Billboard’s #1 in 1974
Written by Sean on December 21, 2017
Harry Chapin earned a reputation as a politically conscious singer-songwriter who dedicated himself, in the years before his untimely death, to various noble causes, including wiping out world hunger. but for a brief period in the early 1970’s, Harry Chapin was a legitimate pop star. On this day in 1974, he earned his one and only #1 pop hit when his bittersweet story-song “Cat’s In The Cradle” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
“Cat’s In The Cradle,” is a tale of an absent father and an endless cycle of inter-generational dysfunction based on a poem written by Chaplin’s wife.