The Australian duo Air Supply has been melting hearts and serenading souls since 1975. Just a few years into their career, the band had found themselves in the midst of an incredible run of acclaimed, chart-topping hits. Between 1980’s Lost in Love and 1983’s Greatest Hits collection, the group had a remarkable eight singles break the top five on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Their second such smash, “All Out of Love,” hit No 2, and in particular stands as one of the band’s most enduring, love-sick ballads. On this episode of The Story Behind the Song, Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell connects with host Peter Csathy to tell us all about the rock classic.
Russell explains how he met lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock via Jesus Christ Superstar, chronicles the band’s rise to stardom, and reflects on their pop culture. He also reveals Clive Davis’ role in making the song an international success: “He said, ‘You’ve got to change some of the lyrics you had in the Australian version,’” recalls Russell. “I also knew at that point, if Clive suggested two lines, they were the lines that he wanted. So, I agreed… I changed it, and the rest became history.”
Listen to the full conversation with Graham Russell about the story behind Air Supply’s “All Out of Love” and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights below. Then make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.
Air Supply are in the midst of celebrating their 45th anniversary on “The Lost in Love Experience” tour; get tickets to their upcoming dates here.