Air Supply


Air Supply

Infobox musical artist
Name = Air Supply



Img_capt = Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply, 2006
Img_size = 250
Landscape =
Background = group_or_band
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Origin = Melbourne, Australia
Genre = Soft rock
Years_active = 1975 - Present
Label = Arista, BMG, Giant, EMI, Flashback
Associated_acts =
URL = [http://www.airsupply-online.com/ AirSupply-Online.com]
Current_members = Russell Hitchcock
Graham Russell
Past_members = Chrissie Hammond
Jeremy Paul
Frank Esler-Smith
David Moyse
Rex Goh
David Green
Ralph Cooper

Air Supply is 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) [ [http://www.nndb.com/people/407/000041284/ Graham Russell] NNDB] and Australian lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock (born Russell Charles Hitchcock, 15 June 1949, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

History

Formation

The two met in May 1975 while performing in the Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, "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 self titled 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 played with the original lineup of the Divinyls, led by Chrissie Amphlett and Mark McEntee.)

Eager to prove that they could still succeed as a duo, the group released the album "Love & Other Bruises", which included re-recordings of many of their earlier hits. Although their music met with some success, Graham 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, and Rex Goh (guitars) as well as the rhythm section of David Green (bass) and Ralph Cooper (drums).

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

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" 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 (although barely audible) 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."

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, (Barbra Streisand, the rock band Chicago, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion), with lyrics written by a former girlfriend of Elvis Presley (David Foster's current wife) 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. "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 Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers.

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 Chinese album charts for 16 weeks.

2000s

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".

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

Discography

Albums

* 1976: "Air Supply (album)" [Australian Record Company]
* 1977: "The Whole Thing Started" [Epic Sony]
* 1977: "Love & Other Bruises" [Columbia Records]
* 1979: "Life Support (album)" [Big Time Records] [Rereleased 1996 EMI Australia]
* 1980: "Lost In Love" #22 US [Arista Records]
* 1981: "The One That You Love" #10 US [Arista Records]
* 1982: "Now And Forever" #25 US [Arista Records]
* 1983: "Greatest Hits" #7 US [Arista Records]
* 1983: "Making Love... The Very Best of Air Supply" [Arista Records]
* 1985: "Air Supply" #26 US [Arista Records]
* 1986: "Hearts In Motion" #84 US [Arista Records]
* 1987: "The Christmas Album" [Arista Records]
* 1987: "Russell Hitchcock" (Solo Album) [Arista Records]
* 1991: "The Earth Is..." [Giant Records]
* 1993: "The Vanishing Race" [Giant Records]
* 1995: "News From Nowhere" [Giant Records]
* 1995: "Now and Forever...Greatest Hits Live" [Giant Records]
* 1997: "The Book Of Love" [Giant Records]
* 1999: " The Definitive Collection" [Arista Records]
* 2001: "Yours Truly" [Giant Records]
* 2002: "" [Graham Russell project] [A Nice Pair]
* 2002: "Celestine Travelers" [Graham Russell project] [A Nice Pair]
* 2003: "Across the Concrete Sky" [A Nice Pear]
* 2003: "" [BMG]
* 2004: "Platinum and Gold Collection" [Arista Records]
* 2005: "Love Songs" [Arista Records]
* 2005: "All Out of Love Live" [Cleopatra]
* 2005: "The Singer And The Song" [A Nice Pear]
* 2007: "The Future" [Graham Russell solo project]

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Recordings by others

*In 1980, shortly after the original version of "Lost In Love" was released, Demis Roussos included it as a duet with Florence Warner on his hit album "Man of the World".
*In 1987, American singer Laura Branigan went to #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a recording of "The Power of Love"
*In 1994 Celine Dion recorded "The Power of Love" for her album À l'Olympia.
*In 1998, Air Supply's hit single "Lost In Love" was recorded by New Zealand dance/pop group Deep Obsession. It reached #1 in New Zealand, which was a higher position than Air Supply's original in that country, although it failed to obtain the same popularity overseas.
*In 1999, it was remixed by Grammy Award-winning Cher producer Brian Rawling and released internationally on Deep Obsession's debut album "Infinity".
*In 2003, R&B group Jagged Edge recorded the Air Supply single "All Out of Love".
*In 2005, Carrie Underwood performed "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" during the fourth season of American Idol.
*In 2005, Air Supply's single 'Goodbye' was recorded on Janice Wei's album 'My Love'
*In 2006, Westlife, the internationally popular Irish vocal pop group, recorded "All Out of Love", a duet with Delta Goodrem in the band's latest album, "The Love Album", which debuted at #1 in the UK charts. Another version of the song was covered by Philippine actor Dennis Trillo.
*In 2006, English singer Declan Galbraith recorded "All Out of Love" on his album, "Thank You"
*In 2007, actor John Barrowman recorded "All Out of Love" on his album, "Another Side".
*In 2008, keyboardist Carrigan Chantz recorded "Late Again" on his self-titled debut.

Videos

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

References

External links

* [http://www.airsupplymusic.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/air_supply/artist.jhtml MTV Profile]
* [http://www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com/2006/airsupply_video.php Video clip of Air Supply's performance at the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival]
* [http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/html/20061203T200000-0500_116167_OBS_AIR_SUPPLY_FLOATED_EVERYONE_S_BOAT.asp Highlights of Air Supply's December 2006 concert in Jamaica]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHQtf8qQkc YouTube - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" video"]
* [http://www.believethemovie.com Believe The Movie]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dff0D-2XShs Youtube - "All Out Of Love" video]


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