Sailing (Christopher Cross song)

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"Sailing"
Christopher Cross - Sailing (single).jpg
Single by Christopher Cross
from the album Christopher Cross
B-side "Poor Shirley"
ReleasedJune 15, 1980
Format
Recorded1979
Genre
Length4:14
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Christopher Cross
Producer(s) Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross singles chronology
"Ride Like the Wind"
(1980)
"Sailing"
(1980)
"Never Be the Same"
(1980)
Audio sample

"Sailing" is a 1980 soft rock song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album (1979). The song was a success in the United States, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 30, 1980, where it stayed for one week. [2] The song also won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helped Cross win the Best New Artist award. [3] VH1 named "Sailing" the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time. [4]

Soft rock is a derivative form of pop rock that originated in the late 1960s in the U.S. region of Southern California and in the United Kingdom. The style smoothed over the edges of singer-songwriter and pop rock, relying on simple, melodic songs with big, lush productions. Soft rock was prevalent on the radio throughout the 1970s and eventually metamorphosed into the synthesized music of adult contemporary in the 1980s.

Christopher Cross Singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas

For the British Musician, see Chris Cross.

<i>Christopher Cross</i> (album) 1979 studio album by Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in December 1979. Recorded in mid-1979, the album was one of the early digitally recorded albums, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In 1981, it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, famously beating Pink Floyd's The Wall and it has been noted for being one of the most influential soft rock albums of the early 1980s.

Contents

The song was recorded in 1979, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System, making it one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart. [5] In his Grammy acceptance speech, Cross acknowledged "Sailing" as his favorite song on the album and that originally it was not meant to be a single. [6] The song was later identified as an archetype of the genre that later became known as yacht rock [7] (Cross and similar artists referred to the style as the West Coast sound at the time). [8]

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Personnel

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

Acoustic guitar type of guitar

An acoustic guitar is a musical instrument in the guitar family, that simply projects the sounds of its vibrating strings acoustically through the air. Originally just called a guitar, the retronym 'acoustic guitar' came in use to distinguish it from an electric guitar, that relies on an electronic amplification system. The sound waves from the strings of an acoustic guitar resonate through the instrument's body, amplifying the sound. Typically, a guitar's body is a sound box, of which the top side serves as a sound board that enhances the vibration sounds of the strings. In standard tuning the guitar's six strings are tuned (low to high) E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses. Since the 1960s, the bass guitar has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.

Covers and samples

Since its debut, "Sailing" has been covered by artists including Avant, Barry Manilow (on his 2007 album The Greatest Songs of the Seventies ), Greenskeepers, NSYNC [9] (on their 1997 album 'N Sync ), George Benson, Phajja, Patrick Yandall, and the duo of Moya Brennan, Cormac de Barra & Rodney Franklin. [10]

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Film and television appearances

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Charts

Chart (1980–81)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)46
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [14] 38
Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)1
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)1
Ireland (IRMA) [15] 21
Italy (FIMI) [16] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [17] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [18] 8
Spain (AFYVE) [19] 24
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 10

Year-end charts

Chart (1980)Rank
Canada Top Singles [20] 24
US Billboard Hot 100 [21] 32

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