Cat’s in the Cradle topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974. But who sang “Cat’s in the Cradle”? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about the song.
Who Sang “Cat’s in the Cradle”?
Harry Chapin was the co-writer and singer of “Cat’s in the Cradle”. Harry based the song off a poem written by his wife Sandy Chapin. Sandy wrote the verses while Harry wrote the chorus and the music. Credit for “Cat’s in the Cradle” is sometimes mistakenly given to Cat Stevens due to an incorrectly titled MP3 circulating the web!
Interesting Facts About “Cat’s in the Cradle”
- Harry Chapin did not want the song released as a single. However, label executive David Geffen overruled Harry’s objection!
- The chorus is based on 3 popular nursery rhymes- ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, ‘Little Boy Blue’ and ‘Man in the Moon’.
- In ‘Shrek the Third’, Donkey signs the chorus after Shrek learn that he will be a father.
- Johnny Cash covered the song on his album ‘Boom Chicka Boom’.
- “Cat’s in the Cradle” was knocked off the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 by ‘Angie Baby’, a Helen Reddy song.
- The song was Harry Chapin’s only #1 single.