Posted on: June 5th, 2018 10:28 am
In 1975, Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12th the first day of rehearsals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for the Beatles and of course singing.
They made a demo on a cassette, of two songs, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘If You Knew Me’ and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down, but one – CBS Records who admired their unique style. They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the National charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the US and Canada playing all the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the US market.
Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, ‘Lost in Love’ became the fastest selling single in the world and leaped to the top of the all the charts. Now Air Supply were on their way. The second single was ‘All Out of Love’ and that went up the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled the Beatle’s run of consecutive top five singles. The albums ‘Lost in Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Now & Forever’ and ‘The Greatest Hits’ sold in excess of 20 million copies. ‘Lost in Love’ was named “song of the year” in 1980, and with the other singles sold over 10 million copies.
In July 2005, their live DVD, ‘It Was 30 Years Ago Today’ celebrates 30 years of success around the world. In fall 2005 an acoustic DVD/CD will be released called ‘The Singer and the Song’. Their next studio CD is near to completion with all new and original songs that encompass a unique theatrical theme that will show a different side of Air Supply. It was July 2005 that Air Supply smashed attendance records when in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people.
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