This is from the Record Mirror an early British magazine. There was no
title but this picture says it all. Most of us, have heard and seen pictures of the
fictional character Cat Woman. Well here is our very own Cat Man ready to conquer the
world.....dah dah dah dah CATMAN !! (Isn't this a great
Record Mirror - January 14,
EVER wondered what pop stars
do on their time off? I met one recently who draws cartoons. And very good he is at it
too. His name is Cat Stevens, who made a sizeable impression with his debut disc "I
Love My Dog" on the then newly formed Deram label.
When we met Cat told me,
"Im always drawing. I used to do a lot of it at school. The boys use to ask me
to sketch various people and more often the masters. I went to an art school when I left,
and I had plans to enter commercial art as a profession, I would love to have become a
cartoonist, Gerald Scarfe is my idol, I actually sent him some of my drawings and I got
some very nice letters from him back. I used to send my drawings to the papers and
magazines, but they said they were far too grotesque!"
As everyone knows, however,
song writer and record producer discovered Cat which resulted in his first record.
"Of course I wanted to
be a pop star, who wouldnt? The change in me has been fantastic, its done me a
lot of good, its given me great confidence in myself. I used to go around all moody
with a big chip on my shoulder, but, thank God, Ive lost all that. All my
friends say that Ive changed, but I dont think I have - I think they
have changed in their attitude towards me. I suppose they think I will go all big time. My
brother I think is a bit envious of me, but thats natural, my mother is very pleased
Cats follow up record
was released at the end of December, its another of his own songs, called
"Mathew and Son" coupled with "Granny".
"I honestly believe that
this number will do the trick. I hope so. Granny is more or less a tribute to
my mother, so I hope she likes it! Most of the songs Ive written have been drawn
from personal experiences or from people I have met. Kim Fowley suggested the song
Portobello Road the flip of Dog, so I took the idea from him.
Something, which upsets me, is people that say that I copy. Im original, I copy no
one. I believe that the B side of a number is as equally important as the A side.
Its amazing the sales we got from Portobello Road. The Beatles always
have a great B side on their records. I want to write all my own songs, or try to. As soon
as an artist or group who are used to writing their own songs record someone elses,
everyone says that they are slipping or running out of ideas. Ive written about 40
songs in all, and I understand that Lulu, and Paul and Barry Ryan are interested in some
of my songs.
"You know who my idols
are? People like Jerry Leiber and Mike Stutter who wrote all the Coasters hits. I was
playing their album the other day, they used to write great numbers. My real love is in
musicals. Things like My Fair Lady. The Sound of Music. Elmer
Bernstein is the end, hes great. I like all music, especially jazz, I would love to
write a jazz piece."
When we met, Cat was talking
about the show he was in with Georgie Fame and Julie Felix which opened just before
"It will be a great
show, Ive got to do a hit of dancing in it, and dont laugh, I can dance, if I
only say it myself. I think its a good idea putting on these shows at The Saville
Theatres, something which is new to this country. Going back to my drawing I would like to
have published a book of my drawings, but I suppose people would say that I was
doing a John Lennon Its amazing what you can do with the flick of a
pencil, the expressions one can create on faces."
And with that the only
"Cat" in the business who can draw, disappeared, possibly looking for his dog!