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Cat Stevens

The Cat's out the bag

MMDE: Cat Stevens sang "The Cat's in the Cradle"

Current: Cat Stevens didn't sing "The Cat's in the Cradle"

He was born Steven Demetra Georgiou then became famous under his stage name Cat Stevens. He then changed it to Yusuf Islam and still performs today where he's often billed as Yusuf / Cat Stevens.

He's very well known for hits such as Wild World, Morning Has Broken, Father and Son and The First Cut is the Deepest amongst others, but there are many people who swear he is known for one he apparently he had no involvement with: "The Cat's in the Cradle".

Is this nothing more than people half-remembering a song in his style, for which the only thing in common with him was the word "Cat" in the title?

Harry Chapin

The 1974 original is seen today as the one from Harry Chapin - it topped the Billboard Hot 100 in that year. There's a well-known cover too from Ugly Kid Joe in 1992, and Johnny Cash recorded a version on his 1989 Boom Chika Boom album.