This Day In Music - 24th September
Posted On 24th September, 2012 @ 09:00 am by

This Day in 1975, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sailing'.

Roderick David "Rod" Stewart,CBE(born 10 January 1945)is a Britishsinger-songwriter, born and raised inNorth London, England, and currently residing inEpping. He is ofScottishandEnglishancestry.

With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s withThe Jeff Beck Groupand thenFaces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut albumAn Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces influencedheavy metalgenres.

With his career in its fifth decade, Stewart has sold over 100million records worldwide, making him one of thebest selling artists of all time.[6]In the UK, he has had six consecutivenumber one albums, and his tally of 62hit singlesinclude 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position.He has had 16 top ten singles in the U.S, with four of these reaching number one on theBillboardHot 100. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists".He was voted at No. 33 inQ Magazine's list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time,and No. 59 onRolling Stone100 Greatest Singers of all time.As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Famein 1994, and was inducted a second time, as a member of Faces, in April 2012.

"Sailing" is a song written byGavin Sutherlandand recorded by The Sutherland Bros. Band (featuring theSutherland BrothersGavin and Iain). Released in June 1972, it can be found on their album 'Lifeboat' released in the same year.

Rod Stewartrecorded the song atMuscle Shoals Sound StudioinMuscle Shoals, Alabama, for his 1975 albumAtlantic Crossing, and it was subsequently a number one hit in the UK in September 1975 for four weeks.The single returned to the UK top ten a year later when used as the theme music for theBBCdocumentary seriesSailor, aboutHMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice, it remains Stewart's biggest-selling single in the UK.

The music video was shot inNew York Harbourin 1975 and credited with a 1978 completion date; it also was one of thefirst to be airedonMTVwhen it launched on August 1, 1981.However, despite Stewart's great popularity in theUnited States, the song never climbed higher than number 58 on theBillboard Hot 100.

The song was re-released by Stewart as a charity single after theZeebrugge ferry disasterin 1987,and was reworked by a group of musicians led bySteve Hackettas a protest song against the repatriation ofVietnamese boat peoplebyHong Kongin 1990.Stewart performed the song at theConcert for Diana(a concert in memory ofDiana, Princess of Wales, who haddied10 years earlier) atWembley stadiumon 1 July 2007.

In the British sitcomKeeping Up Appearances, the band was playing this song as Hyacinth and Richard were trying to make it to theQueen Elizabeth 2.Robin Trowercovered the song for his "Long Misty Days" album.The melody has been used for the chant "No One Likes Us - We Don't Care".

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