thanks to Bruce Lawrie for bringing this wonderful article to
Many of us did
not know or have forgotten that there was an earlier controversial subject concerning Cat
Stevens. This controversy concerns his 1967 hit "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun ". This
Q & A session has Cat commenting on that controversy and also mentioning writing that "Western
Musical". If only we could get our hands on that script. If we could, I think Roy
Rogers and Gene Autry would have to hang up their guns, spurs and guitar after Cat Stevens
had his day in that saddle....
- Happy Trails To Cat
- Happy trails to Cat,
- Until we meet again.
Happy trails to Cat,
- Keep smilin' until then.
- Happy Trails to Cat
Who cares about the clouds when we're
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to Cat, 'till we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones, others are blue
It's the way you ride the trail that counts
Here's a happy one for Cat...
Happy trails to Cat
Until we meet again
Happy trails to Cat
Keep smilin' until then
Happy trails to Cat
Who cares about the clouds when we're together
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather
Happy trails to Cat, til we meet again
BOX" BITCHY COMMENT HURT
- Says Cat Stevens
- To Jeremy Pascall
- New Music Express
- April 22, 1967
Happy picture of Cat
Stevens with his gun, the subject of much controversy since his new hit " Im
Gonna get Me A Gun." Cat talks about comments and answers questions frankly in this
It was the Cat that
got the cream of the line from Glasgow! A Cat Stevens, purring with well deserved please
at his success on the Walkers Brothers tour.
Ever pleasant, ever
helpful, he cheerfully settles down the Question Time despite the rigours of touring,
performing and the general bustle that surrounds a one-nighter.
Q In view of the
controversy surrounding " Im Gonna get Me A Gun," do you wish you issued
A Yes, Well, I liked
the controversy in the beginning but it got hectic, and I dont want anybody to feel
bad or brought down nor to entice kids to buy guns. In the context of the western musical,
the sound wasnt badI liked it, but I see now that it was my fault for not
explaining the context before it was released.
Now Im looking
forward to the next single. Its a slowish one Ive been wanting to do for ages.
Youll like it. Im not really worried that "Gun" stared
slowlyits doing all right now!
Q How did you react to
the statement made about "Gun" by reviewers and particular "Juke Box
A I felt terribly hurt
after "JBJ" in fact, I couldnt sleep all that night. I thought some of the
things said were unnecessarily vitriolic and bitchy, but Ive spoken to some of the
jurors since, and now theyve put the song in its true context they like it.
The trouble is you
dont think about those things when you put the record outyoure so
wrapped up in it you cant see somebody elses side. I wont make the same
mistake again, though- Ive learnt from the experience.
Q At what stage of
progress is your Western musical?
A Frankly, Im
getting fed up with it now. I wish Id never said anything about it, because now
everybodys hurrying me to finish it.
Left alone, its okay.
I write a song here and there, and no pressure, but the moment somebody tells me do
something I shut down like a clam.
Ive made it a
Western, because I think theres a feeling for things western just now in clothes and
country music everywhere. I want it to go on in the West End, and Id love to take
the lead, because its really about mebut as a cowboy.
I wouldnt back it
with my own money, though!
Q Youve gone a
long way in a short time. How do you feel about suddenness of your success?
A Im beginning to
adjust now, and take things in my stride. I seem to cope with it all. Has it changed me?
Well, Im very organized these days. I write everything down on bits of paper, and
plan what Ive got to do each day.
Q Do you plan your
A Not really, I
concentrate on now. I had three numbers and Im here. What Ive got to do is
keep on improving, working and learning.
I will be producing a
record pretty soon with an old friend of mine from the days in the folk clubs, when we
used to sing around. His name is Peter James Hogan, and he writes some great stuff
himself, but Im giving him one of mine to start with.
I did plan for this tour by
working on my act with producer Fred Perry, whos great, so give him a plug. Im
much more confident sine hes helped me, and less embarrassed by myself on stage.
Q And how is your first
A Im blasted
well enjoying it. On the first day I thought it was terrible in the coach and all.
But now Ive got my own car and Im staying in comfortable hotels, every thing
The fans are fantastic! I
thought theyd be there for the Walkers only, because theyre the gods. But I
think Im appreciated, too.
Q And after the tour?
A I think therell
be a Cat Designs in the future. I designed my stage gear, and Ive been doodling
around a lot recently.
Ill do some of the
designing, and my brother David will run the business side of it, as he was in fashion and
knows the contacts. It wont be a boutique- strictly trade and wholesale.
Q Youre both
writer and performer. Which is the more important?
A Performing is
becoming very important now, and Im working very hard at it. I really want to be a
great performer. I admire Sammy Davis that man is unbelievable. And the Walker Brothers
arent so bad! Seriously, they are great. Ive learnt a lot from them.
Writing is still important,
but it does tend to go in fashions. At the moment my songs are in great demand, but then
so were the songs of Mitch Murray and Chris Andrews and theyre both suffering a
little right now because they stayed stagnant, I mustnt do that. I intend to grow
with time, expand and change.
- Here is another early article which has Cat
mentioning the famed Western Musical
- Mexico-Mad Cat &
His First Musical