Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens

 

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Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. [1] His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album's title song "Matthew and Son" charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Stevens' albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA.[2] His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and Islamic music.[3][4][5]

His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts.[6][7] He earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for "The First Cut Is the Deepest", and the song has been a hit for four artists.[8] His other hit songs include "Father and Son", "Wild World", "Peace Train", "Moonshadow", and "Morning Has Broken". In 2007 he received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.[9]

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam,[10] and he adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity[11] and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup.[12][13] With that release and subsequent ones, he dropped the surname "Islam" from the album cover art – using the stage name Yusuf as a mononym.[13] In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell 'Em I'm Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978.[14] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.[15] His second North American tour since his resurgence, featuring 12 shows in intimate venues, began on 12 September 2016.[16]

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Highlights10

The Laughing Apple
Album
The Laughing Apple is an album by Yusuf / Cat Stevens, released on September 15, 2017.
You Can Do
Song
You Can Do is a song by Yusuf / Cat Stevens, released on September 8, 2017.
Northern Wind
Song
Northern Wind is a song by Yusuf / Cat Stevens, released on August 25, 2017.
Mary And The Little Lamb
Song
Mary And The Little Lamb is a song by Yusuf / Cat Stevens, released on August 11, 2017.

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Popular Songs23

Song Appearances & References5

Popular Live Albums1

Films1

Minor Film Appearances & References6

TV Shows10

Minor Play Appearances & References1

Book References & Influences5

Collaborators & Influencers14

Other Music-Related Relationships14

Other Film-Related Relationships2

Personal & Professional Relationships1

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Awards & Nominations6

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News Articles7

The Unlikely Return of Cat Stevens
  –  September 15, 2017
the singer suddenly exclaimed ... I paid attention to all of this because, unhip as this may be to admit, the music of Cat Stevens once meant a great deal to me. I did not grow up listening to it, per se (I was too young), but his music became the ...
Yusuf/Cat Stevens taps classic sound in new 'The Laughing Apple' album
  –  September 15, 2017
“I wrote it in a way, in anger against the world, about what I thought were the injustices that were going on,” the veteran singer and songwriter said ... songs or social and political protest music, Cat Stevens was probing deeply spiritual matters.
THE BIG INTERVIEW with Darren Coggan ahead of his appearance in Peace Train:The Cat Stevens Story at the Octagon in Yeovil
  –  September 8, 2017
audiences will be treated to a full concert of Cat Stevens’ hits, revealing the man in the music and the real stories behind the classic songs. Starring award-winning Australian musician Darren Coggan, Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story will take ...
Yusuf/Cat Stevens taps classic sound in new 'The Laughing Apple' album
  –  September 15, 2017
The other name he dropped is that of guitarist Alun Davies ... his ’60s and ’70s peers who were writing love songs or social and political protest music, Cat Stevens was probing deeply spiritual matters. “After I contracted tuberculosis [at 21 ...
Correction: Music Review-Cat Stevens story
  –  September 15, 2017
He also reunited with the producer and acoustic guitarist who worked on his seminal hits from ... and carry through themes of so much of Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ music: love and the joy of childhood. Two new tracks stand out for their instant timelessness.
Review: Cat Stevens sounds like his ‘70s self on new album
  –  September 14, 2017
He also reunited with the producer and acoustic guitarist who worked on his seminal hits from ... and carry through themes of so much of Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ music: love and the joy of childhood. Two new tracks stand out for their instant timelessness.
Morning has broken (again) as Cat Stevens returns to the charts after a decade of self reconciliation with an album of gentle lullabies and quiet joy
  –  September 9, 2017
It has taken a decade for Cat Stevens to fully reconcile himself to being Cat Stevens. When he returned to music in 2006, having abandoned ... Reuniting with producer Paul Samwell-Smith and guitarist Alun Davies, both veterans of Stevens’s early ...

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