Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens)

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Legal name: Steven Demetre Georgiou, Yusuf Islam

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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, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. Stevens' 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. His 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 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"; the song has been a hit for four different artists. 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.

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. 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 several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man of Peace Award, the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace, and two honorary doctorate degrees for services to education and humanitarian relief from universities in the UK. Known professionally by the single name Yusuf, in 2006 he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger. In 2014, he released the album Tell 'Em I'm Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Matthew & Son Cat Stevens 3 5
1967 New Masters Cat Stevens 6
1970 Mona Bone Jakon Cat Stevens 2 7
1970 Tea for the Tillerman Cat Stevens 4.35 14
1971 Teaser and the Firecat Cat Stevens 4 12
1971 Matthew & Son / New Masters Cat Stevens 1
1972 Catch Bull at Four Cat Stevens 3 9
1973 Foreigner Cat Stevens 7
1974 Buddha and the Chocolate Box Cat Stevens 3 8
1975 Numbers: A Pythagorean Theory Tale Cat Stevens 2 5
1977 Izitso Cat Stevens 5
1978 Back to Earth Cat Stevens 3 3
1995 The Life of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam 3
1997 I Have No Cannons That Roar Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
1999 Prayers of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam 1
2000 A Is for Allah Yusuf Islam 1
2001 Bismillah Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
2002 In Praise of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
2003 I Look, I See Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children 1
2006 An Other Cup Yusuf 3 4
2006 Footsteps in the Light Yusuf Islam 2
2008 I Look, I See 2 Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children 1
2009 Roadsinger Yusuf 2
2010 Tea for the Tillerman / Teaser and the Firecat Cat Stevens 1
2014 Tell 'em I'm Gone Yusuf 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 The World of Cat Stevens Cat Stevens 2
1975 Greatest Hits Cat Stevens 3 8
1981 The First Cut Is the Deepest Cat Stevens 3 2
1984 Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two Cat Stevens 3
1985 The Collection Cat Stevens 1
1987 Classics, Volume 24 Cat Stevens 3 2
1989 First Cuts Cat Stevens 1
1989 The Very Best of Cat Stevens (Island Records) Cat Stevens 4.35 8
1992 Wild World Cat Stevens 2
1996 Three - Numbers / Izitso / Back To Earth Cat Stevens 1
1997 Moonchild's Dream Cat Stevens 1
1998 Early Tapes Cat Stevens 2
1998 Digitally Remastered Cat Stevens 1
1998 Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens 3
1999 Remember: The Ultimate Collection Cat Stevens 2
2000 The Very Best of Cat Stevens (Universal Music) Cat Stevens 4 4
2001 On the Road to Find Out Cat Stevens 1
2001 Box Set - 1965 - 1979 Cat Stevens 1
2001 Sad Lisa Cat Stevens 1
2003 Wild World Cat Stevens 1
2005 Gold Cat Stevens 5 1
2007 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cat Stevens Cat Stevens 2
2007 Collected Cat Stevens 1
2011 Icon Cat Stevens 1
Greatest Hits Cat Stevens 5 1

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