Earl Stephen Bishop (born November 14, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and guitarist. His biggest hits include “On and On”, “It Might Be You” and “Save It for a Rainy Day”. He has appeared in and contributed musically to many motion pictures, including National Lampoon’s Animal House.
Bishop was born and raised in San Diego, California, and attended Will C. Crawford High School. Originally a clarinetist, he persuaded his brother to buy him a guitar after seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1967, he formed his first group, the Weeds, a British Invasion-styled band.
After the Weeds folded, Bishop moved to Los Angeles in search of a solo recording contract. During a lean eight-year period, where he was rejected “by nearly every label and producer,” he continued to write songs, eventually landing a $50-a-week job with a publishing house.
Bishop’s break came when a friend, Leah Kunkel, gave Art Garfunkel one of Bishop’s demo tapes. Garfunkel chose two of his songs, “Looking for the Right One” and “The Same Old Tears on a New Background”, to record for the platinum album Breakaway. Via Garfunkel’s patronage, Bishop finally secured a recording contract with ABC Records in 1976.