Sailing (Sutherland Brothers song)

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Single by The Sutherland Bros. Band
from the album Lifeboat
B-side "Who's Crying Now"
Released June 1972
Format 7", vinyl
Label Island
Writer(s) Gavin Sutherland
Producer(s) Muff Winwood
The Sutherland Bros. Band singles chronology
"The Pie"
"Lady Like You"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Atlantic Crossing
B-side "All in the Name of Rock 'N' Roll"
Released 1975
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:30 (LP)
3:31 (single)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Gavin Sutherland
Producer(s) Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Mine for Me"
"This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"
Music video
"Sailing" on YouTube

"Sailing" is a song written 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.[2]

Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, for his 1975 album Atlantic Crossing, and it was subsequently a number 1 hit in the UK in September 1975 for four weeks.[3] The single returned to the UK top 10 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, with sales of over a million copies.[4]

The music video was shot in New York Harbor 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 1 August 1981.[5] Despite Stewart's great popularity in the United States, the song never climbed higher than number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

The song was re-released by Stewart as a charity single after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987,[7] 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.[8] Stewart performed the song at the Concert for Diana (a concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died 10 years earlier) at Wembley stadium on 1 July 2007.[9]

The London Symphony Orchestra released an orchestral cover of the song on its 1977 LP Classic Rock. Robin Trower covered the song for his Long Misty Days album, with his longtime bassist James Dewar on vocals.[10] The melody is used for the football chant "No one likes us, we don't care", sung by Millwall supporters.[11] The melody is also used by German football club Hertha BSC Berlin for their chant 'The Hertha Hymn' titled 'Nur Nach Hause' which is sung at matches as the team enters the field.

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