the age of thirteen, Stephen Bishop found himself at a crossroads. A
clarinetist with hopes of becoming a History teacher, he was forever
changed after watching the Beatles one night on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
His brother Denny bought Stephen an electric guitar and a "Mel
Bay" chordbook at the store he worked in, and turned his stereo into an amp so Stephen could play music. He began to learn to play guitar and make up chords as
well, writing his first song, "Surf’s Turf.." a pathetic sounding
intrumental. He formed a band called, "The Weeds" and began to play at
local fraternity parties incorporating his own original songs with
various songs from top 40...
The Weeds won 2nd place at the Claremont Battle of the Bands, prompting
one of the judges to explain that "Stephen Bishop is going to be a big
songwriter someday!" Determined to fulfill that prophesy, Stephen made
the trip to Los Angeles. He walked the streets with his $12 acoustic
guitar, playing songs for various publishers in Hollywood... eventually
landing a publishing deal at $50 a week for E.H.Morris Publishing. One
of his songs was recorded only to be followed by a long wait...many
years went by. At one point, Stephen considered leaving L.A. to return
home and work for his Dad’s Insurance company. Through a good friend,
Art Garfunkel heard some of his new songs and recorded two of them on
his Gold recording, "Breakaway."
He started playing around town singing his songs in person for artists
like, “Barbra Streisand...Bette Midler...Diana Ross." Shortly
thereafter, he was signed to ABC Records who released his first album,
"Careless." His two hits from that album were, "Save It For a Rainy
Day," and "On and On.." Soon the album went gold, as well as his next
He sang the hit theme, "It Might Be You," from the movie, "Tootsie," as
well as writing and/or singing 13 other films including, "Animal House,"
and "Separate Lives.." from "White Nights." His songs have been
performed by artists such as: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra
Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins,
Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad and
He appeared as the "Charming Guitar Player" in "Animal House," wherein
John Belushi slammed his guitar into smithereens in the Toga Party
scene. He appeared as, "Blue London," in Henry Jaglom's, "Someone To
Love." Bishop also appeared in "The Blues Brothers," as a State Trooper.
This last June, he performed at the Library of Congress. In September,
he performed at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York for an event for the
Stephen was nominated for two Grammy’s and awarded an Oscar nomination
for his song, "Separate Lives". His newest album is entitled, "Be Here
Then" is to be released in January 2014...His Website is
stephenbishop.com. In Eric Clapton's autobiography he mentions Stephen
as one of his favorite songwriters..