Born in Scotland
, songwriter and musician Al Stewart
is best known for his 1977
single Year of the Cat. Stewart's inspiration for his songs primarily comes from the past, and particularly twentieth century and British history. His work includes songs such as "Fields of France," from the album Last Days of the Century, about World War I
pilots; "Old Admirals," from Past, Present, and Future, about Admiral Sir John Fisher of the World War I Royal Navy
; "Statue in Red Square," from Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, about the fall of the Soviet Union
; and "Sirens of Titan," from Modern Times, a musical precis of Kurt Vonnegut
's novel of the same title.