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Air Supply

Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply, 2006
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Soft rock
Years active 1975–present
Labels Arista, BMG, Giant, EMI, Flashback
Website AirSupply-Online.com
Members
Russell Hitchcock
Graham Russell
Former members
Chrissie Hammond
Jeremy Paul
Mark McEntee
Frank Esler-Smith
David Moyse
Rex Goh
David Green
Ralph Cooper

Air Supply are a soft rock duo who had a succession of hits worldwide through the late 1970s and early 1980s. It consists of British guitarist and vocalist Graham Russell (born Graham Cyril Russell, 11 June 1950, Sherwood, Nottingham, England, UK)[1] and Australian lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock (born Russell Charles Hitchcock, 15 June 1949, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), plus various accompanying musicians and singers as they hire from time-to-time to augment their sounds.

Contents

History

Formation

The pair of Hitchcock and Russell met in May 1975 while performing in the Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical production, Jesus Christ Superstar. Later that year, the duo, along with Chrissie Hammond and two others, formed "Air Supply" as a five-man group. Hammond left the band and was replaced by Jeremy Paul in time for the group's first Australian hit single, "Love and Other Bruises." It was followed by a debut album that reached gold in Australia, which featured keyboardist/arranger Adrian Scott, drummer Jeff Browne, and guitarist Mark McEntee. Singles during this period included "Empty Pages" and "Do What You Do". The group was invited to open for Rod Stewart during his tour of Australia; he was so impressed with their performance that he invited them to be the opening act during his tour of the United States. During this tour, Jeremy Paul left the band. (He later joined up with fellow Air Supply alumnus Mark McEntee in the original lineup of the Divinyls, fronted by McEntee and Chrissie Amphlett.)

Eager to prove that they could succeed as a duo, Air Supply released the album Love & Other Bruises, which included re-recordings of many of their earlier hits. Although their music met with some success, Russell on the 1995 DVD recalls that he and Hitchcock were so poor that they were reduced to checking the backs of hotel sofas for change so that they could buy bread to make toast.

Hitchcock and Russell started out fresh again in 1978, and the band that was to record almost all of the hit records was formed. It featured Frank Esler-Smith (arranger and keyboardist), David Moyse (guitars; also some bass on early records), and Ralph Cooper (drums); in the early 1980s, the band would be augmented by additional guitarist Rex Goh and bassist David Green.[2][3]

In 1979, the band released Life Support, a concept album that included a picture disc on its first printing. Produced by Charles Fisher, it was recorded in the tiny Trafalgar Studios in Sydney, Australia where, as Graham recalls on the 2005 DVD, he had half an inch between the end of his guitar and the studio wall. It was on this album that a five-and-a-half minute version of "Lost in Love" was introduced to Australian audiences. Written by Russell in fifteen minutes, the song caught the attention of music mogul Clive Davis, and his record label, Arista, remixed the song and released it as a single in the United States.

1980s

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Their 1980 album, Lost in Love, contained three U.S. Top Five singles, including the title track (a U.S. #3), plus "Every Woman in the World" (#5) and "All Out of Love" (#2). The album sold two million copies in the U.S. The following year they released The One That You Love, and the title song was released as a single and went number #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured two other Top 10 hits, "Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)" and "Sweet Dreams". A fourth single "I'll Never Get Enough", co-written by Jeanne Napoli, Gary Portnoy and Judy Quay, was released in Japan and achieved Top 10 status. Their third album, in 1982, Now And Forever, continued the group's popularity with the Top 10 hit, "Even the Nights Are Better" and two top 40 singles "Young Love" and "Two Less Lonely People In The World". In 1983, they released their "Greatest Hits" album with a new single called "Making Love out of Nothing at All" written by Jim Steinman. The song was one of their biggest hits ever spending three weeks at number 2, and the album eventually sold 5 million copies.

In 1984, their song "I Can Wait Forever" was included in a scene in the blockbuster movie Ghostbusters, and was included on the soundtrack album.

Air Supply released their first live video, Air Supply Live in Hawaii. In 1985, they had one semi-major Billboard hit with "Just As I Am" and a couple of minor hits. Russell and Hitchcock recorded a 1987 Christmas album before taking a break from studio recordings. During this time, Russell Hitchcock released his self-titled album in 1988 which was not a big seller. However, he did have the single "Swear To Your Heart" in 1990 from the movie soundtrack for Arachnophobia which received significant airplay.

1990s

On August 21, 1989, using their old producer and welcoming the return of drummer Ralph Cooper, the duo decided to enter the studio again to record The Earth Is, which was released in 1991 by Giant Records under Warner Brothers. The recording contains their hit single "Without You," along with singles for "Stronger Than the Night" (with a music video announcing that Air Supply was back) and "Stop the Tears." Inside the album is a note about Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell's original Musical Director of their meeting place during Jesus Christ Superstar (and long time Band Member/Orchestrator): "This Album is Dedicated to the Memory of Frank Esler-Smith." Esler-Smith had died earlier that year (1991) from pneumonia.

The official fan club released The Earth Is World Tour video, a rare collector's item that contains live footage from the band's global tour in support of the album.

The album was followed by The Vanishing Race in 1993, which was supported by the hit single "Goodbye" produced by David Foster, with lyrics by Linda Thompson--which, although not popular in the United States, was critically praised and gained a large following outside the country, especially in Asia where in many countries they would reach number #1. This would lead to another world tour in 1993 which included Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith. "It's Never Too Late" was another single released from the Vanishing Race. The album itself was dedicated to the plight of the American Indians, the "Vanishing Race" of the album's title.

Their third album of the decade, News from Nowhere, was released in 1995. It contained the Asian hit singles "Someone", "Always", and a cover of "Unchained Melody", a song made famous by Al Hibbler.

Their popularity continued to soar in Southeast Asian countries, culminating in the release of Now and Forever: Greatest Hits Live, a CD and DVD recording of a live concert in Taipei, Taiwan, also in 1995, which stayed at the top of the Taiwanese album charts for 16 weeks.

2000s

Air Supply at the Subic Convention Center, Philippines on June 12, 2008.
Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply at the Max Pavilion in Singapore, June 19, 2009.

They continued to tour heavily throughout Asia and in select venues in the U.S. as well as record into the new millennium, releasing the more adult contemporary-titled The Book of Love (1997), Yours Truly (2001), and Across the Concrete Sky (2003). In 2005 they once again released a live CD/DVD recording; also in 2005 they performed in Havana, Cuba, becoming one of the first foreign bands invited to perform in the country. They were booked to perform two concerts, and played the first show on July 7, the day before Hurricane Dennis hit the country. In high winds their first concert had an audience of 175,000. Due to the hurricane they could not play the second show. Fans staying at the same hotel as Air Supply on July 8 had to be content with Graham performing acoustically for them, as there was no electricity.

Their songs were featured in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Wedding Date.

In 2006 they released an acoustic album, The Singer and the Song, and are gearing up for the release of their first studio album in three years, Zed. In support of the acoustic album they made their first trip to India in May 2006. December 2, 2006 saw the duo perform to a capacity crowd in Kingston, Jamaica. This was their second visit to Jamaica, having performed at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in January 2006. They also have been seen endorsing Time–Life's Classic Soft-Rock Collection. In 2007, Graham Russell released his first adult contemporary solo album called The Future.

Russell recently made an appearance in Believe, a comedy about Multi-Level Marketing.

In 2008, Air Supply was named as the number 83 best musical act of all time in the Billboard Hot 100's 50 year anniversary edition. This was based purely on their performance on the charts.

They appeared on the December 19, 2008, edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics.

A new album is scheduled for US release on May 4, 2010. [4]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Label
1976 Air Supply Australian Record Company
1977 The Whole Thing Started Epic/Sony
Love & Other Bruises Columbia Records
1979 Life Support Big Time Records (Rereleased 1996 by EMI Australia)
1980 Lost in Love (#22 US) Arista Records
1981 The One That You Love (#10 US)
1982 Now and Forever (#25 US)
1983 Greatest Hits (#7 US)
Making Love... The Very Best of Air Supply
1985 Air Supply (#26 US)
1986 Hearts in Motion (#84 US)
1987 The Christmas Album
1988 Russell Hitchcock (Russell Hitchcock solo album)
1991 The Earth Is... Giant Records
1993 The Vanishing Race
1995 News from Nowhere
Now and Forever...Greatest Hits Live (#1 China)
1997 The Book of Love
1999 The Definitive Collection Arista Records
2001 Yours Truly Giant Records
Sweet Dreams BMG
2002 The Heart of the Rose: A Rock Opera (Graham Russell solo album) A Nice Pair
Celestine Travelers (Graham Russell solo album)
2003 Across the Concrete Sky
Ultimate Air Supply Arista Records
Forever Love: 36 Greatest Hits BMG
2004 Platinum and Gold Collection Arista Records
2005 Love Songs
All Out of Love Live Cleopatra Records
The Singer and the Song A Nice Pear
2007 The Future (Graham Russell solo album)
2008 Take Time (Russell Hitchcock solo album)
2009 Mumbo Jumbo A Nice Pear

Singles

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. A.C. UK singles Album
1980 "Lost in Love" 3 1 Lost In Love
"All Out of Love" 2 5 11
"Every Woman in the World" 5 2
1981 "The One That You Love" 1 2 The One That You Love
"Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)" 5 1
1982 "Sweet Dreams" 5 4
"Even the Nights Are Better" 5 1 44 Now And Forever
1983 "Young Love" 38 13
"Two Less Lonely People in the World" 38 4
"Making Love Out of Nothing at All" 2 2 80 Making Love... The Very Best of Air Supply
1985 "Just As I Am" 19 3 Air Supply
"The Power of Love (You Are My Lady)" 68 13
1986 "Lonely Is the Night" 76 12 Hearts in Motion
1991 "Without You" - 48 The Earth Is...
1993 "Goodbye" 86 35 66 The Vanishing Race
1995 "Someone" 60 News From Nowhere
1995 "The Way I Feel" (#1 China) Now and Forever...Greatest Hits Live

Recordings by others

Music videos

Year Title
1976 "Love and Other Bruises"
1977 "Bring Out the Magic"
1980 "Lost in Love"
"All Out Of Love"
"Every Woman in the World"
1981 "Even the Nights Are Better"
"Young Love"
1982 "Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)"
"Keeping the Love Alive
"The One That You Love"
1983 "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"
1985 "Just As I Am"
"The Power Of Love"
1986 "Lonely is the Night"
"One More Chance"
1991 "Stronger Than the Night"
"Without You"
"Stop the Tears"
1993 "It's Never Too Late"
"Goodbye"
1995 "Someone"
"Unchained Melody"
"Always"
1997 "Strong Strong Wind"
2001 "You Are the Reason"

References

External links


Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock in 2006]] Air Supply is a pop music singing group. They formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1976.

The current members are Russell Hitchcock (born June 15, 1949 in Melbourne) and Graham Russell (born June 1, 1950 in Nottingham, England). In 1981 they got with their song "The One That You Love" a number one hit in the United States. They had their most popular times during the early 1980s.








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