Thirty-five years ago, on Dec. 11, 1976, Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #98.
The single would eventually peak at #8. “Year of the Cat” was the title track to Stewart’s seventh album (the LP was at #27 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart after 10 weeks, moving its way up to the #5 position).
The song’s despondent lyrics are hidden by the beautiful instrumentation. The album was engineered by Alan Parsons and featured lush orchestral arrangements – progressive pop at its finest. Year of the Cat is considered to be Stewart’s masterpiece and remains a classic among ’70s soft rock recordings.