- The Air That I Breathe
Name =The Air That I Breathe
alt Artist =
Star Spangled Springer[http://www.everly.net/file/disco/solo.pdf Phil Everly discography]
Released =June 1973
Recorded =Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, USA
Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood
Label =RCA APL1-0092
next ="Sweet Grass County"
Misc = Infobox Single
Name =The Air That I Breathe
Cover size =
B-side ="No More Riders"
Released =January 1974
Label =Polydor 2058435
Last single ="The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam Mcgee"
This single ="The Air That I Breathe"
Next single ="Son of a Rotten Gambler"
Misc ="The Air That I Breathe" is a song written by
Albert Hammondand Mike Hazelwood, initially recorded by Phil Everlyof the famed Everly Brothers.
It is best remembered as having been a major hit for
The Holliesin 1974, reaching No. 2 in the UK - their last major hit single, apart from a reissue of " He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in 1988 - and No. 6 in the US. "The Air That I Breathe" was engineered by Alan Parsons.
This song is currently featured in a commercial for
Advance Auto Parts.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry", a 2007 film starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, features the Hollies' version of the song when Sandler and James are first introduced to their extremely attractive lawyer Alex, played by Jessica Biel.
The May 2003 series finale of WB's teen drama "
Dawson's Creek", features the Hollies' version of the song when Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) are brought together one last time by handwritten wish of Joey (Katie Holmes), as they realize that their competing affections for Joey have forever destroyed their friendship.
The song appears in the season 2 episode "
Donut Run" of Veronica Mars, when Veronica is mourning the end of her relationship with Duncan.
This song is also played on the 1999 film, "The Virgin Suicides".
*The song was covered by Australian songstress
Olivia Newton-Johnin 1975 on the album " Have You Never Been Mellow".
Hank Williams Jr.covered this song on his 1983 album, "Man of Steel".
Julio Iglesiasoffered his version of the song on 1984's "1100 Bel Air Place".
*In the film version of "
The Little Rascals", released in 1994, the character of Alfalfasings the song during a contest for his sweetheart, Darla.
Barry Manilowcovered the song on his 1996 album, " Summer of '78"
*The song was also covered by
Simply Redin 1998 on the album "Blue".
kd langcovered the track on her 1997 album "Drag".
Jorge González, former leader of the Chilean band Los Prisioneros, covered it as "Necesito poder respirar" (Spanish for "I need to be able to breathe") on his 1999 album " Mi destino".
The Maverickscovered the song on their self-titled 2003 album. Their version peaked at #59 on the " Billboard" Hot Country Songschart.
Tom Fullercovers the song on his 2007 soon-to-be-released album "Abstract Man".
*This song was covered by the group
Radiohead's song Creepborrows heavily from the melody (to the extent that Hammond and Hazelwood were given songwriting credit in the liner notes for the album Pablo Honeyon which the hit single appears).
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