Friday, February 24, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 24

Rupert Holmes was born on February 24, 1947.

Rupert Holmes is Born

You may have wondered “whatever happened that guy who sang about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain,” and you wouldn’t be the only one. The man we know as Rupert Holmes was born David Goldstein in Northwich, Cheshire, England on this day in 1947. Rupert’s family moved to New York City when he was six-years-old. He attended the Manhattan School of Music majoring in clarinet. In 1969, he and Ron Dante (known for being the lead singer of The Archies) formed the band, The Cuff Links and worked on the song, “Jennifer Tomkins,” but since Dante was prohibited by the Archies studio from any involvement with new recording ventures, he had to bow out the pair’s recording project. Holmes released the song under a new band name called The Street People. The song made it on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks in 1970. Holmes' first album, Widescreen, was produced in 1974 and got the attention of Barbra Streisand who used some of the songs for her movie, A Star is Born. He also wrote songs for her Lazy Afternoon album released in 1975. The infamous “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" wasn’t released until 1979 on Holmes 5th album, Partners in Crime. His last album, Full Circle, was released in 1982. Shortly thereafter, Holmes began a career as a playwright. His first musical, Drood, was written in 1985. Since then he has written both plays and musicals with his most recent being writing the book for Secondhand Lions: A New Musical which premiered in Seattle, Washington in 2013.