Stephen Bishop burst on the scene in 1976 with the release of his debut album Careless, which featured smash hits “On and On” and “Save It For A Rainy Day.” Both the Careless album and his follow up effort, Bish, went gold. With the release of his third album, Red Cab To Manhattan in 1980, Bish took his craft to a whole new level creatively.
When asked about the reissue, Bish replied, “I’m especially excited because Red Cab is my favorite album. It has a lot of variety on it. It has great players including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel. Plus, there are a lot of cool production things including great computerized keyboard work from Mike Mainieri who co-produced the album with Tommy Mottola.”
Bishop grew up in San Diego and discovered his love of music at the age of 12 when he learned to play the clarinet. When his brother gave him a guitar for his 13th birthday, Bishop began writing music – prolifically. At the age of 17 he had already written 200 songs and decided to take his talent to Hollywood. “I ended up walking around Hollywood trying to get a deal and got a songwriting contract with a publisher for $50 a week,” says Bishop. “I was still writing weird songs back then like “There’s A Hair In Your Enchilada” and “She Took All My Kumquats” and I would go to my publisher and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a great song for Cher – “She Took All My Kumquats!’”
He got his first big break when friend Leah Kunkel (Cass Elliot’s sister) gave his tape to Art Garfunkel. “Art ended up doing two of my songs on his Breakaway album and we also started being friends – we’ve been friends for 40 years now.”
In addition to the 18 albums Bishop’s released over the years, he has also performed and/or written numerous songs that have been featured in films including Animal House, The China Syndrome and Tootsie. His music has been recorded by a who’s who of A-list artists including Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler.