“(Jump) The Piña Colada Song” by VAN HALEN Vs. RUPERT HOLMES

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Most of us know what a Van Halen is. In case you don’t, Van Halen is a rock and roll band named after lead guitarist, Valerie Bertinelli look alike, Eddie Van Halen. By the way, the two were married from 1981 to 2007.

Most of us don’t know much about Rupert Holmes, which is often the case for a musician who is a one hit wonder. In his heyday, he looked like a younger Charles Nelson Reilly. For those who don’t know Reilly, he was a celebrity in the ’70s, best known for an odd sound effect he would make while adjusting his comically large eyeglasses.

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Never Can Say Goodbye Runnin’ With The Devil by VAN HALEN Vs. THE JACKSON 5 (And How It Happened)

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So unbelievable, it has to be true.

It was a momentous and historic day for the Jackson 5. It was June 1970 in the Hitsville West Studio in L.A. The boys were putting the finishing touches on their latest and greatest single, “Never Can Say Goodbye”. In 1971, it would reach #2 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart. As the brothers prepared to add Michael’s lead vocals, a faceless man slowly materialized in the studio and began to what could best be described, sing.

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