Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Morning Man" by Rupert Holmes

Song#:  0393
Date:  11/08/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  68
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  A year earlier, Holmes got his first and only #1 hit with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" from the album "Partners in Crime." The follow-up album "Adventure" didn't get off to such a remarkable start as this first single could barely get a third of the way up the chart. It did a little better at AC reaching #21.

ReduxReview:  Holmes is a terrific songwriter and this is a good song, but it is really kind of lackluster for radio. It doesn't have that big hooky memorable chorus like his previous hits "Escape" and "Him." This just would not stand out to me if I heard it on the local pop station.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In 1985, Holmes made his Broadway debut as a writer when he penned the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," based on an unfinished murder mystery novel by Charles Dickens. Dickens died before he could write the ending to the book which revealed the killer, so it has been a subject of speculation since his death. The musical is unique in that each night the audience would vote on who they thought the killer was and would do the appropriate ending based on which character got the most votes. Therefore, the show had several endings written that the cast had to be prepared to perform. The play won the Tony award for Best Musical and Holmes himself won Tony's for Best Book and Best Original Score.



  1. Weird. I have a 5 cd set of Rupert Holmes, but this song is so forgettable, I didn't recognize it. I say to this, "meh."

  2. I thought about getting that CD set, but was thinking it might just be too much Holmes.

  3. Chart Run: 85 - 75 - 71 - 70 - 68 - 84 - 95