Rupert Holmes life and biography

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Rupert Holmes biography

Date of birth : 1947-01-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Northwich, Cheshire, England
Nationality : English
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-06-28
Credited as : Composer, singer-songwriter, author of plays, novels Escape

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Rupert Holmes is an American-British composer, singer-songwriter, musician and author of plays, novels and stories. He is best known for his number one pop hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" (1979/1980) and the song "Him", which reached the number 6 position on the Hot 100 U.S. pop chart in 1980.

He is also known for his 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood (originally The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and his 2007 Drama Desk Award-winning book for the Broadway musical Curtains, and for his television series Remember WENN.

Rupert Holmes was born in England, where his father was serving in the U.S. military as a bandleader. After studying clarinet and composing, Holmes started playing bass in a rock band and writing songs. In his 20s he was a session musician who wrote jingles and pop tunes (including for television's The Partridge Family). Holmes released his first album in 1974 and got the attention of Barbra Streisand, who used some of his songs in the movie A Star is Born. His 1979 album, Partners in Crime, yielded the top hits "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" and "Him." In 1986 he won three Tony awards for his Broadway musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and in 1996 he was the creator and writer of the television series, Remember WENN, on American Movie Classics until 1999.


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