Al Stewart

  • Scottish musician
  • Born September 5, 1945

Alastair Ian Stewart (born 5 September 1945) is a British singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of characters and events from history.Stewart is best known for his 1976 hit single "Year of the Cat", the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Though Year of the Cat and its 1978 platinum follow-up Time Passages brought Stewart his biggest worldwide commercial successes, earlier albums such as Past, Present and Future from 1973 are often seen as better examples of his intimate brand of historical folk-rock, a style to which he returned in later albums.Stewart is a key figure in British music and he appears throughout the musical folklore of the revivalist era.

Jimi Hendrix played loud and free, Sergeant Pepper was real to me.

We measure our days out in steps of uncertainty not turning to see how far we've come. And peer down the highway from here to eternity and reach out for love on the run.

The evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming.

You reach out your hand, but you're all alone, in those time passages.

Whoever you pretend to be, you must face yourself eventually.

Only two to three per cent of an audience is interested in words and pays attention to lyrics; most of the rest of it is about image or the beat or the sound, or else it's a tribal thing - country & western, rap, heavy metal, with historical folk rock off in some kind of cult.

Louis Armstrong playing trumpet on the Judgment Day.

All those people who go to NASCAR and sing country & western songs and live in Tennessee, they totally ignore me, they don't come to my shows, I just don't exist for them and they don't exist for me.

Nothing that's forced can ever be right, if it doesn't come naturally, leave it.

Looking so cool, his greed is hard to conceal, he's fresh out of law school, you gave him a license to steal.

There's room in the world for one historical folk-rock singer to make a decent living, and I happen to be it.

I know there's a big bad world out there, but I rarely come across it.

Look to the past and remember no empire rises that sooner or later won't fall.