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 1972
Genre
Length 3:40
Label Mums Records 31905
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s) Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld
"The Air That I Breathe"
Air that I breathe hollies single.jpg
Single by The Hollies
from the album Hollies
B-side "No More Riders"
Released UK: January 1974
US: March 1974
Length 4:13
Label UK: Polydor 2058435
US: Epic 5-11100
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s) Ron Richards and the Hollies
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 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 United Kingdom. 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. It proved to be the Hollies' final charting hit in the US.

The 1992 Radiohead song "Creep" uses a similar chord progression and shares some melodic content with "The Air That I Breathe".[3] As a result, Hammond and Hazlewood sued Radiohead for plagiarism and won.[4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Air That I Breathe (original) - Albert Hammond 1972.wmv". YouTube. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 117. 
  3. ^ English, Tim (2007). Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll, p.149. ISBN 9781583480236.
  4. ^ a b Wardle, Ben. "Get off Coldplay's case – similar songs can co-exist peacefully". The Guardian (London). 12 May 2009. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  7. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Air That I Breathe". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 111. 
  10. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 1974 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Phil Everly LP Master Release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  15. ^ "Cilla Black LP Master Release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  16. ^ "Olivia Newton-John LP Master Release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  17. ^ "Champagne LP Master Release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  18. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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