The Air That I Breathe

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"The Air That I Breathe"
Song by Albert Hammond from the album It Never Rains in Southern California
Released June 1973
Recorded Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, USA
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:40
Label RCA APL1-0092
Writer Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
It Never Rains in Southern California track listing
"The Air That I Breathe"
(1)
"Sweet Grass County"
(2)
"The Air That I Breathe"
Single by The Hollies
B-side "No More Riders"
Released UK: January 1974
US: March 1974
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:13
Label UK: Polydor 2058435
US: Epic 5-11100
The Hollies singles chronology
"The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam Mcgee"
(1973)
"The Air That I Breathe"
(1974)
"Son of a Rotten Gambler"
(1974)

"The Air That I Breathe" is a ballad written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, initially recorded by Albert Hammond on his 1972 album It Never Rains in Southern California.[1]

History[edit]

This song was a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching number two in the U.K.. In the summer of 1974, the song reached number six in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2] In Canada, the song peaked at number five on the RPM Magazine charts. The audio engineering for "The Air That I Breathe" was done by Alan Parsons.

In the 1990s, Radiohead recycled the chord progression on their song "Creep", and the group co-credited the track to Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood after getting sued.

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Air That I Breathe (original version)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 117. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  4. ^ Wardle, Ben. "Get off Coldplay's case – similar songs can co-exist peacefully". Guardian.co.uk. 12 May 2009. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.