- March 11, 1967
- Courtesy of Bruce Lawrie
- Hes only eighteen, has been in show
business for under a year, yet in this short time he has achieved what takes many singers
a lifetime success and a top ten hit record. His name is Stephen Georgiou, probably
better known to you as "Cat" Stevens, the guy whose first record "I Love My
Dog" surprised a lot of people in the business by getting into the charts.
Cat Stevens with dog Wililmina.
Could this be the premises of Mathew and Son where they are having a Sit -Down?
NO FLASH IN
But Cat proved with
his next record Matthew and Son" that "Dog" wasnt just a
flash-in-the-pan success. And not only is he a talented singer, but also an excellent
songwriter. Both "Dog" and "Matthew" were penned by Cat.
happened so quickly for him,
That one would think
that this would change his character and outlook on life. But Im glad to report that
he didnt seem to have changed all that much when I saw him recently. He still has
time to be nice to fans to sit and talk about things in general.
At the beginning of
the year he said that he wanted to get a really good year behind him and then hed
like to take a holiday in Greece. With so much work behind him youd think he
deserves a holiday now, but Cat never lets up, he just keeps working hes
determined to see the year out and then perhaps hell take a rest!
Hes one of
those people who never rest on their laurels always looking into the future, he
never looks back.
Cat spoke about his
Dads philosophy. "Dad always said to me, right from when I was so
" he waved his hand about three feet from the ground and laughed,
"that I should never look back. I think thats something Ill always
remember. Its played quite a main part in my life.
Cat is darkly
handsome, with dark brown eyes that he screws up at odd intervals when he doesnt
agree with what is being said. Of average height and slim, he looks good in any gear and
always seems to wear different clothes whenever seen, especially for television
He told me: "I
like clothes very much a large variety of clothes, but I dont think I spend
that much money on them. Im certainly not extravagant over clothes."
He told me about his
first appearance on television. "I knew I was to appear on Top of the Pops, and I
wanted to wear a white suit. Well I spent ages looking round all the shops and boutiques
in London and couldnt find one anywhere. However, eventually I found one but
only the day before the show!" Does he like doing television work?
"Oh yes. But
the first time, I was a little nervous. I find that with the success of my records
Ive gained more confidence now and I feel more ready to face the cameras and live
more confidence, hes matured a little more - but hes not big-headed and
conceited. In fact hes a very modest fellow - hes had a lot of success
his song "Here Comes my Baby" and Paul and Barry Ryan are recording one of his
numbers yet he never boasts.
"Here Comes my
Baby is one of my old numbers, written about eighteen months ago, and I was
surprised when I heard it. Its not how I meant it to be done but I really quite like
it. I love other people doing my songs"
Well thats Cat, a nice, modest
and talented guy were sure that 67 will prove to be not only the year
of the Monkees but of Cat Stevens too!
- Cat Stevens cooking