#AtoZ 1981 Songs to Remember – “H” is for “Here I Am”

I chose 1981 music as my theme this year. My newest novel The Summer of Princess Diana is set in the summer of 1981, and oh! the music! Let’s take a look back at a pivotal time in the music industry.

Released in the fall of 1981, “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but also hit the Adult Contemporary chart, which is where it belonged. Air Supply also released a song called “The One That You Love,” that contains the line “Here I am,” so the first song had to have an additional eight words in its title, to avoid confusion <sigh>.

Air Supply was a duo made up of British singer/songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and Australian vocalist Russell Hitchcock. They had a slew of hits in the 1980s, even if viewing this video is cringeworthy today. But they’re still touring! So they must have a loyal following, right? A little Manilow-esque.

If listening to this song makes you feel young, more power to you. Here they are:

19 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1981 Songs to Remember – “H” is for “Here I Am”

  1. “even if viewing this video is cringe worthy today” you said. More truth was never spoken……..and yet, like them or not, Air Supply was big! Many a bands wish they got that “big!” ZD

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  2. Hari OM
    Air Supply kinda haunted the 1980s (and late 70s, I suppose) by being sort of ever-present without ever really making the big impact (at least from my p.o.v.) Their music was the kind that was always in the background… which was, as you say, Manilow-esque. Though I can listen to AS without total cringe. Manilow just gives me cramps! YAM xx

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    1. I think it’s what makes 1981 so interesting for music, Yamini – punk rock edging in, folk-y music fading but still hanging on, disco losing its relevance, but all of them co-existing!


  3. Huge Air Supply fan here! I even attended a concert at Humphrey’s Half Moon Bay in San Diego some 20 years ago. I had no idea they *still* tour though! Good for them!
    I feel they’re under appreciated. So many great songs, and they even contributed one to the Ghostbusters’ movie soundtrack.

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