Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career, Islamic music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and its title song "Matthew and Son" reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Stevens' albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. 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. 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. His other hit songs include "Father and Son", "Wild World", "Moonshadow", "Peace Train", and "Morning Has Broken".
|Birth name:||Steven Demetre Georgiou|
|Also known as:||Steve Adams, Yusuf|
|Born:||July 21, 1948, London, England|
|Genres:||Folk, pop, rock, Islamic|
|Instruments:||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, Mellotron|
|Years active:||1965–1980 (as Cat Stevens), 1995–present (as Yusuf Islam or Yusuf), 2014–present (as Yusuf/Cat Stevens)|
|Labels:||Deram, Island, A&M, Mountain of Light, Jamal, Ya, Atlantic Records, Legacy Recordings|
|Associated acts:||Alun Davies|
|IMDb:||Cat Stevens's IMDb|
|Spotify:||Cat Stevens's Spotify|
|iTunes:||Cat Stevens's iTunes|
About Cat Stevens
Folk singer-songwriter who wrote and performed songs like "The First Cut is the Deepest," "Where Do the Children Play?," and "Wild World."
He credited West Side Story with giving him a new perspective that shaped his music. His choice to go solo was made after he realized a band was not the right artistic dynamic he needed.
In 1978, he gave up his music career and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, donating all of his guitars in order to dedicate his life to Islamic educational causes.
He got married to Fawzia Ali on September 9, 1979, and they had five children together.
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