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"Al Stewart" (born September 5, 1945) is a British singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his 1976 single "Year of the Cat" and its 1978 follow-up "Time Passages" (both produced by Alan Parsons). Many of Stewart's songs are inspired by history; indeed, he is credited with creating his own genre, "historical folk rock". Stewart was born in Glasgow, Scotland but grew up in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
He emigrated to the United States as his career took off in the mid 1970s, and still lives in California. While studio albums are now few and far between, he still tours extensively in the United States, and, most years in Europe. Recordings of concerts are often made available through his fan clubs.
Stewart's first record was a single, "The Elf/"Turn Into Earth", which was released in 1966 on Decca Records. He then signed to CBS, with whom he released six albums. The first four of these attracted only minor interest within the British music scene, although they contain some of Stewart's most incisive songwriting. The songs on Stewart's debut album, ''Bedsitter Images'' (1967), were some...