Him (Rupert Holmes song)

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Single by Rupert Holmes
from the album Partners in Crime
B-side "Get Outta Yourself"
Released January 1980 (1980-01)
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:04 (LP version)
3:36 (7" version)
Label MCA
Writer(s) Rupert Holmes
Producer(s) Rupert Holmes, Jim Boyer
Rupert Holmes singles chronology
"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 suspects that his wife or girlfriend is cheating on him when he discovers a pack of cigarettes that do not belong to him. Although he knows that she will tell him that the unknown other man is "just a friend", nor has he ever seen the alleged other man, the narrator doesn't believe her expected alibi and plans to tell her bluntly, "It's me or it's him."[citation needed]

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[2]

Chart performance[edit]


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