Styx: “Come Sail Away”
The Hook: Wanna get away?
Year Released: 1977
Album: The Grand Illusion
Writer: Dennis DeYoung
Stats: Went to number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Background: Former singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung tells us that he conceived the song following the band’s first-ever performance in Hawaii. Back in Chicago in the dead of winter, DeYoung was thinking that a trip to a tropical paradise sounded like an awfully good way of “escaping from one’s troubles and problems.”
Below you will hear former Styx singer-keyboardist Dennis De Young on what inspired “Come Sail Away.”