First Hit #1: July 25, 1981
In the beginning, The One that You Love is a pretty simple song. Just voice and piano, a classic combination that never really goes out of style. And when it comes to ballads, that’s generally the sound I prefer, since it doesn’t get overbearing and it’s a better showcase for the performer. Yet, with Air Supply, when they kicked into the chorus with its big strings, I thought to myself “finally.”
That’s out of character, so why did I have that reaction? It’s probably because voice and piano demands a voice that stands alone, while Russell Hitchcock’s voice doesn’t. It’s not a bad voice, though it is oddly androgynous, but he has difficulty getting the song off the ground. When he has the support of the band and the strings, it works, because it’s the kind of voice that needs the whole to work best, it needs supporting actors in order to function.