Him (Rupert Holmes song)

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Him - Rupert Holmes.jpg
Single by Rupert Holmes
from the album Partners in Crime
B-side"Get Outta Yourself"
ReleasedJanuary 1980 (1980-01)
GenrePop rock, soft rock
Length4:04 (LP version)
3:36 (7" version)
Songwriter(s)Rupert Holmes
Producer(s)Rupert Holmes, Jim Boyer
Rupert Holmes singles chronology
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"
"Answering Machine"
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"
"Answering Machine"

"Him" is a song written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Rupert Holmes. It was released in January 1980 as the second single from the album, Partners in Crime.

The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 on March 29, 1980 and remained at that position for two weeks. It was Holmes' biggest Adult Contemporary hit, peaking at number four in both the United States and Canada.[1]

The song is sung from the point of view of a man who, when he discovers a pack of cigarettes that do not belong to him, suspects that the woman in his life is cheating on him. He has no idea who this other man may be, but he decides he must confront her; he expects her to say that the other man is "just a friend", and plans to tell her bluntly, "It's me or it's him."[citation needed]

In 1980, Holmes re-recorded the song in French under the title "Lui" (MCA 41252)[2] that was backed with an instrumental version of "Guitars" (his previous album had included an English vocal version of the song). The single was released only in Canada by MCA Records Canada. This French version of "Him" ("Lui") has never been released on any vinyl or CD album.

Cover versions[edit]

Mexican singer José José covered "Him" in Spanish as "El" in 1980. Japanese rock group Face to Ace did a cover of the song in 2008.


  • Rupert Holmes – vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone
  • Dean Bailin – guitar
  • Frank Gravis – bass
  • Leo Adamian – drums
  • Peter Gordon – French horn
  • Wayne Andre – trombone
  • Dave Taylor – bass trombone
  • Victoria – percussion
  • Gene Orloff Section – strings[3]

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  2. ^ "Rupert Holmes - 45 Single (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  3. ^ "Rupert Holmes - Partners In Crime (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  4. ^ "Radio2 top 30: 15 oktober 2016 | Radio2". Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  5. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.0272&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.

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