Billboard #1 Hits: #347: “Cat’s In The Cradle”- Harry Chapin. December 21, 1974. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Cat’s In The Cradle”- Harry Chapin
- Record Company- Elektra
- Genre: Folk Rock
- Written by Harry Chapin and Sandra Chapin
- Time: 3:29
- Album- Verities and Balderdash
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
I knew this was a big hit for Harry Chapin but I didn’t realize that it went all the way to #1. Chapin was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Cat’s In The Cradle” and the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. The song was co-written with Harry’s wife Sandra- and was inspired by the relationship between Sandra’s first husband and his father. Harry also said it was about his own relationship with his son Josh and once said about the song “Frankly, this song scares me to death.” Harry was known for his story songs- this is one of his best. I am sure there is a lot of truth in this song.