Something's Telling Us It Might Be...Stephen Bishop!
Here's some free advice for couples looking to ensure a long and happy marriage before the Big Day: don't let Stephen Bishop sing at your wedding. More specifically, don't let him sing "Separate Lives."
Stephen Bishop in 1977
Bishop wrote the number and did his own take, but it's most recognizable from the version by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin, the theme from the movie White Nights. That song hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1985 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me" from the same movie.
And while the wistful and sad lyrics about a broken love affair seems like an odd choice to perform at a wedding, Collins himself had Bishop do it as his own ceremony. Twice. To two different women.
"Phil rushed up and said in my ear 'Stephen, I want you to do 'Separate Lives.'" And I said 'But Phil, I did it at your last wedding and it didn't go so well.' He said, 'No, I want you to do it again...just don't mention last time!'"
Since that performance, Collins has gotten divorced. Again. Leaving Bishop to wonder about possible supernatural powers.
"I don't know that it's a good omen for me to sing that song at anybody's wedding!" he laughs. "But the royalties were good while they lasted!"
Bishop will be opening for Christopher Cross Thursday evening at Stafford Centre.
As a singer/songwriter/guitarist, Bishop's career stretches back to his 1976 debut, Careless, and spans more than a dozen studio, live and demo records since then. His hits include "On and On," "Save It For a Rainy Day," "Everybody Needs Love," and the theme from the movie Tootsie (which he did not write), "It Might Be You."
His most recent effort is Be Here Then, which is available on iTunes and his Web site. But he says there wasn't anything he wanted to do on purpose with this record so much different from others in his discography.
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