Cats In The Cradle – Harry Chapin

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on October 5th of 1974 Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” is released. It will enter the Hot 100 in November and top the chart just before ChristmasThis song is based on a poem that Harry’s wife Sandy wrote. She told us: “‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ was a combination of a couple of things. Whenever I was on a long drive I would listen to country music, because words would keep me awake more than just music. And I heard a song… I can remember the story, but I don’t remember who sang it or what the title was, but an old couple were sitting at their breakfast table and looking out the window, and they saw the rusted swing and the sandbox, and they were reminiscing about the good old days when all the children were around and then the grandchildren, and how it passed, and now it’s all gone. It took the birth of his son for Harry Chapin to decide to turn the poem his wife wrote into a song. Sandy Chapin explained in her Songfacts interview: “Harry and I would exchange writing of all kinds. We were always working on each other’s writing. Some of my writing at a certain period were 20-page papers for a doctoral program at Columbia. So it wasn’t always that poetic. But we both looked at each other’s stuff. And then one time he came home and he said, ‘What have you been doing?’ I showed him ‘Cat’s In The Cradle,’ and he said, ‘Well, that’s interesting.’ There have been many cover versions of this song, but the only one to chart is by Ugly Kid Joe, a puckish rock band known for their novelty hit “Everything About You.” Released as a single from their 1992 album America’s Least Wanted, their rendition went to #6 US and #7 UK (the only UK chart entry for the song, since Chapin’s original didn’t make the tally). Chapin’s recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.