This was Cat Stevens' second single, following "I Love My Dog
." He was just 18 at the time and had recently adopted his stage name (he was born Steven Georgiou). Released on the Decca Records imprint Deram, "I Love My Dog" made a respectable #28 in the UK, but "Matthew And Son" did much better, climbing to #2. It was used as the title track to his first album, which contained another hit, "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun
," which reached #6. Stevens' next album didn't do nearly as well, and a bout of tuberculosis wiped him out for most of 1968. In the '70s, he emerged as one of the most insightful songwriters in the game, with songs that looked at the world with a wide lens, a reflection of his spiritual journey. He had a number of hits, but none charted higher than "Matthew And Son."