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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 , multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist. He is a prominent convert to Islam.

Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard’s number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. He also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for “The First Cut Is the Deepest”; the song has been a hit single for four different artists. Some of his other hit songs include, “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow” and “Morning Has Broken”.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community.Stevens became a convert to Islam in 1978 after a near-death experience. He adopted the name Yusuf Islam and became an outspoken advocate for the religion. Following his conversion, Yusuf abandoned his previous career as a pop star, with which he had always been uncomfortable. Song and the use of musical instruments is an area of debate in Islamic jurisprudence (law) and is the primary factor Cat Stevens retreated from the pop spotlight.

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  • AnarchyKM

    Still Muslim? After all what is going on? Islam is not much dumber than any other religion, just more violent at the moment...

    10 Jan 3:33am Reply
  • Kaboomsk

    Those of you who like Tea for the Tillerman should really check out the album: Silent Passage by Bob Carpenter: http://youtu.be/6m6nHs6mpM0?list=PL4AE4318DE8946819

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nadialesa

    How Can I Tell You is the most beautiful song in the world.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BJBooth

    amoveacacia - this is not an advertising site, use the net for your ads not here. Stick to music please.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • variationen

    He is still great, if he calls himself Yusuf or we reremeber him as Cat Stevens;: his concert in Vienna a few days ago was simply fantastic!

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
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    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    I'm not much of a cat fan, but I do love this one

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • anaemic_royalty

    New image upload. Please vote up! http://www.last.fm/music/Cat+Stevens/+images/100707719

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Syd3arrett

    I like Cat Stevens, sad he became that other guy I've never heard of,

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    This man's music is my childhood :)

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • i_Walk

    Great singer, I'm lovin it !

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • faevibe

    fell in love with his music after watching harold and maude

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    He is a great man. I love ya Cat!

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    один из череды весьма неплохих сонграйтеров начала 70-х, к слову лучшей песней у Кэта я считаю все же "Lady D Arbanville" - одну из самых нежных и красивых, приближающуюся по степени этой нежности и красоты к лучшим вещам Леонарда Коэна.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Saskatchewan_

    Yes of course the man is a hypocrite because he contradicted a song he wrote forty years ago. Grow up the lot of you.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • The_Amigo

    Необыкновенно! ;)

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • yume_nohikari

    why do all people don't agree with his religion beliefs? everyone is free to choose their faith each. so, please don't judge any religion before you know their religion in the fact!! please be appreciate any religion! and his music still awesome!!! :))

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    I don't really agree with his religious beliefs, but I don't listen to his beliefs; I listen to the beautiful music he made

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    <3

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • boscohuuuooouy

    He is big fat arsehole hypocrite. Peace train my arse. You are only free to do the right thing and not threaten innocent novelist like Salman Rushdie.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
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