Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Two Fine People. "Two Fine People" crept in the American top forty when it was released as a single.
Maxi Preist. Rod Stewart had a hit with "The First Cut is The Deepest" in 1977, 10,000 Maniacs with "Peace Train" in 1988, and The Mavericks with "Here Comes My Baby," as a Country hit in 1999.
|The 1972 cult movie, "Harold and Maude," featured Cat Stevens' songs in the soundtrack. Two songs from the movie were never released to vinyl until 1985. Which two were they?||Cat Stevens, Music Star of the Seventies
"If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" and "Don't Be Shy". The two were not included on any Cat Stevens' albums until 1985's "Footsteps in the Dark - The Best Of Cat Stevens, Vol II."
Catch Bull At Four. The album was number one for two weeks in the fall of 1972.
Teaser And The Firecat. It reached number two in the states, barely missing the top spot.
|His first three American releases, "Mona Bone Jakon," "Tea For The Tillerman," and "Teaser And The Firecat," all were unique in terms of their cover. What was it?||Cat Stevens, Music Star of the Seventies
Cat drew and painted the art himeself.. Cat was a marvelous artist.
Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel founded the band Genesis, and went on to a very successful solo career.
Tea For The Tillerman. Arguably his best effort.
Wild World. Wild World reached number 11.
"Matthew and Son" and "New Masters". The two were not relased in America until after his success in the States.
|Over his career, other artists recorded many of his songs. One of the first was "Here Comes My Baby" in 1967. What English band took it to number four on the UK charts, and went to lucky Number 13 in the US?||Cat Stevens, Music Star of the Seventies
The Tremeloes. Their offical name was Brian Poole and The Tremeloes.
Matthew and Son. The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" kept that song from reaching Number One.
Steven Demetri Georgiou. Born in London, July 21, 1947 to a Greek father and a Swedish mother.
a near death experience. Stevens' near death experience changed his life forever. When he was swimming in Malibu in 1975, he nearly drowned and according to a VH1 interview, he explained what happened, saying, "I suddenly held myself and I said, 'Oh God! If you save me, I'll work for you."' In 1977, he changed his name and converted to the Islamic faith.
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Matthew and Son. This album was released in 1967. Some of the songs on this album are, "I Love My Dog", "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun", "Portobello Road", and "Here Comes My Baby."
make a change. The father tells the son that it is not time to make a change. According to Cat Stevens, "Father and Son" is about "Russia just before the revolution. The son feels he has to join the revolution. The father wants him to stay still and relax. It ends in stalemate."
rice. The first couple lines to this song are:
"I built my house from barley rice
Green pepper walls and water ice
Tables of paper wood, windows of light
And everything emptying into White."
Cat Stevens explained this song of being about how he would picture himself as his house with the white being the blinding light you see when you die.
cry. This song, one of my favorites, is very optimistic. The lyrics are creatively written and talk about the positive views of losing your hands, eyes, legs and, mouth.
steak. "Tea for the Tillerman" is a very short song and is a bit gospel in the end. In this song, the lyrics go "Bring tea for the Tillerman, steak for the sun, and wine for the woman who made the rain come."
aliens. According to a 1970 interview with Cat Stevens, Longer Boats "Is a story about space ships." In the interview, he also says, "I think we have or will be contacted by some other force outside our own world. We must accept that we are not the only ones alive." Also, in the live versions of "Longer Boats," the lyrics,
"Raise your mind up and look around
You can see them, yes they're looking down
From a lonely asteroid, in a vacant void.
Dyin', but not destroyed," are added.
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|"And if I ever lose my mouth, all my teeth, north and south. And if I ever lose my mouth, oh, hey, I won't have to talk no more" What is he being followed by in this song? ||Cat Stevens Music
By a moonshadow. He said about this song: "Funny, that was in Spain, I went there alone, completely alone, to get away from a few things. And I was dancin' on the rocks there... right on the rocks where the waves were like blowin' and splashin'. Really, it was so fantastic. And the moon was bright, ya know, and I started dancin' and singin' and I sang that song and it stayed. It's just the kind of moment that you want to find when you're writin' songs"
|There's one song that talks about "industrial revolution" and its effects against ecology and nature: "I know we've come a long way, we're changing day to day, but tell me...." Can you complete the lyrics?||Cat Stevens Music
Where do the children play?. "Well I think it's fine building jumbo planes, or taking a ride on a cosmic train. Switch on summer from a slot machine. Yes, get what you want to if you want 'cause you can get anything".
|This one is also said to have autobiographic connotations, referring to his comeback after tuberculosis: "I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul
Where I end up, well, I think only God really knows"
What was the name of this song?||Cat Stevens Music
The Wind. At the age of 19 he was severely ill from tuberculosis, and it was in that time that he began to get interested in meditation and religion.
|Which famous song is about a dialogue between two relatives, one giving advice to the other?||Cat Stevens Music
Father and Son. This is said to be an autobiographical song. It is sung double-voiced by Cat, who sings the verses of the father in a lower pitch than the verses of the son.
|What was Cat's first song ever recorded, later included on his first album "Mathew and Son"?.||Cat Stevens Music
I Love My Dog. In 1966, at the age of 18, he presented his first demo to Decca Records. The song was included in the album released in 1967, and both "I Love my Dog" and "Mathew and Son" became top 10 in Great Britain.
|In this song the author tells the story of a boy recently arrived in a big town who feels sad about not having a girl to share weekend nights with. What song is this?||Cat Stevens Music
Another Saturday Night. "Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody. I have some money cause I just got paid. How I wish I had someone to talk to. I'm in an awful way".
|Many other artists have made covers of Cat Stevens' songs. In 1977, Rod Stewart included on his album "A Night on the Town" a song that became a hit, probably more popular than the original version. What was the name of that song?||Cat Stevens Music
The First Cut is the Deepest. Rod Stewart included on his 2006 album, "Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of our Time" a remake of Cat Stevens' "Father and Son".
|In 1976 Cat Stevens performed a world tour, that included magicians and a totally innovative scenography for that time. A few months later, he decided to quit the music business. What was the name of that tour?||Cat Stevens Music
Magikat. Each Cat Stevens tour was accompanied by a concert programme, a good quality book with photographs and biography, that is nowadays coveted among collectors.
|Another Cat Stevens' hit was recorded in the 80s by 10,000 Maniacs. Later they retired it from their album "In my Tribe", because Cat Stevens was said to support the "fatwa" (death sentence) that Ayatollah Khomeini made against Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses". Do you know the name of that song?||Cat Stevens Music
Peace Train. In 1988 Salman Rushdie published "The Satanic Verses", a novel that was considered blasphemous for many Muslims. Ayatollah Khomeini made a fatwa that ordered every Muslim to kill the author and and all those involved on its publication. In 1989 Yusuf Islam made public statements that were widely interpreted as supporting this fatwa, a fact he always denied.
|One of Cat's most popular songs was inspired by his father's Greek ancestry (his father was Cypriot). What song is it?||Cat Stevens Music
Rubylove. This melody has an obvious Greek style, it is played with typical Greek instruments, and part of the lyrics are sung in Greek.