Sunday, November 3, 2013

"The One That You Love" by Air Supply

#1 Alert!
 Gold Record Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0605
Date:  05/16/1981
Debut:  59
Peak:  1 (1 week)
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The group's previous album, "Lost In Love," was a smash and featured three Top 10 hits including the title track. That always puts expectations high for the next release and Air Supply did not disappoint. This title track to the album climbed its way to the top and became their first #1 pop hit and second gold record. It also pushed the album into the Top 10, which would be their only studio album to do so.

ReduxReview:  What a big-ass schmaltzy, sentimental song...and I love it! If you are going to do schmaltz, then this is how to do it. This song plus some of Barry Manilow's hits should be the templates on how to write these things. For me, this is the pinnacle of Air Supply songs. It's sappy, dramatic, and for a song of this type, it gets everything lined up and right. And it helps that Russell Hitchcock sings the bejeezus out of it. They would have some other great tunes after this, but would never reach these heights again.


Trivia:  Before Air Supply really hit big in the US, two band members, Jeremy Paul and Mark McEntee, quit and ended up forming a band with singer Chrissy Amphlett and the Divinyls were born. After some initial success, Paul jumped ship and the Amphlett/McEntee duo later hit #4 in 1991 with the infamous "I Touch Myself."


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