Australian singles chart:
Morning Has Broken entered the Kent charts on 13 March 1972 and peaked at #4. The song was #31 on the Top 100 of 1972.
The song was on Teaser and the Firecat which entered the Kent album charts on 15 November 1971. It reached #1 on 6 December 1971 and held the top spot for a total of 15 weeks between then and the following March.
Rick Wakeman, who was a session musician at the time, played the piano on this track, marking the first time he appeared on a hit single. He joined Yes a short time later.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Has_Broken
Stevens got the lyrics for Morning Has Broken from a hymn book he found at a bookstore while looking for (public domain) song ideas. It was a children’s hymn by Eleanor Farjeon, who also wrote a lot of children’s poetry. Stevens explained on The Chris Isaak Hour: “I accidentally fell upon the song when I was going through a slightly dry period and I needed another song or two for Teaser And The Firecat. I came across this hymn book, found this one song, and thought, ‘This is good’. I put the chords to it and then it started becoming associated with me.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/cat-stevens/morning-has-broken
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