The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on March 17th of 1974 The Hollies single “The Air That I Breathe” is released in the US. This was written by the songwriting team of Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood shortly after they moved to Los Angeles. Before Hazlewood’s death in 2001, they wrote songs for many artists, including Johnny Cash and Olivia Newton-John. Hammond was the first to record this – it appeared on his 1972 album It Never Rains In Southern California. Phil Everly recorded it in 1973 on his album Star Spangled Banner.  Albert Hammond explained the inspiration for the song. He moved to LA for a girl, but the song isn’t really about her – it’s more inspired by the loneliness he felt living there and his longing to be back with loved ones in a familiar place – he learned that in Los Angeles, everyone has a car and there’s no mingling in the streets like there is in New York. This song was a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching #2 in the United Kingdom.  In the summer of 1974, the song reached #6 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, the song peaked at #5 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 both the US and UK.