Rupert Holmes – “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” – (1979)

This is the song Rupert Holmes is known for and will be remembered for. It came out at a time when soft rock was really big – 1979. This was the final #1 hit of the 1970s. It would re-ascend to the top spot in 1980, becoming the second #1 hit of the 1980s, thus it was a big hit in both decades, although it’s associated more with the 80s, as it received far more airplay in that decade. Holmes complains that this song ruined his career as a songwriter. He would later go on to become a playwright. “If you like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain…” If you ever meet him, offer to buy him a piña colada – I’m sure he loves that (even though he doesn’t actually care for the drink).

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