Cat Stevens

Morning Has Broken

Composed by Cat Stevens / Traditional

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One-time Yardbirds bassist Paul Sawwell-Smith produced Cat Stevens' biggest hit, "Morning Has Broken." The tune came about while Stevens was browsing in a religious bookstore. A book of hymns caught his attention with one of the songs piquing his interest. He later adapted the lyrics to his original music. With lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon and music by Cat Stevens, assisted by Rick Wakeman on piano, the gentle "Morning Has Broken" went to number six pop and number one adult contemporary during the summer of 1972. Stevens and Sawwell-Smith collaborated on the singer's other hits, including "Peace Train," "Wild World," "Where Do Children Play," and "Oh Very Young."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Teaser and the Firecat 1971 A&M / Interscope 3:20
Greatest Hits 1975 A&M 3:23
Classics, Vol. 24 1987 A&M 3:17
No Image 1988
Various Artists
No Image 1991 A&M
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Alex 3:16
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 3:17
Songbook: The Best of Singer/Songwriters 1995
Various Artists
Magnum
Wild World 1996 A&M
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1972 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:17
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 70, Vol. 2 (1972) 1997
Various Artists
Eva 3:18
Perfect Day 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
Saving Grace 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:17
Kuschelrock, Vol. 6 [Single Disc #1] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:15
Lost and Found: 1970-1978 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:19
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:17
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Unforgettable 1999
Various Artists
Universal
The Very Best of Cat Stevens 2000 Universal Distribution / Island / Universal / Universal International 3:20
Singers & Songwriters: 1974-1975 [2000] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:20
Singers & Songwriters: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
On the Road to Find Out 2001 Flora / Universal 3:20
Singers and Songwriters: 1970-1972 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Singer/Songwriters 2002
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:19
The Piano and the Song 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:19
Late Night Moods 2004
Various Artists
Universal 3:17
Your Song Premium 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Chronicles 2005 A&M 3:20
Gold 2005 A&M 3:19
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 3:18
Coffee & Tea with Beautiful Music 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:19
40th Anniversary: Australia's Tour of Duty: Vietnam War 1966-1972 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
First of May 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:18
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:19
20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection 2007 A&M 3:20
Collected 2007 Universal Distribution 3:20
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:19
Flower Power: Light My Fire 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:18
Remember Cat Stevens: The Ultimate Collection 2008 Island / Def Jam / Polydor / Universal 3:18
Romancing the 70s: My Love 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
Hallelujah: Songs of Love, Hope & Inspiration 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Opus Collection: A Journey 2010 Starbucks
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
The Collection 2012 A&M
Easy like Sunday Morning [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD
Evergreens [Universal]
Various Artists
TVCD
Golden Oldies Collection
Various Artists
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:19
Wild World: A Musical Documentary [Video] A&M 3:17
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