The Commodores were at the peak of their powers around this time, with a run of hits that included their international smash "Three Times A Lady
." "Sail On" was the lead single from their Midnight Magic
album, a million-seller. It was a solid hit, but the next single, "Still" went to #1.
The group kept the momentum going in the '80s but fell off when Lionel Richie left the group in 1982. Richie was a primary vocalist in the group, but it was his songwriting they couldn't replace. He went on to have an even more successful solo career.