THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1975-Number 1 single.It was also reissued in 1976,reaching Number 3.
Best Bit-At 3.45.Rod has no chance of getting in the Navy until he has his hair cut.
‘Sailing’ was written in 1972 by Gavin Sutherland(see also best songs 697) and recorded by the Sutherland Brothers,it achieved modest success peaking at Number 54 in the UK.
Rod Stewart(see also best songs 965-565 and 206) first got to know about the Sutherland Brothers after Dee Harrington,Stewart’s girlfriend at the time saw them perform on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test,’after seeing them live at the ‘Marquee Club’ in London Stewart would go on to work with them.
‘Sailing’ is Rod Stewart’s biggest selling single in the UK with sales of around 1.2 million units.In 1976 the song re-entered the chart as a result of being the theme song for ‘Sailor’ a documentary series on the ‘HMS Arc Royal’ aired on BBC 1.
Gavin Sutherland explained the songs meaning,’Most people take the song to be about a young guy telling his girl that he’s crossing the Atlantic to be with her.In fact it’s an account of mankind’s spiritual odyssey through life on his way to freedom and fulfilment with the Supreme Being.’
‘Can you hear me,can you hear me through the dark night far away.’
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