross wrote this song about Laura Coffin Carter, an 18-year-old student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio who was killed by a stray bullet on April 17, 1982. She was riding in a car with her parents and three friends when gunfire broke out a block away and the bullet hit her in the chest.

    Cross was dating Paige McNinch, who was Laura's best friend and one of her sorority sisters. He wrote this song to honor Laura's memory:

    A friend of a friend, a friend to the end
    That's the kind of girl she was
    Taken away so young
    Taken away without a warning

    Think of Laura but laugh, don't cry
    I know she'd want it that way
  • Cross released this song on his second album, Another Page, in January 1983. Later that year, the song was used on the popular soap opera General Hospital as the love theme for the characters Luke and Laura, who were arguably the most well known of all daytime TV couples - their 1981 wedding was the highest-rated episode in American soap opera history. Its use on the show vaulted the song up the charts, and in February 1984 it reached #9 on the US Hot 100 and went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it stayed for four weeks.
  • Boyz II Men recorded a new version of this song called "Think of Aaliyah (The Aaliyah Song)" in honor of the singer Aaliyah after she died in 2001. The song was never officially released, but appeared on various download sites and can be found on YouTube.
  • This wasn't the first song General Hospital pushed up the charts. In 1979, the Herb Alpert song "Rise" was used in a scene (and subsequent flashbacks) where Luke rapes Laura (yes, that's how their story arc started - strange things happened on daytime TV), sending it to #1 in the US. In 1982, "Baby, Come To Me" by Patti Austin and James Ingram stalled at #73 US, but when the show started using it for Luke and Laura scenes, it revived the song, which made #1 in February 1983.
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Comments: 7

Laura Coffin Carter was the 18 y/o woman this song was written in honor of. She was the only daughter of Edward Carols Carter, a professor and author, and Teresa Howard Carter, an archaeologist.Mike - Santa Barbara
The singer said himself that Laura was a very good friend of his who died very early but was someone who just knew how to feel happiness.Rene - Vargem Grande Paulista - Sao Paulo - Brasil
Lalah,

Genie Francis first left the show in January 1982 which was when her character was abducted and presumed dead. The song, "Think of Laura", was not released until the fall of 1983. When Genie Francis made her dramatic return to the show in November 1983, this song featured prominently in that storyline. It was then that the song became a hit.
Matt - Dalton, Pa
What a fabulous way to pay tribute to someone you cared about. This song is so beautiful it makes me feel like I knew her myself. By far one of the most beautiful voices as well. Bravo!Kel - Kansas City, Mo
I remember walking on the playground at recess in fifth grade listening to this song on my Walkman and crying. I knew at even that age that this song was about someone very special that the writer had lost and he wrote this song to have everyone remember her the way he did.Miz Lady - Oakland, Ca
When I was going to college, a fellow education student by the name of Laura was killed in a VERY stupid off-road vehicle accident that wasn't her fault. She was one of those people who was a friend to everyone and she always had a smile. It was senseless. I got to write a guest column for the school newspaper and I divided my thoughts up in the column with lyrics from this great song. It really helped the campus learn what a great person she was.Mike - Hastings, Ne
I'm not certain but wasn't this song used so Genie Francis could exit General Hospital at the height of her popularity? When her character was "abducted" in came two new actresses, playing sisters, Demi Moor and Jenine Turner. Then the song was given a reprieve so Genie could return as a guest or else that's when it was played. Anybody? Anyway, I was hooked on the show from the time Laura stole Scotty from Luke's sister, Bobbie. It took moving to Alaska when TV was two weeks behind the rest of the US to lose interest. For two weeks I knew what was going to happen then I found a job and didn't have time to watch anymore. I'm glad this song gets air time.Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
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