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Rupert Holmes
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    (February 24, 1947- )
    Birth name is David Goldstein
    Wrote and played piano on the Top 40 hit 'Timothy' by The Buoys (1971)
    Recorded 'Escape (The Pina Colada Song),' 'Him' and 'Answering Machine'
    Wrote the Tony Award winning Broadway musical 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'
    Created, co-produced and wrote all 56 episodes of the AMC TV series 'Remember WENN' (1996-98)
    Wrote the 2003 Tony nominated Broadway play 'Say Goodnight Gracie' (starring Frank Gorshin as George Burns)
    Wrote the 2003 novel 'Where the Truth Lies' (made into a 2005 movie starring Kevin Bacon)
    He got a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, but dropped out.
    He wrote and arranged songs for the TV show The Partridge Family.
    He wrote songs for Barbra Streisand's smarmy album/movie 'A Star is Born' (and denied sleeping with her).
    He wore custom made 'gold-lapel pimp suits' in the '70s.
    'Escape (The Pina Colada Song)' is about promiscuity and cheating on one's mate.
    The lyric was originally 'If you like Humphrey Bogart,' but he changed it because he felt it fit the song better.
    He hates the taste of pina coladas.
    He has gotten chunky with age.
    He's known his wife (married in 1969) since he was 5 (and she was 4).
    Songs he's written have been recorded by The Platters, The Drifters, Gene Pitney, Dolly Parton and Barry Manilow.
    'Escape' has the distinction of being the last U.S. Billboard Singles song of the 1970's to reach #1.
    He won 3 Tony Awards in 1986 for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' - the only person to win for book, music & lyrics with the same play.
    Shortly after the win, his 10-year-old daughter died of a brain tumor (misdiagnosed as anorexia).
    He wrote 'You Got It All,' which was a #3 hit in 1986 for the family singing group The Jets.

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