Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) - Rupert Holmes (1979)
I never knew much about Rupert Homes until I started doing research for this post (Yes, Wikipedia counts as research!). It turns out the man behind this epochal one-hit wonder was anything but that. Here are the top five things I learned about him today:
1.) He had a top 15 hit with "Jennifer Tomkins" in 1970 as a member of The Street People, a band that morphed from The Cuff Links, which featured Ron Dante, the voice of The Archies.
2.) He played piano on The Buoys' seminal take on cannibalism, "Timothy", itself a top 40 hit.
3.) Rolling Stone once compared him to Bob Dylan, in a review for his sophomore album Rupert Holmes.
4.) He not only wasn't a one-hit wonder as a songwriter and musician, but also as a solo artist. His followup to "Escape", entitled "Him" made it all the way to number six.
5.) He won two Tonys for book and score in 1985 for The Mystery of Edwyn Drood...yes my theatre friends, The Pina Coloda guy wrote that cult classic!
Guys, that was just the first three paragraphs on his wiki page!! It turns out Rupert Holmes is a lot more than this tale of love, boredom and rediscovery!