Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story, and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1) & Adult Contemporary (#8); 1979

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Prior to this #1 hit in 1979, Rupert Holmes had already made two appearances in the Top 40. In 1970, as a member of Street People, Holmes wrote and performed Jennifer Tomkins (#36). Then, a year later he wrote Timothy – a rather gruesome tale of three men trapped in a mine cavein, from which only two survive – for The Buoys (#17). Through the mid-1970’s Rupert recorded several solo albums and produced Top 10 hits for Sailor and John Miles in his native England. Back in the States, Rupert’s own career was looking up as his recording of Let’s Get Crazy Tonight began climbing the chart in the fall of 1978. Unfortunately, his label folded, taking Tonight down with it. A year later, Rupert returned on a new label and with a new song, Escape, which took him all the way to the top slot.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Rupert Holmes
  • Jim Boyer

Lyrics Written by:

  • Rupert Holmes