Tea for the Tillerman 45th Anniversary!
Tea for the Tillerman was released 45 years ago today. The album was the 4th record by Yusuf / Cat Stevens. It was the second album he released during 1970. Stevens, a former art student, once again illustrated the artwork featured on the record’s cover.
Four of the tracks (“Where Do the Children Play?“, “On the Road to Find Out“, “Tea for the Tillerman” and “Miles from Nowhere“) were featured in the Hal Ashby and Colin Higgins’ black comedy film titled Harold and Maude, in 1971. The track “But I Might Die Tonight” was featured in a film the year before, in 1970: Deep End, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. “Tea for the Tillerman” was also used over the end credits for the BBC TV show Extras.
Tea for the Tillerman is listed in the 100 top selling albums of the 70’s. On 18 November 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine included this album in its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2006, the album was included in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”. In 2007, the album was included in the list of “The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time” released by The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steve Jobs also had Tillerman in his top 10 albums.