Friday, April 19, 2024

Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Signs with George Harrison’s Revived Dark Horse Records, Releases Version of “Here Comes the Sun”


George Harrison’s wife, Olivia and son, Dhani, continue to do great things his name.

They’ve revived Dark Horse Records, George’s label, moving the whole catalog including “All Things Musgt Pass,” to BMG Records. They already made a publishing deal there.

Now Dark Horse has signed Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens. They’re going to re-release a bunch of Cat Stevens albums that were out of circulation. Yusuf will also make a new album. The 70s hit singer songwriter will turn 75 years young this July. He’s recorded a new version of George’s “Here Comes the Sun.” which you can hear below.

Yusuf says on Instagram:

“George Harrison was beginning to explore Eastern mysticism around the time I was hospitalised with TB, in 1968. Lying in bed, I had a lot of time on my hands and ended up reading a Buddhist book called The Secret Path. That was the beginning of my own search for the light.

“While most of my generation were just into the music, I was a bit like George, where music became the key to something much higher. Following the rages of the 60’s, his consciousness was awakened, and George transcended to levels not many people ever get to experience. You can hear it in his lyrics, and see it in the way he lived and dealt with the material world – looking for a way out.

“George was one of the first to put on a charity concert for the poor, at the time millions of Bangladeshis were fleeing from conflict and becoming refugees. It was a brave thing to do, and against all establishment rules.

“I’m happy to sing one of his songs, especially as it represents the returning of light and hope to a seriously dark and broken world.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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