Sailing Songsheet

Piano Sheet Music

Rod Stewart’s biggest selling UK single, Sailing, was originally written by Gavin Sutherland for The Sutherland Bros. The original song was featured on their album, Lifeboat but achieved very little commercial success. In 1975, Rod Stewart recorded the song in Alabama, and this time it received fantastic commercial success.

Sailing was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, owned by The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section who have been heard on legendary recordings with Aretha Franklin, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elton John. When Stewart first entered the studio, it is said that he was quite intimidated by The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section due to the level of their success. Stewart openly admits that he normally has an alcoholic drink before singing to calm his nerves, even when just recording in the studio. When Sailing was recorded, there was no alcohol available so it was done stone cold sober.

Sailing was a number 1 hit in the UK for four weeks on the run, however only reaching number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 1987 after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in Belgium, the song was re-released as a charity single but only made it to number 41 in the UK charts. At The Concert for Diana in 2007 at Wembley Stadium, Stewart performed Sailing to commemorate her.


This piano sheet music is suitable for people who have learnt the FastPlay piano tuition method and is available for instant download.




Rod Stewart