Sail Away (Sam Neely song)

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"Sail Away"
Single by The Oak Ridge Boys
from the album The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived
B-side "The Only One"[1]
Released 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:30
Label MCA
Writer(s) Rafe VanHoy
Producer(s) Ron Chancey
The Oak Ridge Boys singles chronology
"Come On In"
(1978)
"Sail Away"
(1979)
"Rhythm Guitar"
(1979)

"Sail Away" is a song written by Rafe VanHoy, and first recorded by American country music artist Sam Neely. Neely's version was released on Elektra Records in 1977. The single peaked at number 98 on Hot Country Songs and 84 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

It was later covered by American country music group The Oak Ridge Boys. It was released in 1979 as the first single from their album The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived. The song spent thirteen weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts and peaked at number two. In Canada, the song spent three weeks at the number one position on the RPM Country Tracks chart, reaching that position on the June 2, 1979 chart.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 29
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 8
Preceded by
"I'm Getting High Remembering"
by Carroll Baker
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
June 2-June 30, 1979
Succeeded by
"Nobody Likes Sad Songs"
by Ronnie Milsap

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 303. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 293
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for June 2, 1979". RPM. Retrieved 22 February 2011.