It’s pretty much common knowledge that Rupert Holmes, the Tony-winning playwright whose All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is onstage this month at freeFall Theatre, began his career as a singer/songwriter. He is the very same Rupert Holmes whose catchy “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” topped the pop charts in 1979.
What’s less known is that Holmes first hit the “big time” years earlier. At 21, his song “Timothy” made the Top 20, recorded by an obscure Pennsylvania group called the Buoys. In the narrative, sung over a swinging country/rock beat, the narrator describes a mine collapse in which he and two other workers – Joe and Tim - were trapped underground, slowly starving to death.