On 5th December 2015 an array of musical talent, music associates, friends and family gathered at Metropolis Studios, London, to celebrate Rupert’s 50th year in the music business.

On 5th December 1965, the UK No.1 song was "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles, in the USA it was "Turn, Turn, Turn" by the the Byrds and Rupert Hine - as one half of Rupert & David (MacIver) - was recording his first single, Paul Simon’s “Sound of Silence”. The rest, as they say, is history.

Rupert's has been a journey of many accomplishments setting him apart from so many others in the crazy and unpredictable world that is the business of music; a continuance to discover, support, encourage and develop others, something that speaks volumes about his character and genuine love of creativity. An inspiring individual, still inspiring, still encouraging.

Throughout his illustrious career, Rupert has been supported by "The Curious Kind" - a staunch group of RH supporters who have listened, nudged, and commented for many years...

The Tributes

Those who could not join the celebration sent video tributes that were played on the night - read on for a selection of tributes that Rupert received from special friends around the world.

Bob Geldof

"Boy does your life bear looking back upon…you’re still knee deep in the industry..how did you encompass the entire age of British Rock and Roll from its very inception to its end…that’s the arc of a life, an extraordinary life…one entirely dedicated to music and creativity and not just your own…every fibre of your being throbs to some sort of secret musical note that only you have…what a kind man, what a lovely man, what a nice man, what a career, what an artist, what a songwriter, what a profound musician…what an extraordinary musical thing you are…”

Bob Geldof

"Boy does your life bear looking back upon…you’re still knee deep in the industry..how did you encompass the entire age of British Rock and Roll from its very inception to its end…that’s the arc of a life, an extraordinary life…one entirely dedicated to music and creativity and not just your own…every fibre of your being throbs to some sort of secret musical note that only you have…what a kind man, what a lovely man, what a nice man, what a career, what an artist, what a songwriter, what a profound musician…what an extraordinary musical thing you are…”


Kevin Godley

"Had he not had the tenacity, talent wit and imagination to put it together I don’t think the project would have come together…It’s one of the most important things I’ve ever done…”


Peter Gabriel

"You’ve done some extraordinary work, been a help to us…and great for us to be able to help you, too…”

Peter Gabriel

"You’ve done some extraordinary work, been a help to us…and great for us to be able to help you, too…”


Roger Davies (Manager, Tina Turner)

“We have had some great times making music with Tina…a pleasure working with you and Tina on Break Every Rule which was a very important track for us…”


Stephen Fry

“You are one of the most extraordinary figures in British music - there’s barely a sentient or talented act on whom you haven't sprinkled your fairy dust …that’s why we haven’t worked together - because I have Van Gogh’s ear for music…”

Stephen Fry

“You are one of the most extraordinary figures in British music - there’s barely a sentient or talented act on whom you haven't sprinkled your fairy dust …that’s why we haven’t worked together - because I have Van Gogh’s ear for music…”


Paul Carrack

“We all love you not just because of your fantastic contribution to music over 50s years…but because you’re such a lovely bloke…”


Milla Jovovich

“…You are such a wonderful person, I feel so honoured to have worked with you, know you and count you as a friend…”

Milla Jovovich

“…You are such a wonderful person, I feel so honoured to have worked with you, know you and count you as a friend…”


Cy Curnin (Fixx)

“…You gave us such clarity, the essence of what our message was, and greatly improved it…it’s an example I’ve taken with me for everything I do in my life: "How would Rupert have approached it?"”


Tim Arlon (T D Lind)

“…You are an absolute legend, inspiration, great friend….”

Tim Arlon (T D Lind)

“…You are an absolute legend, inspiration, great friend….”


Jameson Burt (Musician/Songwriter)

“I can’t tell you how many times that I’m in a conversation with someone about art, or music, or life, and I find myself bringing up something that you taught me…”


Nicholas Fiszman (Artist)

“Love You Roop”

Nicholas Fiszman (Artist)

“Love You Roop”


Noa and Gil (Artists)

“We appreciate so much everything you've done for us, and with us.  You’re a great person and wonderful musician and great inspiration…”


Phil Harrington (YouBloom)

“…Here’s to your many accomplishments, great kindness and generosity to me…”

Phil Harrington (YouBloom)

“…Here’s to your many accomplishments, great kindness and generosity to me…”


Hartwig Mensch (Head of BMG)

“…thank you so much for being a friend, sounding board, and advisor…”


John Quinn (Song Writing Charity)

“…through the art and craft of songwriting and musical creativity, the very things that mean so much to you as a professional. Thank you for being our patron…”

John Quinn (Song Writing Charity)

“…through the art and craft of songwriting and musical creativity, the very things that mean so much to you as a professional. Thank you for being our patron…”


Peter Kelsey (Record Producer)

“…You are one of the most Inventive and innovative producers I know…”


Steve Negus (Saga)

…I did a lot of work with Rupert at Farmyard … I look back fondly on our days in the studio…”

Steve Negus (Saga)

…I did a lot of work with Rupert at Farmyard … I look back fondly on our days in the studio…”


Michael Todd (ASCAP)

“…Your work has touched so many millions of lives across several generations and you continue to do so…”


Geddy Lee (Rush)

“…Congratulations from Alex, Neil, and myself…sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate with you”

Geddy Lee (Rush)

“…Congratulations from Alex, Neil, and myself…sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate with you”


Nigel Grainge (Record Exec)

“…I’ve know you 35 years maybe longer…keep up the good work”


Adam Zelkind (Musician & Composer)

“…You’re awesome and I love you”

Adam Zelkind (Musician & Composer)

“…You’re awesome and I love you”


Anthony Philips (Musician)

“I’ve yet to work with a more affable, patient, funny and bloody good producer…”


The illustration below is from an original design by artist Shaun Keefe commemorating this significant milestone in Rupert's career. A limited edition - 200 A3 posters, kindly printed by www.wedoprint.org.uk - was signed by Rupert and only a few now remain. If you would like to own one please make a donation to www.songwritingcharity.org*, of which Rupert is a Patron and get in touch via the "contact page". YOUR support will be much appreciated.

*supporting, empowering and encouraging children and young people through the art of songwriting and music.