Hear Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ Gorgeous Cover Of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’

The acclaimed singer/songwriter and activist put out his take via a partnership with the Harrison-founded Dark Horse Records.

By Scott Bernstein Feb 22, 2023 10:33 am PST

This Saturday, February 25 marks what would have been George Harrison‘s 80th birthday. Fellow legendary singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens celebrates the upcoming occasion and formation of a partnership with Dark Horse Records by releasing his stellar rendition of “Here Comes The Sun.”

George Harrison, who sadly died in 2001, wrote the song for inclusion on the Beatles’ 1969 studio album, Abbey Road. “Here Comes The Sun” is among the late Beatles co-founder’s most beloved compositions. Harrison founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 with the label currently run by his son, Dhani and David Zonshine.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens shared the following in regards to Harrison’s impact on his own musical and spiritual journey:

“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.”

Yusuf / Cat Stevens went fully acoustic for his memorable take on “Here Comes The Sun.” The famed musician and activist put plenty of soul into his vocal delivery of the song. Stream the resulting version below:

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