Saturday, February 9, 1980

Air Supply's “Lost in Love” charted in the U.S.

Lost in Love

Air Supply

Writer(s): Graham Russell (see lyrics here)

First Charted: February 9, 1980

Peak: 3 US, 2 CB, 3 GR, 3 HR, 2 RR, 16 AC, 4 CN, 13 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 44.28 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

In the early ‘80s, the band Air Supply personified the term “soft rock.” They landed ten top-five hits from 1980 to 1983, all of which achieved the same lofty status on the adult contemporary chart. The band formed in 1975 after Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell met while performing in an Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. They released four albums in Australia, the last being an album called Life Support in 1979. The album featured the song “Lost in Love,” which reached #13 in Australia.

That album didn’t gain them an audience outside Australia, but “Lost in Love” became an international hit when Air Supply re-recorded it for their 1980 album of the same name. Legendary record executive Clive Davis bought the rights to the song for Arista Records. Air Supply’s Graham Russell said he was broke at the time and couldn’t believe it when he read a review in Cash Box saying the song was “destined to go all the way to top 5.” SF It got to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was followed by “All Out of Love” (#2) and “Every Woman in the World” (#5).

Cash Box described the song as “soft rock with elegant acoustic guitar work, glistening harmonies, light rhythm and electric piano touches.” WK Russell wrote it in about fifteen minutes. He said, “when that inspiration comes, it comes very quickly...When a song is coming I get a weird feeling, and then I kind of drift somewhere on my own to think about it. But when I actually play the piano or pick the guitar up, it’ll come really quickly.” SF

He also explained, “My songs, too, are very simple….My songs are really straight ahead, real simple chords, the simpler the better. So a song like ‘Lost in Love’ with four chords, there’s only two parts to it. There’s really no chorus. There’s just a verse and a bridge. So something like that shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to write, you know.” SF

On a personal note, the song appeared on my first personal chart (September 18, 1982), which was initially intended to be a list of my favorite all-time songs, but blossomed into a weekly a chart which I maintained for roughly ten years.


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