Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/2/2010

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Where In The World Is.........Rupert Holmes?

Rupert Holmes can be called a true Renaissance man, having sung and written numerous hit songs for multiple artists as well as several of his own, written and composed the scores for numerous Broadway musicals, authoring several books, and writing for a TV series.  He also holds a very interesting record in Billboard chart history, being the only artist to ever have the same song hit #1 in TWO different decades! 

His career began as a session musician, ultimately becoming involved with both The Cuff Links and The Buoys, who had several hits in the early 70's.  He also wrote songs for a roster of artists including The Platters, The Drifters, Wayne Newton, and The Partridge Family.  His first breakthrough as a solo artist came with the album Widescreen in 1974.  Barbra Streisand became a huge fan of that album, using several of its songs in the movie A Star Is Born.  After a few commercially unsuccessful albums, Holmes had his "lightning in a bottle" moment.

His fifth album, Partners In Crime, contained a song about a man and his girlfriend who rediscover their love for each other while searching for new love via the personal ads.  "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" sent the 70's out with a bang for Rupert Holmes.  It was the last #1 song of the 70's.  After being bumped from the top spot for one week by KC & The Sunshine Band's "Please Don't Go", it went back to #1 for the week of January 12, 1980, making Rupert Holmes the only artist to hit #1 in two different decades with the same song! 

Holmes followed that success with several other hits from that album, including "Him" and "Answering Machine", and continued his songwriting success for other artists with "You Got It All", a smash for the 80's family act The Jets.  Once he permanently fell off the charts as a solo act, he spent most of the 80's and 90's playing comedy clubs and cabarets. 

Rupert Holmes continues to be one of the most prolific artists in show business.  He has been a hugely successful playwright, with his first big Broadway hit being The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1985.  Other hit theater productions written by Holmes include Say Goodnight, Gracie, Accomplice, Thumbs, and Solitary Confinement.  He also became a successful writer for the TV screen, creating the series Remember WENN for the American Movie Classics channel (now AMC) and writing all 56 episodes.  In 2003, he became a published novelist, writing Where The Truth Lies.  His latest book, The McMasters Guide To Homicide: Murder Your Employer, is scheduled for release later this year. 

Don't call it a "comeback", 'cause Rupert Holmes never really went anywhere!  He just never had another hit like this.  From an appearance on The Midnight Special in 1980.......

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Burning Question of the Day

The debut episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975 featured two musical guests.  Who were they?

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

Following the death of Roy Orbison in 1988, which artist had Tom Petty recruited to replace him as a member of the Traveling Wilburys?  (Hint.....this artist died himself before doing any recording w/ the Wilburys)

Answer: Del Shannon


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