Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1977 Stephen Bishop – Save It For A Rainy Day

1977 Stephen Bishop – Save It For A Rainy Day

Stephen Bishop grew up in San Diego. After seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, he convinced his brother to buy him a guitar. After learning to play it, he formed his first band in 1967. The Weeds did their best to appear as a British Invasion band.

After the Weeds broke up, Stephen moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career as a songwriter. Not much happened until a friend gave one of Stephen’s demo tapes to Art Garfunkel. Art recorded two of Stephen’s 1975 album, Breakaway. Those recordings helped Stephen finally get a recording contract with ABC Records, and he recorded his first album in 1976.

Stephen’s first single from his debut album was Save It For A Rainy Day. The recording featured a guitar solo by Eric Clapton and backup vocals from Chaka Khan, but the single only reached #22 on the Hot 100 in 1977. The record did better on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart, where it reached #6.

His second single from the album had Andrew Gold on guitar rather than Clapton but did much better on the charts. On And On reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart. The single spent 28 weeks on the Hot 100, an unusually long time for the early seventies.

Stephen appeared in a series of films with cameos where his role was listed as “charming”: “Charming Guy”, “Charming Trooper”, and “Charming G.I.” The most notable was a folk singer listed as “Charming Guy With Guitar” in Animal House. John Belushi smashed a guitar over Stephen’s head in the film; Stephen kept the guitar.

Stephen’s last solo hit came when he recorded the theme song from the film Tootsie. The single It Might Be You peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 in 1983. The record also reached the top of the AC chart.

Stephen had a lot of success as a songwriter. He wrote Separate Lives, which they used in the film White Nights. The single by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1985. The song received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost out to Lionel Richie’s Say You, Say Me (which was from the same film).

He also wrote songs that are part of the soundtracks of at least a half-dozen other films, including Yvonne Elliman’s Your Precious Love from Roadies.

Dozens of artists have recorded other songs Stephen wrote.


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