For what it's worth, the most relevant reference in my edition of the
OED goes back to 1884, where "cross-over" denotes a place for shunting
railroad cars from one track to another.

Don Larsson

> Paul Fryer asks:
> >> Can anyone identify the source of the term
> >> "crossover" when applied to the
> >> activities of an artist moving from one genre to
> >> another ?  Or, early uses
> >> of the term ?

Donald F. Larsson
English Department, AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001

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