January 24, 2009 13:19

Cat Stevens teams up with Beatles man for George Harrison tribute

His cover of 'The Day The World Gets 'Round' is released on Monday (January 26)

Cat Stevens teams up with Beatles man for George Harrison tribute
Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has collaborated with Beatles associate Klaus Voormann on a cover of George Harrison's 1973 song 'The Day The World Gets 'Round'.

Islam revealed that the collaboration came about after Voormann, who played in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and designed the sleeve for The Beatles' 'Revolver', asked him to contribute to an album he was making to raise money for the American Indians.

"He asked me to contribute and choose one of the songs he had played on over the years. I immediately headed towards George Harrison's galaxy of material," Islam said.

"I'd met George with John Lennon in the early '70s at David Bailey's studio. He was such a great spirit. His eastern outreach inspired me and many others to embark on a great spiritual adventure.

"George was also more responsible than any other artist for initiating pop music's movement to aid people and countries stricken by war and calamities; his 'Concert For Bangladesh' was the first of its kind. I hope this song will help remind people of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we can share when we get round to looking at mankind's futile wars and prejudices and start to change our foolish ways."

The song is released this Monday (January 26), with proceeds going to various children's charities (Small Kindness, UNRWA and Save The Children).

Islam also announced that he is returning to Island Records – the label he released his 'Teaser & The Firecat' and 'Tea For The Tillerman' albums on in the '70s.

'The Day The World Gets 'Round' will also appear on Klaus Voormann’s 'A Sideman's Journey' album, which is raising money for an environment and health project in aid of the Oglala Sioux of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton have both contributed to Islam's new album.

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