Five For Friday: Stephen Bishop (Yacht Rock)

Do you remember the scene in National Lampoon’s Animal House with the guy sitting on the steps of the fraternity house, playing the guitar and singing to a bevy of young ladies, only to have Bluto (John Belushi) grab the guitar from him and smash it to pieces? The young man whose guitar is destroyed is today’s featured artist, Stephen Bishop. Stephen had considerable success on the Adult Contemporary chart in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, both as a performer and as a songwriter who has written songs for Art Garfunkel, Eric Clapton (who considers Bishop one of his favorite singer-songwriters), Barbra Streisand, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur, and Yvonne Elliman, among others. According to his website, he’s still at it, and his most recent album is 2019’s We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car. His Linktree pages has links to all his social media

  1. “Save It For A Rainy Day”: Stephen’s first song to chart in the US (#22 Hot 100, #6 AC) and Canada (#20 RPM Hot Singles, #8 AC) featured Eric Claptoin on guitar and Chaka Khan on backing vocals. From his 1976 album Careless.
  2. “On And On”: Also from Careless, this is his most successful single (#11 US, #2 US AC, #6 Canada, #3 Canadian AC).
  3. “Everybody Needs Love”: From his 1978 release Bish, this finished out of the Top 20 on the main U and Canadian charts, but #5 on the US AC chart and #2 on the Canadian AC chart.
  4. “It Might Be You”: After releasing his third album, Red Cab To Manhattan, in 1980, his career hit a low point, but he stayed busy recording on other people’s albums and writing songs. In 1983, he was asked to record “It Might Be You,” written by Dave Grusin and Alan & Marilyn Bergman for the movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. It reached #1 on both the US and Canadian AC charts and was his last Top 40 single.
  5. “Unfaithfully Yours (One Love)”: Written for the 1984 movie of the same name which starred Dudley Moore and Nastassja Kinski, this song reached #4 on the AC chart in the US the same year.

Stephen Bishop, your Five For Friday, August 7, 2020.

13 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Stephen Bishop (Yacht Rock)

    1. I think he was underappreciated. A lot of people know “On And On” or “It Might Be You” but I suspect there haven’t been many who have gone beyond those.

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