Who Covered Sail on Sailor?

If you’re a fan of classic rock music, you’ve probably heard of the song “Sail on Sailor.” It’s a timeless classic that has been covered by several artists over the years.

But who covered it and made it popular? Let’s take a look.

The Original

The original version of “Sail on Sailor” was recorded by The Beach Boys in 1973. It was written by Brian Wilson, Tandyn Almer, Jack Rieley, Ray Kennedy, and Van Dyke Parks. The song features lead vocals by Blondie Chaplin and was released as a single from their album “Holland.”

The Covers

Since its release, “Sail on Sailor” has been covered by several artists. Let’s explore some of the most popular covers:

The Oak Ridge Boys

In 1981, The Oak Ridge Boys released their version of “Sail on Sailor.” Their cover featured a more country sound and reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Timothy B. Schmit

In 2007, Timothy B. Schmit (known for his work with the Eagles) recorded a cover version of “Sail on Sailor” for his album “Expando.”

George Wilson

George Wilson is an independent artist who has covered several Beach Boys songs throughout his career. His version of “Sail on Sailor” is unique and features an acoustic guitar-driven sound.

The Gabe Dixon Band

The Gabe Dixon Band released their version of “Sail on Sailor” in 2011 as part of their live album “Live In Boston.” Their cover features a soulful sound that showcases the band’s musical abilities.


“Sail on Sailor” is a classic song that has been covered by several artists over the years. While The Beach Boys’ original version is timeless, the covers by The Oak Ridge Boys, Timothy B. Schmit, George Wilson, and The Gabe Dixon Band all offer unique interpretations of the song. No matter which version you prefer, “Sail on Sailor” is a testament to the power of great music that transcends time and generations.

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Emma Gibson