The group was invited to open for Rod Stewart during his tour of Australia; he was so impressed with their performance that he invited them to be the opening act during his tour of the United States. During this tour, Jeremy Paul left the band. (He later joined up with fellow Air Supply alumnus Mark McEntee in the original lineup of the Divinyls, fronted by McEntee and Chrissie Amphlett.)
Eager to prove that they could succeed as a duo, Air Supply released the album Love & Other Bruises, which included re-recordings of many of their earlier hits. Although their music met with some success, Russell on the 1995 DVD recalls that he and Hitchcock were so poor that they were reduced to checking the backs of hotel sofas for change so that they could buy bread to make toast.
Hitchcock and Russell started out fresh again in 1978, and the band that was to record almost all of the hit records was formed. It featured Frank Esler-Smith (arranger and keyboardist), David Moyse (guitars; also some bass on early records), and Ralph Cooper (drums); in the early 1980s, the band would be augmented by additional guitarist Rex Goh and bassist David Green.
The song was one of their biggest hits ever spending three weeks at number 2, and the album eventually sold 5 million copies. In 1984, their song "I Can Wait Forever" was included in a scene in the blockbuster movie Ghostbusters, and was included on the soundtrack album.
Air Supply released their first live video, Air Supply Live in Hawaii. In 1985, they had one semi-major Billboard hit with "Just as I Am" and a couple of minor hits. Russell and Hitchcock recorded a 1987 Christmas album before taking a break from studio recordings. During this time, Hitchcock released his self-titled album in 1988 which was not a big seller. However, he did have the single "Swear to Your Heart" in 1990 from the movie soundtrack for Arachnophobia which received significant airplay.
On August 21, 1989, using their old producer and welcoming the return of drummer Ralph Cooper, the duo decided to enter the studio again to record The Earth Is, which was released in 1991 by Giant Records under Warner Brothers. The recording contains their hit single "Without You," along with singles for "Stronger Than the Night" (with a music video announcing that Air Supply was back) and "Stop the Tears".
Inside the album is a note about Hitchcock and Russell's original Musical Director of their meeting place during Jesus Christ Superstar (and long time Band Member/Orchestrator): "This Album is Dedicated to the Memory of Frank Esler-Smith." Esler-Smith had died earlier that year (1991) from pneumonia. The official fan club released The Earth is World Tour video, a rare collector's item that contains live footage from the band's global tour in support of the album.
The album was followed by The Vanishing Race in 1993, which was supported by the hit single "Goodbye" produced by David Foster, with lyrics by Linda Thompson--which, although not popular in the United States, was critically praised and gained a large following outside the country, especially in Asia where in many countries they would reach number #1. This would lead to another world tour in 1993 which included Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith. "It's Never too Late" was another single released from the Vanishing Race. The album itself was dedicated to the plight of the American Indians, the "Vanishing Race" of the album's title.
Their third album of the decade, News from Nowhere, was released in 1995. It contained the Asian hit singles "Someone", "Always", and a cover of "Unchained Melody", a song made famous by Al Hibbler.
Their popularity continued to soar in Southeast Asian countries, culminating in the release of Now and Forever: Greatest Hits Live, a CD and DVD recording of a live concert in Taipei, Taiwan, also in 1995, which stayed at the top of the Taiwanese album charts for 16 weeks.
They continued to tour heavily throughout Asia and in select venues in the U.S. as well as record into the new millennium, releasing the more adult contemporary-titled The Book of Love (1997), Yours Truly (2001), and Across the Concrete Sky (2003). In 2005, they once again released a live CD/DVD recording; also in 2005 they performed in Havana, Cuba, becoming one of the first foreign bands invited to perform in the country. They were booked to perform two concerts, and played the first show on July 7, the day before Hurricane Dennis hit the country. In high winds, their first concert had an audience of 175,000. Due to the hurricane, they could not play the second show. Fans staying at the same hotel as Air Supply on July 8 had to be content with Russell performing acoustically for them, as there was no electricity. Their songs were featured in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Wedding Date.
In 2006, they released an acoustic album, The Singer and the Song, and are gearing up for the release of their first studio album in three years, Zed. In support of the acoustic album, they made their first trip to India in May 2006. December 2, 2006 saw the duo perform to a capacity crowd in Kingston, Jamaica. This was their second visit to Jamaica, having performed at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in January 2006. They also have been seen endorsing Time–Life's Classic Soft-Rock Collection. In 2007, Russell released his first adult contemporary solo album called The Future. Russell recently made an appearance in Believe, a comedy about Multi-Level Marketing.
In 2008, Air Supply was named as the number 83 best musical act of all time in the Billboard Hot 100's 50 year anniversary edition. This was based purely on their performance on the charts. They appeared on the December 19, 2008, edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics. A new album is scheduled for US release on May 4, 2010. An ex-member of their backing band, Criston Barker, became a spokesperson for Hepatitis Australia. The music video for All Out of Love is seen briefly in the 2010 Australian film Animal Kingdom.
1976 Air Supply
1977 The Whole Thing Started
1979 Life Support
1980 Lost in Love
1981 The One That You Love
1982 Now and Forever
1983 Greatest Hits
Making Love... The Very Best of Air Supply
1985 Air Supply
1986 Hearts in Motion
1987 The Christmas Album
1988 Russell Hitchcock (Russell Hitchcock solo album)
1991 The Earth Is...
1993 The Vanishing Race
1995 News from Nowhere
Now and Forever...Greatest Hits Live
1997 The Book of Love
1999 The Definitive Collection
2001 Yours Truly
2003 Across the Concrete Sky
Ultimate Air Supply
Forever Love: 36 Greatest Hits
2004 Platinum and Gold Collection
2005 Love Songs
All Out of Love Live
The Singer and the Song
2007 The Future (Graham Russell solo album)
2008 Take Time (Russell Hitchcock solo album)
2009 Free Love
2010 Mumbo Jumbo
- All Out of Love
- I Can Wait Forever
- Lost in Love
- Making Love Out of Nothing at All
- Lonely is The Night
- Without You
- Nothing Gonna Change My Love For You
- That The One You Love
- Two Less Lonely People in The World
- Now and Forever
- I Can't Let Go
- Unchained Melody
- Sweet Dream
- That The One You Love
- Ill Never Get Enough
- I Want to Give at All
- Here I am