Al Stewart began his songwriting career during his school days in Bournemouth. He was writing skiffle songs when he was 13 but also writing poems instead of doing prep.
He played in a number of beat groups (including a spell backing Tony Blackburn before he became a disc jockey) and moved to London in February 1965, where he shared a house with Paul Simon.
Al began playing in folk clubs and, in 1967, he released his first album on CBS entitled Bedsitter Images.
The following year saw him performing college dates and Love Chronicles was released in 1969, being voted Folk Album Of The Year by Melody Maker.
It was a uniquely autobiographical album that evoked, though intensely personal in its images, a great deal of sympathy in its listener.
Zero She Flies came out in March 1970 but stalled at #40 in the album charts.