Escape (The Piña Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes – 1979

Rupert Holmes - Escape - 1979The distinction of producing the final #1 US single of the 70s goes to the British-born American singer-songwriter, Rupert Holmes with the rather grating, Escape (The Piña Colada Song).

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  • Rupert Holmes was born in Northwich, in the UK. His family moved to New York when he was six years old.
  • Rupert is best known for that song! Escape (The Piña Colada Song) which, it may surprise you, was not his only hit. He followed it up with “Him”, which peaked at #6 on the US charts.
  • Rupert is also a novelist, composer of musicals and screenwriter. In 1985 his musical Drood (originally The Mystery of Edwin Drood) won a Tony Award. In 2007, he won a Drama Desk Award-for his book for the Broadway musical Curtains. He wrote the television series Remember WENN.
  • On the music side of things, Rupert played piano for The Cuff Links wrote songs for a number of artists including: Gene Pitney, the Platters, the Drifters, Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow and The Partridge Family).

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  • Escape (The Piña Colada Song) was written and recorded by American singer Rupert Holmes.
  • It was released on 21 September 1979 as the lead single from Rupert’s third album, Partners in Crime.
  • Escape (The Piña Colada Song) was the last US #1 single of the 70s. In the first week of the 1980s Escape (The Piña Colada Song), was replaced at #1 by KC and the Sunshine Band’s, Please Don’t Go before returning to #1 for another week.
  • The chorus of the song originally began, “if you like Humphrey Bogart.” Rupert changed it at the last minute with the first cocktail name he could think of.
  • Rupert sees the song as a case of “good news and bad news.” The good news is it made him wealthy and famous. The bad news is, as one of his friends described it,

It is the hit success that ruined his career.

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