Yusuf Islam

Folk rock, Musical Artist

1948 –


Who is Yusuf Islam?

Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist. He is a prominent convert to Islam.

Stevens' early 1970s albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were both certified triple platinum in the United States 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.

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 has received several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. 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, entitled An Other Cup. On 5 May 2009, he released the album Roadsinger. He is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Jul 21, 1948
Also known as
  • Steven Demetre Georgiou
  • Cat Stevens
  • Stephen Demetre Georgiou
  • cat_stevens
  • Yusuf
  • Stevens, Cat
  • Steve Adams
  • Islam
  • British Cypriots
  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
Lived in
  • Soho

on July 23, 2013


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