Matthew and Son: CAT STEVENS

Australian singles charts:
Matthew and Son entered the Kent charts on 18 February 1967 and peaked at #11. The song was #79 on the Top 100 of 1967.

Cat Stevens

Mike Hurst

The song, according to Stevens, took its name from the tailor, Henry Matthews, who made suits for Stevens, who thought up the story of the worker who is the main character in the song.
Stevens later commented, “I had a girlfriend, and she was working for this big firm, and I didn’t like the way that she had to spend so much of her time working. The riff seemed to fit the words, Matthew and Son. There was a bit of social comment there about people being slaves to other people.”
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This was Cat Stevens’ second single, following I Love My Dog. He was just 18 at the time and had recently adopted his stage name (he was born Steven Georgiou). Released on the Decca Records imprint Deram, I Love My Dog made a respectable #28 in the UK, but Matthew And Son did much better, climbing to #2.
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