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Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens was born 1948 in London, as Stephen Demetre Georgiou, to Greek Orthodox restaurant owners. After getting kicked out of art school, Stephen began to establish a music career at only 16. In 1966 at 18 years old he released his first single, and though he had a great interest in folk music, he leaned more towards pop. For his career he changed his name toCat Stevens, and over the next two years he enjoyed success released pop singles and touring England. In 1968 Stevens contracted tuberculosis, and had to spend several months in the hospital fighting the disease. His "comeback" si ...read more

Cat Stevens was born 1948 in London, as Stephen Demetre Georgiou, to Greek Orthodox restaurant owners. After getting kicked out of art school, Stephen began to establish a music career at only 16. In 1966 at 18 years old he released his first single, and though he had a great interest in folk music, he leaned more towards pop. For his career he changed his name toCat Stevens, and over the next two years he enjoyed success released pop singles and touring England. In 1968 Stevens contracted tuberculosis, and had to spend several months in the hospital fighting the disease. His "comeback" singles faired poorly when he did recover.

Cat Stevens released Mona Bone Jakon in 1970 after signing a new record deal, and shedding the teen popstar persona of the 60s. His new sound was folksy, introspective and emotional. His songwriting varying from peppy and positive to melancholic. It didn't make too much of an impact commercially but it established Stevens as a serious artist. His following albums, Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat broke into stardom, achieving worldwide success with these brighter, poppier albums. His following releases were more soul-searching, mysterious, darker and had less mainstream appeal. 1974's Foreigner was more of a rock album with an opus taking up one LP side, and started to decline his popularity, as did its predecessor. It's follow-up, Buddha and the Chocolate Box, was somewhat of a return to previous works, but Cat's success with the charts had ended. Never the less, he still a big fan base and toured the world one final time in 1976.

That same year, he had almost drowned in the ocean. According to Stevens, he had pleaded to God for life and offered to devote his life to him, then felt a wave push him back to shore. Stevens had always explored his spiritual side, but what followed was a bit unexpected. He then began studying the Muslim faith, and converted to the Islamic faith in 1977. He also changed his name one last time, to Yusuf Islam. Two more albums were released as Cat Stevens in 1977 and 1978, but Islam stopped his music career following the conversion to his new religion.

Yusuf Islam has remained out of the spotlight since, but reappeared in the media for one more time. In 1989, Yusuf Islam had stated legal consequences from the Qur'an as to Salmon Rushdie's execution for his book The Satanic Verses, a high controversial book in the Muslim world. The media quickly claimed that Islam was a supporter of Rushdie's execution and awave of misguided backlash ensued. Steamrollings of his albums were held, 10, 00 Maniacs even removed their cover of"Peace Train" from their album as a protest to Islam's supposed statements. Islam quickly explained the matter that he was simply stating what the Qur'an said, and was still new to the religion. Yusuf Islam has released several Islamic albums in the90s, one including a children's album teaching about the Islamic faith. Cat Stevens has sold over 40 millions albums worldwide,and a lot of the re-releases of his classic albums have reached platinum status. He was nominated for entry into the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, but wasn't inducted. For the second time, Stevens was nominated for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this time in 2013 and was inducted into the 2014 HOF class along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates. He remains a very influential and inspiring artist in the world today. « hide

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LPs
Back To Earth
1978

3.9
11 Votes
Izitso
1977

3.4
10 Votes
Numbers
1975

3.5
8 Votes
Buddha and the Chocolate Box
1974

3.7
11 Votes
Foreigner
1973

3.4
12 Votes
Catch Bull at Four
1972

3.9
26 Votes
Teaser and the Firecat
1971

4.1
103 Votes
Tea for the Tillerman
1970

4.1
174 Votes
Mona Bone Jakon
1970

3.8
38 Votes
New Masters
1967

3.3
3 Votes
Matthew & Son
1967

3.5
3 Votes
Compilations
The very best of
2004

3.9
20 Votes
Footsteps In The Dark - Greatest Hits Volume 2
2003

3.8
7 Votes
Greatest Hits
1975

4.6
5 Votes

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