RUPERT HOLMES was born in 1947 in Cheshire, to a British mother and an American Air Force father who was serving in Britain as a bandleader. In New York, after studying clarinet and composing, Holmes started playing bass in a rock band and writing songs. In his 20s he was a session musician, writing jingles and pop songs, including several for the television series The Partridge Family. A successful piano player for both the Cuff Links and the Buoys, with whom he had his first international hit, Timothy, in 1971, Rupert also wrote and arranged tracks for Gene Pitney, the Platters and the Drifters. Holmes released his first solo album in 1974, gaining the attention of Barbara Streisand, who used his songs in the movie A Star is Born. His 1979 album, Partners in Crime, yielded the top hits Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and Him. In 1986 Rupert Holmes made history, winning Tony awards for the book, music and lyrics of the same production, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The London version starred Ernie Wise and Lulu. Following a succession of plays and albums, in 1996 Holmes was the creator and writer of the television series, Remember WENN, on American Movie Classics until 1999. He is currently working on musical versions of 1960s soap Dark Shadows, his own book Marty and The Picture of Dorian Gray, the first act of which was premiered in The British Library to coincide with the Oscar Wilde centenary in 2000.


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