- Disc & Music Echo
- Saturday 18th February 1967
- Courtesy of Linda Crafar
CAT: 1967's Brightest Hope
When Cat Stevens heard
he had won the Brightest Hope section for our poll he jumped into the air, gave a few mad
whoops of joy and rushed off to write a song in a positive swirl of happiness. Well
hes like that, see. The song, inspired by this fantastic win, will be featured on
his new LP.
It is understandable that
Cat was so knocked out. The poll was conducted at a time when his first record "I
Love My Dog" had crept into the bottom rungs of the chart and when his name was just
beginning to be taken notice of.
It says much for the
foresight of Disc and Music Echo readers that they voted him so highly BEFORE the
release of his huge hit "Matthew and Son."
"It was an
astonishing surprise because of this, I was really very little known at the time of the
voting and its a wonderful confidence booster to realise that people thought so much
of me," said 19-year-old Soho-born Cat. And I promise I wont let the fans down.
I will write and write better and better songs. I know how much I owe to the fans
especially now (you know I really thought the Cream would win that section). Anyway, when
I was a fan of the Beatles, I know if I'd written I would have been hurt not to get a
reply. And when I cant answer my fan letters because I just dont have time I
get in a real state. I only hope they understand that sometimes its impossible to
answer everyones letters"
A large part of Cats
great popularity quite naturally stems from the fact that he writes all his own songs so
his reflection comes through the music.
"One day I expect
Ill give up singing and just concentrate on writing songs. But certainly not yet, I
love singing too much. And I still get enough time to write in fact I often write
better under pressure and when I only have a little time. Isnt it marvellous,"
Cat said wondrously, "that all those people like you? Its like coming top in a
Gallup Poll to see whos Prime Minister or something."
AND AWAY HE BREEZED TO
FINISH ANOTHER SONG THIS TIME INSPIRED FROM THE SIGHT AND SMELL OF LOBSTERS IN
Snippets-Disc & Music Echo-
Saturday 18th February 1967
Scene Page 2
Cat Stevens has
devious devices for avoiding telephone calls he gets them answered in his parents'
Top 50 Chart Page 3
1 7 This Is My
Song - Pet Clark- Pye
6 3 Matthew &
Son - Cat Stevens - Deram
7 15 Here Comes My
Baby - Tremeloes - CBS
Stars In The News
Valentine Pop Poll
.Cat Stevens draped
enormous dark glasses over his eyes
.John Gilbert, as associate producer was next up
to receive the Top Film accolade for "Alfie". And after "Alfie" it was
Cat Stevens bobbing forward, bowing and rising as the Top Hope of 1967. Not bad
starcasting on the part of your readers, this result.
Cat Stevens Marquee London
Cat Stevens Kingsway
Disc & Music
Echo '67 Valentine's Day Awards Page 12
Cat Stevens looks suitably
bemused as he receives his award for "Most Promising Newcomer" from model Twiggy
Cat Stevens is Top
Hope for 1967
- Cat Stevens
- Paul Jones
Penny Spins The
Singles Page 23
Ryan Twins: Keep It Out Of
Now heres a turn-up
for the book! The madness has struck. This record is utter bewilderment to me. It sounds
as though it was recorded at ten different sessions and then put together. Baffled I am.
Then I notice the names of the talented Mr. Cat Stevens, who wrote it, and Messrs. Mike
Hurst and Alan Tew, who put it together. Clarity. I now understand why the boys sound as
though their voices are stretching and why they sound much deeper, why there are
castanets, why violins hover, brass comes in and disappears and everything breaks up in a
turmoil including my brain.
- This is the best record Paul and Barry have
- Out Tomorrow.
Post Page 21
As a mum, I am fed up with
being allotted Ken Dodd, Val Doonican and their ilk! The only Ken Dodd fan in this
house is my daughter, aged three, and she thinks hes called "Canned Dog!"
Dad likes Val Doonican, but mum, thats me, digs Tamla, Dylan and Cat Stevens; thinks
the Stones latest is the greatest, and would walk barefoot in the snow for Scott
Engel! Stop making "mum" a dirty word!
MRS. JANET ROBERTS, 1
Elton Drive, Hazel Grove, Cheshire.
Tremeloes deserve an award for durability
after two long years in written-off land. How many other big names have overcome the
stigma of being associated with past hits to re-storm the chart? With Cat Stevens
producing songs for them, they should become the most successful partnership since
"Matthew & Son."
PAUL SHAW, 14 Glendale Close, Buffershaw,
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