Al Stewart

Al StewartFrom: Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish singer-songwriter/folk-rocker Al Stewart was an integral member of British music. Stewart’s assent  to stardom came during the British folk revival of the 1960’s and 70’s, developing a unique style of delicately woven tales of characters and historical events.

Over the years, Al Stewart has been associated with some very key events and people. He knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, shared an apartment with Paul Simon, hosted the legendary Les Coursins folk club in London in the 1960’s, and played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970.

Stewart’s first single, The Elf, was backed with an excellent rendition of the Yardbirds song “Turn Into Earth.” Jimmy page, future guitarist of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, played guitar on “Turn Into Earth,” marking the first of several occasions where Stewart worked with credited lead guitarists.

Although his first few albums failed to garner much interest, Stewart was able to develop somewhat of a cult following. 1976 would be when Al Stewart really broke through with the release of the song “Year of the Cat” off the album of the same name. Still touring extensively today, Al Stewart will go down as one of the pioneers of the folk revival.

Artist information sources: Wikipedia

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1966 single Decca F 12467

  • Turn Into Earth