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 British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, England, and currently residing in Epping. He is of Scottish and English ancestry.


With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces influenced heavy metal genres.


With his career in its fifth decade, Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling artists of all time.[6] In the UK, he has had six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 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 the Billboard Hot 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 in Q Magazine's list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and No. 59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was inducted a second time, as a member of Faces, in April 2012.


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


Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for his 1975 album Atlantic 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 the BBC documentary series Sailor, about HMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice, it remains Stewart's biggest-selling single in the UK.


The music video was shot in New York Harbour in 1975 and credited with a 1978 completion date; it also was one of the first to be aired on MTV when it launched on August 1, 1981.However, despite Stewart's great popularity in the United States, the song never climbed higher than number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The song was re-released by Stewart as a charity single after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987, and was reworked by a group of musicians led by Steve Hackett as a protest song against the repatriation of Vietnamese boat people by Hong Kong in 1990. Stewart performed the song at theConcert for Diana (a concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died 10 years earlier) at Wembley stadium on 1 July 2007.


In the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, the band was playing this song as Hyacinth and Richard were trying to make it to the Queen Elizabeth 2.Robin Trower covered 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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