Rupert Holmes had a nice career going for himself as an songwriter/arranger for such artists as Gene Pitney, Dolly Parton, Wayne Newton, The Partridge Family, The Drifters, The Platters, and Barbara Streisand. He also was involved with a number of studio bands including The Cuff Links and The Street People.
He also released a number of albums himself. His best known release was the single “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).” It was a breezy piece of pop that dominated the radio airwaves as the 1980s dawned. It was a big hit as it became the second number one sone of the 1980s, spending three weeks at the top of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
As the hits stopped he returned to writing. He wrote the BROADWAY Play DROOD, for which he won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score.