- Disc & Music Echo- Saturday 29th
- Courtesy of Linda Crafar
Cat Stevens Talks To Mike
Real Name: Steve Adams.
Hospital, London, 21/7/48.
Educated: At so many
different schools, I can hardly remember. Ended up at Hammersmith Art School where I
didnt do much work. Spent a lot of time playing guitar on the fire escape steps.
father, brother, sister one of each. Im the youngest and have the scars to
Londons Shaftesbury Avenue. Dad has a restaurant with living accommodation.
Favourite Food: Fruit
particularly watermelon. My ultimate dream is to be locked in a room with hundreds
of peeled watermelons. I love slobbering into them.
Its silly, but its water. Though I do like vodka and lime probably
because it looks like water.
Pets: Got a budgie
with no feathers which I call Pretty Boy." Its about 15 years old. So
old, in fact, that I have to call him Sir!
Girl Friend: Well,
there was the one who christened me "Cat". I went with her for about a year.
Then I decided that if I became famous it wouldnt be fair on girl friends. Now they
come and they go.
Id love to act. Straight, though. I dont think comedy would suit me. My
favourite actors are Dean, Newman and Brando. Theyre my kind of people.
Car: Havent one.
Content with riding about in manager Mike Hursts Lotus Cortina. Was at the Motor
Show the other day. Must have a 420G Jaguar. Black with white windows. Why not?
Everybodys got black windows. I want white!
Fears: Frightened of
drying up as far as music is concerned. Ive said that probably 20 times then
I find Ive written a better song.
obsessed with success. If something means Im successful Ill do it 24 hours a
day. I love success.
sure that when I get to the right age I shall enjoy it. I wont have to look.
Shell be there in front of me HOLDING A GUN!
Hobbies: I paint when
I have time. Generally cartoons when Im inspired. I used to send them to the
newspapers but they always sent them back saying they were too grotesque.
Politics: I wish it
could be as simple as writing a song. I get pretty angry sometimes about the way things
go. Every now and then I have the aspiration to be a politician. Theres yet to be a
politician who actually gets down to the basic facts.
cigarettes. I cant lie 2O a day. Have you got a cigarette? Its written
into my contact that I keep my manager in cigarettes.
Religion: My first
school was Roman Catholic.
Dress: I like to be
very modern. Im frightened that in years to come my children will look at my
pictures and exclaim: "Didnt you dress old-fashioned, Dad!"
Likes: Getting away
from it all sometimes. Just walking alone with a pencil and paper ready to write
Dislikes: I hate
people shouting at me. Hate them bossing me about. I also hate rain avidly. First
time I heard my record was in the chart it was raining. I was brought down just
because it was raining at the time.
never influenced by a singer. More by a song. I like classical music and Jazz. And I like
to combine the two. Add a touch of commerciality and thats it. An ambition is to
write and conduct my own stuff. Be right there in the centre of everything. Burt Bacharach
is one of my favourite composers but hes become too complex. I intend to
start complex and end up simple. Its a challenge.
time Im frightened is when I see someone running at me with a knife. Then I know
somethings going to happen to me. Seriously? Well, I never take the third light from
Favourite Colour: White.
Its what I like. You can have everything in white and not be bored.
& Music Echo- Saturday 29th October 1966****
Scene Page 2
Cat Stevens terrified of losing his
umbrella because it was a present from his mother.
|Charts Page 3
- 1 (1) Reach Out Ill Be There Four
Tops Tamla Motown
- 33 (34) I Love My Dog Cat Stevens Deram
|Hit Talk By
Georgie Fame Page 3
rather like that Cat Stevens thing. The words dont mean much, but its good as
a record. If this guy is handled carefully, hell have a bigger hit still next time.
|Stars In The
News Page 5
Cat Stevens tours Germany and Belgium for
four days from November 14th. He has already recorded "I love My Dog"
in French and German to tie in with these visits. Cat appears on "Crackerjack"
(2) and "Saturday Club" and "Countdown" (5)