创作歌手”的黄金时代是在60年代初，民谣和流行摇滚互相繁衍和杂交的时期。鲍勃•迪伦在个人表达和歌词改造上是所有“创作歌手”中的先锋，在他从“原声民谣”(Acoustic Folk)转向“民谣摇滚”(Folk Rock)后，他的许多同辈都不约而同地紧随其后。在英国，虽然没有形成象美国一样的“创作歌手”风潮，但还是有一些艺术家投身于此。其中的代表人物有：阿尔•史都华(Al Stewart)，他的歌曲以叙事性和想象力取胜by Steve HueyGlasgow native Al Stewart began his career playing guitar in Tony Blackburns band the Sabres, and moved from there to the London folk club scene. After an unsuccessful single on Decca, The Elf (which featured Jimmy Page on guitar), Stewart signed with CBS and, beginning in 1967, released a series of albums largely consisting of introspective, confessional love songs. Love Chronicles was the only one to be released in the U.S., and the autobiographical title track, which detailed Stewarts romantic involvements, attracted a bit of attention for the singers use of the word f*cking in a song with supposed artistic credibility. On 1974s Past, Present and Future, Stewart switched gears, exploring his fascination with historical tales, and was rewarded with his first U.S. chart album. Modern Times was even more successful, and Year of the Cat was an unqualified hit, selling over a million copies and spawning the Top Ten title single. Time Passages duplicated both feats, but Stewarts creativity dried up soon afterward, and difficulties over his contract and change of labels prevented him from releasing any new material until 1984. Russians and Americans was highly political, but sales were disappointing. Even so, Stewart recorded and toured sporadically in the late 80s and 90s while devoting time to his hobby of wine collecting.