Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine (1947–2020) was an English musician, songwriter, and producer who first recorded with David MacIver during the mid-sixties. They cut a 1965 Decca single as Rupert & David and released the 1971 album Pick Up a Bone, produced by Roger Glover on Purple Records.

Hine recorded his 1973 solo album, Unfinished Picture, with backing by future Penguin Cafe arranger Simon Jeffes. He then assembled the jazz-funk combo Quantum Jump, which released the 1976–77 albums Quantum Jump and Barracuda and had a sleeper hit with “The Lone Ranger.”

As a producer, Hine earned credits on late-seventies albums by John G. Perry, Kevin Ayers, Dave Greenslade, Cafe Jacques, and Anthony Phillips.

Hine resumed his solo career with the 1981–83 A&M albums Immunity, Waving Not Drowning, and The Wildest Wish to Fly. He produced albums by Saga and principal client The Fixx, who exposed his sonic techniques to a wider audience.

In 1984, Hine produced albums by Chris De Burgh (Man On the Line), Howard Jones (Human’s Lib), and Tina Turner (Private Dancer), which made him a top-industry soundman. Amid further projects, he cut three albums with the hi-tech studio combo Thinkman.


Early Life

Rupert Neville Hine was born on September 21, 1947, in Wimbledon, London, to Joan (née Harris, a Red Cross nurse and aspiring ballet dancer) and Maurice Hine (a timber merchant and former jazz drummer). Joan encouraged her son to be an architect but young Rupert’s interests lied in cartography (map creation).

At fourteen, Hine played harp in a band at St John’s Catholic Primary School in Horsham. He later attended King’s College in Wimbledon.


Rupert & David

In the mid-sixties, Hine teamed with acoustic guitarist David MacIver-Robinson. As Rupert & David, they played the folk circuit and interacted with Paul Simon during the American’s 1965 London residency (between the first and second Simon & Garfunkel albums).

Rupert & David signed with Decca for the December 1965 single “The Sound of Silence,” a cover of the 1964 Simon & Garfunkel album track (covered just as the remixed original spread on US radio). The b-side, “Reflections of Your Love,” is a Hine–Robinson original. Decca soundman Dick Rowe (Billy Fury, The Bachelors, Them) produced the single, which arranger Mike Leander (Marianne Faithfull) orchestrated with contributions by session bassist Herbie Flowers and a pre-Yardbirds Jimmy Page.

Hine and MacIver continued their writing partnership through a five-year period of odd jobs. In the late sixties, they befriended members of Episode 6, a pop-psych band with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. In mid-1969, Gillan and Glover replaced Rod Evans and Nic Simper in Deep Purple. After the new Purple lineup released two studio albums, they established their own label through EMI. Glover, in his inaugural role as producer, secured a deal for Hine and MacIver.


Pick Up a Bone

Rupert Hine and David MacIver released Pick Up a Bone in the autumn of 1971 on Purple Records. Hine composed the 49-minute set, which features lyrics by MacIver on ten songs. Rupert co-wrote the title track with classical arranger Simon Jeffes, who supplements the duo with assorted guitar (acoustic, electric, slide) and plays saxophone on “Boo Boo’s Faux Pas.”

Pick Up a Bone features fourteen session players with core backing by Pentangle drummer Terry Cox (Elton John, Lesley Duncan, Tudor Lodge, Bread Love & Dreams), Quatermass organist Peter Robinson (Chris Farlowe, Labi Siffre, Shawn Phillips, Zakarrias), and jazz bassist Pete Morgan (Roy Budd, Vigrass & Osborne).

Select tracks feature orchestration by Robinson (“Ass All,” “Medicine Munday”), Cat Stevens arranger Del Newman (“Landscape”), and Elton string director Paul Buckmaster (“Me You Mine,” “Scarecrow,” “Kerosene,” “More Than One”).

1. “Landscape”
2. “Ass All”
3. “Me You Mine”
4. “Scarecrow”
5. “Kerosene”
6. “Running Away”
7. “Medicine Munday”
8. “More Than One, Less Than Five”
9. “Boo Boo’s Faux Pas”
10. “Pick Up a Bone”
11. “Intense Muse”

Roger Glover produced Pick Up a Bone between the 1971–72 Deep Purple albums Fireball and Machine Head. Glover produced subsequent albums by Elf, Nazareth, and Rory Gallagher. The engineer, John Porter, also worked on 1970–71 albums by East of Eden, Hunter Muskett, Procol Harum, Trapeze, Walrus, Strawbs, and Caravan.

Pick Up a Bone was the third Purple Records album release after titles by DP organist Jon Lord (Gemini Suite) and Curtiss Maldoon. In France, Purple lifted “Me You Mine” (b/w “Ass All”) as a single with an illustrated picture sleeve that credits the duo as Mac Iver Hine.


Unfinished Picture

Rupert Hine released his debut solo album, Unfinished Picture, in 1973 on Purple. It features seven songs with lyrics by David MacIver, who doesn’t perform on the album. Hine also co-composed two numbers (“Orange Song,” “Concord”) with Simon Jeffes, who supplements Rupert on guitar and shares four-string duties with recent Gringo bassist (and future Hine bandmate) John G. Perry, who recently joined Caravan in time for their 1973 fifth album For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night.

Unfinished Picture features pianist Steve Nye and four percussionists, including journeyman drummer Mick Waller (Trinity, Jeff Beck Group, Rod Stewart), King Crimson co-founder Michael Giles (McDonald & Giles), and eventual Elton sideman Ray Cooper, who also played on 1972–73 album by David Essex, Harry Nilsson, Joan Armatrading, Lynsey De Paul, Rick Wakeman, Scott Walker, and the Hine-produced Food of Love by Hawaiian singer Yvonne Elliman.

1. “Orange Song”
2. “Doubtfully Grey”
3. “Don’t Be Alarmed”
4. “Where in my Life”
5. “Anvils in Five”
6. “Friends and Lovers’
7. “Move Along”
8. “Concord(e) Pastich(e)”
9. “On The Waterline”

Hine self-produced Unfinished Picture in sequence with Food of Love and the 1973 Dawn release Growing, the second album by Jonesy. Nye served as Rupert’s engineer and teamed with Jeffes in the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Music passages from Unfinished Picture appear in Wheels, a short film by experimental filmmaker Anthony Stern, an early Pink Floyd documentarian who co-developed the non-linear visuals with Syd Barrett.


Immunity

Rupert Hine released his second solo album, Immunity, in 1981 on A&M.


Waving Not Drowning

Rupert Hine released his third solo album, Waving Not Drowning, in 1982 on A&M.


The Wildest Wish to Fly

Rupert Hine released his fourth solo album, The Wildest Wish to Fly, in 1983 on A&M and Island.


Discography:

  • Pick Up a Bone (1971 • Rupert Hine & David Maciver)
  • Unfinished Picture (1973)
  • Immunity (1981)
  • Waving Not Drowning (1982)
  • The Wildest Wish to Fly (1983)
  • The Deep End (1994)

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