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Rupert Holmes

A singer/songwriter and poet, Rupert Holmes has performed and written for many music legends, and gained fame on his own with a series of successful pop singles during the 1970s and '80s. Although a reserved playwright and book writer, his contributions to the rock music industry and Broadway have been numerous. Holmes was born in England because of his father's involvement in the U.S. Air Force. After the family moved to New York, Holmes developed an interest in music. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and, after graduation, began seriously considering a career as a songwriter. He played piano with the Cuff Links and the Buoys in the '70s, also arranging and composing songs for Gene Pitney, the Platters, the Drifters, and the Partridge Family. In 1971, at the age of 24, Holmes gained a hit on both the American and U.K. charts with "Timothy."

After this first hit, Holmes decided to pursue a singing career of his own. He released his first album, Widescreen, in 1974, and then produced albums for Barbra Streisand, Sparks, and Sailor. He released several more albums in the '70s, including Rupert Holmes, Singles, and Pursuit of Happiness. The '80s took Holmes into a new realm of success. Although known as a singer/songwriter, he acquired international fame with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" and "Him," which placed on both the U.K. and American charts. It only added to the success of the albums Partners in Crime, Adventure, and Full Circle.

Holmes later turned his attention to Broadway, and became a playwright. His 1986 Broadway musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was the recipient of five Tony Awards. (Two awards, Best Book of a Musical and Original Score, were given to Holmes himself.) He also recorded the theme for the AMC film channel's original series, Remember WENN. Holmes also began work on another musical, The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the Oscar Wilde book of the same name. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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Love this song....no matter how many year pass it still holds true!
fantasia9
SHIVERS
awesome song love these oldies
Less is more turned me on to his style
This song is telling you that the grass is not always greener on the other side. If you have a great woman or man, you should not want to go elsewhere.
IMO, Rupert Holmes' best song is Terminal.
This is a good song but not his greatest, Soap Opera, Him, America's Greatest Pastime and many others. Listened to his since Widescreen since '74
mattanddonna
This is so cheesy it's actually good.
bobwood22
Stephen Bishop was the guy on the stairs in Animal House, not Rupert.
My mother loves this song! I can remember when I was in my late teens (when this was popular) she started drinking pina colada's because she loved the song! LOL! She's almost 70 now & still loves her pina colada's!
The Bio neglected to state: ..was featured in a cameo appearance in National Lampoon's Animal House as the guy on the stairs who had his guitar smashed by John Belushi!!!!! ! !
Hilarious scene....
vcjoseph430
just an AWESOME song!
It's pretty romantic.I wish this song could happen to me.
I love this song!!!
I feel free and young.
jpollack06
my first serious girlfriend's and my song
love this song
Love this guy. His song take me back to a time I thought was lost forever, but now has been found. Love the song; Him
If this guy isn't queer, nobody is.
Get me a Pina Colada and get back in bed.

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