[159], On 29 March 2019, Yusuf performed in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the National Remembrance Service for victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings. They have five children. "[74], Stevens formally converted to the Muslim faith on 23 December 1977, taking the name Yusuf Islam in 1978. [48] He collaborated with Stevens on all but two of the succeeding albums Stevens released, and he performed and recorded with him until Stevens' retirement. He commented that the two worlds "then, and now, are very different". Arrives before Valentine's Day. The Qur'an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. [17] In keeping with his spirit of humanitarianism,[154] he would be donating a portion of the revenue from each ticket sale towards his charity Small Kindness, as well as UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee[155] in an effort to assist children affected by the current Syrian refugee crisis. The string of 12 dates roughly coincides with the 50th anniversary of his first single, I Love My Dog, and would "feature a limited run of stripped down, introspective performances. Around this time, Stevens had a catalogue of new songs that reflected his new perspective on what he wanted to bring to the world with his music. Over the next two years, Stevens recorded and toured with an eclectic group of artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Engelbert Humperdinck. [156] The album is credited to "Yusuf/Cat Stevens" and is his first record under the Cat Stevens name since Back to Earth in 1978. [160], On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Cat Stevens among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[161]. [22] Romanisation of Arabic names can easily result in different spellings: the transliteration of Yusuf gives rise to a dozen spellings. Stevens said, "I thought, music for God? Cat Stevens, together with Boy Dylan, Paul Simon, and Harry Chapin is one of the best singer songwriters the world has known in the last 50 or more years. [7][8] He earned ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for "The First Cut Is the Deepest", and the song has been a hit for four artists. Ending Today at 6:14PM BST 48m 47s. [16] His second North American tour since his resurgence, featuring 12 shows in intimate venues, ran from 12 September to 7 October 2016. In 2007, "Don't Be Shy" was used in the film Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium[62] and in 2011, it appeared in the pilot episode of the ABC television series Once Upon A Time. It was intended to show a funk/soul element rising in popularity that Stevens had come to appreciate. [10] Stevens said that West Side Story particularly affected him and gave him a "different view of life". In May 2003 he received his first Platinum Europe Award from the IFPI for Remember Cat Stevens, The Ultimate Collection, indicating over one million European sales. He also donated a portion of his box-set royalties to the fund for victims' families and the rest to orphans in underdeveloped countries. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. He was called "the artist boy", and said, "I was beat up, but I was noticed". [117], In mid-2005, Islam played guitar for the Dolly Parton album Those Were the Days on her version of his "Where Do the Children Play?" The performer is noted as "Yusuf", with a cover label identifying him as "the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens". The tour took him to Dublin, where he had a mixed reception; subsequently he was well received in Birmingham and Liverpool, culminating in an emotional performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. [38][39], His December 1967 album New Masters failed to chart in the United Kingdom. Davies was the more experienced veteran of two albums which had already begun to explore the emerging genres of skiffle and folk rock music. [citation needed], His final original album under the name Cat Stevens was Back to Earth, released in late 1978, which was also the first album produced by Samwell-Smith since his peak in single album sales in the early 1970s. He performed "Wild World" in Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert with his earlier collaborator, Peter Gabriel, the first time he had publicly performed in English in 25 years. Thus, Islam concluded that healthy entertainment was acceptable within limitations, and that he now felt that it was no sin to perform with the guitar. [9] His other hit songs include "Father and Son", "Wild World", "Moonshadow", "Peace Train", and "Morning Has Broken". On 21 April 2005 Islam gave a short talk before a scheduled musical performance in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the anniversary of the prophet Muhammad's birthday. He was considered a fresh-faced teen star, placing several single releases in the British pop music charts. Concerts; … Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers alerted the United States Transportation Security Administration, which then diverted his flight to Bangor, Maine, where he was detained by officers from the Department of Homeland Security. I got down to thinking about myself. While it is still not clear who carried out the attack, it must be stated that no right-thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action. "[153] The tour included three shows in New York City (two shows at the Beacon Theatre and one show in Central Park at the Global Citizen Festival),[152] his first shows in New York City since 1976. Yusuf/Cat Stevens - Welcome Home - Island 50, Shepherd's Bush Empire … Released: 1999; Label: Island/A&M; 31 10 12 — 5 5 11 25 — BPI: Gold; ARIA: 7× Platinum; 2000 The Very Best of Cat Stevens. [7][8] This album continued the introspective and spiritual lyrics that he was known for, combined with a rougher-edged voice and a less acoustic sound than his previous records, using synthesisers and other instruments. The answer was that his breakthrough album, Tea for the Tillerman in 1970, was decorated with Islam's painting of a peasant sitting down to a cup of steaming drink on the land. That name is part of my history and a lot of the things I dreamt about as Cat Stevens have come true as Yusuf Islam. [147][148] On 4 December 2014, he played to his first public US audience since the 1970s at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia.[149]. [14][15] With that release and subsequent ones, he dropped the surname "Islam" from the album cover art – using the stage name Yusuf as a mononym. [107], Islam gradually resumed his musical career in the 1990s. You come to a point where you have sung, more or less ... your whole repertoire and you want to get down to the job of living. Stevens's first singles were hits: "I Love My Dog" reached number 28 on the UK Singles Chart; and "Matthew and Son", the title song from his debut album, reached number 2 in the UK. Also in November 2006, Billboard magazine was curious as to why the artist is credited as just his first name, "Yusuf" rather than "Yusuf Islam". Shop with confidence on eBay! After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. [127] Israeli Consul David Saranga criticised Islam for not dedicating the song to all of the children who are victims of the conflict, including Israeli children. Shop from the world's largest selection and best deals for Cat Stevens LP Vinyl Records. The Very Best of Cat Stevens. During this time Stevens began to question aspects of his life and spirituality. Two years later, in December 2006, Islam was admitted without incident into the United States for several radio concert performances and interviews to promote his new record. Free postage. [18] The family lived above the Moulin Rouge, a restaurant his parents operated on the north end of Shaftesbury Avenue, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus in the Soho theatre district of London. [23] He occasionally escaped his family responsibilities by going to the rooftop above their home and listening to the tunes of the musicals drifting from around the corner[18] on Denmark Street, then the centre of the British music industry. Download your pages straight from your order confirmation email. [114] At that point, he was joined by several young male singers who sang backing vocals and played a drum, with Islam as lead singer and guitarist. It opened a flood of, of new ideas and music which I think a lot of people would connect with. Prayers of the Last Prophet. As part of A&M's 1987 anniversary Classics series, Cat Stevens' Classics, Vol. Steven Georgiou, born on 21 July 1948 in the Marylebone area of London,[18] was the youngest child of a Greek Cypriot father, Stavros Georgiou (1900–1978),[19] and a Swedish mother, Ingrid Wickman (1915–1989). [91], The following day, he was denied entry and flown back to the United Kingdom. Islam believed his inclusion on a "watch list" may have simply been an error: a mistaken identification of him for a man with the same name, but different spelling. We were horrified at how people were suffering in the Holy Land. [44] With Krost's recommendation, Stevens signed with Paul Samwell-Smith, previously the bassist of the Yardbirds, to be his new producer.[45]. CAT STEVENS GREATEST HITS CD USA A&M AUDIO MASTER PLUS. Like Patti. For a lot of people, it reminds them of something they want to hold on to. His detention and return to Britain sparked a protest to the US government by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. He sued for libel and received an out-of-court financial settlement from the newspapers, which both published apology statements saying that he had never supported terrorism and mentioning that he had recently been given a Man of Peace award from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Islam performed two shows in early 2015: on 27 February at the Viña del Mar Festival, Quinta Vergara, Viña del Mar, Chile and on 22 April at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, area of Cardiff, Wales. [102], Yusuf responded that he was "delighted by the settlement [which] helps vindicate my character and good name. 3 bids. Stevens began work on Mona Bone Jakon, a folk rock based album. (Parton had also covered "Peace Train" a few years earlier.). Islam observed that there are no real guidelines about instruments and no references about the business of music in the Qur'an, and that Muslim travellers first brought the guitar to Moorish Spain. Subsequently, he commented in a 1989 interview on Australian television that Rushdie should be killed and stated he would rather burn Rushdie instead of an effigy. The lead track, "Thinking 'Bout You", received its debut radio play on a BBC programme on 23 March 2009. "[115], On CBS Sunday Morning in December 2006, he said, "You know, the cup is there to be filled ... with whatever you want to fill it with. ", Lawsuit over News UK newspaper reports that he had supported terrorism, Lawsuit about allegations that he would not talk to unveiled women. The art on the album is credited to Yoriyos. Producer Paul Samwell-Smith paired Stevens with guitarist Alun Davies, who was at that time working as a session musician. In 1983, he founded the Islamia Primary School in Brondesbury Park, later moved to Salusbury Road,[82] in the north London area of Queen's Park[1] and, soon after, founded several Muslim secondary schools; in 1992, he set up The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS-UK), a charity that brought together all the Muslim schools in the UK. [78] They have a home in London while currently preferring to spend a major part of each year in the warmth of Dubai. Proceeds of the single went to help orphans in Banda Aceh, one of the areas worst affected by the tsunami, through Islam's Small Kindness charity. The audience included Nobel Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu and other prominent global figures. Featuring the return of Alun Davies and best known for "Oh Very Young", Buddha and the Chocolate Box reached platinum status in 2001. [51], Mona Bone Jakon was the precursor for Stevens' international breakthrough album, Tea for the Tillerman, which became a Top 10 Billboard hit. His next album, Catch Bull at Four, released in 1972, was his most rapidly successful album in the United States, reaching gold record status in 15 days and holding the number one position for three weeks on the Billboard 200 and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts. 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[139][140][141][142] He was selected and was inducted by Art Garfunkel in April 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he performed "Father and Son", "Wild World", and "Peace Train". He performed the songs "Midday (Avoid City After Dark)", "Peace Train", and "Heaven/Where True Love Goes". If You Ask Me (In Sa’altum) September, 1999. With the exception of some guitar on the title track and "100 I Dream",[64] he played keyboard instruments throughout the album. "[22], Estimating in January 2007 that he was continuing to earn approximately US$1.5 million a year from his Cat Stevens music,[81] he said he would use his accumulated wealth and ongoing earnings from his music career for philanthropic and educational causes in the Muslim community of London and elsewhere. In May 2006, in anticipation of his forthcoming new pop album, the BBC1 programme Imagine aired a 49-minute documentary with Alan Yentob called Yusuf: The Artist formerly Known as Cat Stevens. In December 2006, Islam was one of the artists who performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, in honour of the prize winners, Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank. [27] He took a one-year course at Hammersmith School of Art,[28] considering a career as a cartoonist. [99] He said of the incident at the time, "No reason was ever given, but being asked to repeat the spelling of my name again and again, made me think it was a fairly simple mistake of identity. Davies was also thought a perfect fit with Stevens in particular for his "fingerwork" on the guitar, harmonising and his backing vocals. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. During that time both wrote songs for and about one another. [45] Regarding his conversion, in his 2006 interview with Alan Yentob,[73] he stated, "To some people, it may have seemed like an enormous jump, but for me, it was a gradual move to this." [14][79], Following his conversion to Islam, Cat Stevens (now named Yusuf Islam), abandoned his musical career for nearly two decades. [34] Stevens' brother David Gordon, a convert to Judaism,[71] brought him a copy of the Qur'an as a birthday gift from a trip to Jerusalem.[25]. Yusuf is the Arabic rendition of the name Joseph; he stated that he "always loved the name Joseph" and was particularly drawn to the story of Joseph in the Qur'an. [25] With interests in both art and music, he and his mother moved to Gävle, Sweden, where he attended primary school (Solängsskolan) and started developing his drawing skills after being influenced by his uncle Hugo Wickman, a painter. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. [118][119] Yoriyos created the art on Islam's album An Other Cup, something that Cat Stevens did for his own albums in the 1970s. ", "Ruins", and "Wild World". "I had to learn my faith and look after my family, and I had to make priorities. However The Sunday Times managing editor Richard Caseby said that while there was an "agreed settlement", they "always denied liability" and "disagreed with Cat Stevens' lawyers interpretation", but took a "pragmatic view" of the lawsuit. He invested in building his own recording studio which he named Mountain of Light Studios in the late 1990s, and he was featured as a guest singer on "God Is the Light", a song on an album of nasheeds by the group Raihan. [23] At 15, inspired by the popularity of the Beatles, he became interested in the guitar. [35] "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" was his second UK top 10 single, reaching number 6, and the album Matthew and Son reached number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. The most successful of the compilation albums was the 1975 Greatest Hits which has sold over 4 million copies in the United States. July 21, 1947. artistfacts. November, 1984. For those people looking for Cat Stevens, they'll probably find him in this record. The Adopt-A-Minefield charity, under the patronage of Paul McCartney, works internationally to raise awareness and funds to clear landmines and rehabilitate landmine survivors. He has been married to Fawzia Ali since September 9, 1979. Stevens has a half-brother, George Georgiou, born in Greece, presumably from his father's first marriage in Greece, where he served in the Macedonian Mule Corps. [1] His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career, Islamic music, before returning to secular music in 2006. For most it was a surprise, and even his long-time guitarist Alun Davies said in later interviews that he hadn't believed that his friend would actually go through with it after his many forays into other religions throughout their relationship. Although the sales of the album indicated Stevens' popularity, the album did not produce any real hits, with the exception of the single "Sitting", which charted at number 16. "[109], Islam has reflected that his decision to leave the Western pop music business was perhaps too quick with too little communication for his fans. Known as TT2, Tea for the Tillerman 2 is a re-imagining and re-recording of the songs from the earlier album,[162] with updated interpretations and arrangements.[163]. £3.20. It's more intimate, and to me that's the message of this record." The first single released from Mona Bone Jakon was "Lady D'Arbanville", which Stevens wrote about his young American girlfriend Patti D'Arbanville. 24 (the volume indicating its position in the series, not the 24th Cat Stevens collection) winds up having all the faults of this particular series, dividing its 20 songs between hits and album tracks, creating an unsatisfying retrospective. At first he tried forming a band, but realised he preferred performing solo. [75], After a brief engagement to Louise Wightman,[76] Islam married Fauzia Mubarak Ali on 7 September 1979,[75] at Regent's Park Mosque in London. I felt unsure what the right course of action was. And in England, and I was sure in America, they loved animals."[34]. [101], In October 2004, The Sun and The Sunday Times newspapers voiced their support for Yusuf's exclusion from the United States and claimed that he had supported terrorism. However, almost 20 years later, in 1997, the film Rushmore received his permission to use his songs "Here Comes My Baby" and "The Wind", showing a new willingness on his part to release his music from his Western "pop star" days. News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzHyXnDAXTY Oggi si fa chiamare Yusuf Islam ma per noi è e sarà sempre Cat Stevens. [104][106] The news agency apologised and issued a statement saying that Islam has never had any problem in working with women and that he has never required a third party to function as an intermediary at work. Enjoy complimentary Yusuf / Cat Stevens coloring pages with every store purchase. [6] His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent weeks at the top of several major charts. [125] [157][158] The album earned him his first nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. The Very Best Of Cat Stevens. Diplomatic row. His solicitor said "he was made out to be 'so sexist and bigoted that he refused at an awards ceremony to speak to or even acknowledge any women who were not wearing a veil'". Cat achieved early success in the mid 60s with “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son”. [75] The concert closed with his performance along with David Essex, Alun Davies, and Islam's brother, David Gordon, who wrote the finale song "Child for a Day". ", "Don't Be Shy", "Wild World", and "Peace Train".[124]. Spouse (1) Fawzia Ali (9 September 1979 - present) ( 5 children) Trade Mark (1) More often than not sports a beard . On 3 March 2020, Yusuf played the Music for the Marsden benefit concert at the O2 Arena in London. In July 2018, Yusuf signed with BMG Rights Management, which will publish his songwriting credits worldwide and distribute nine of his studio albums. I relied on heresy, that was perhaps my mistake. The harm done is often difficult to repair", and added that he intended to donate the financial award given to him by the court to help orphans of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Islam attended as part of an honorary committee which also included George Martin, Richard Branson, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Klaus Voormann, Christopher Lee and others. And the moon was bright, ya know, and I started dancin' and singin' and I sang that song and it stayed. What that means is that whenever one is confronted by something that is not mentioned in the scriptures, one must observe what benefit it can bring. ", "Trouble", and "I Think I See the Light". Listening to Cat Stevens now after years of only hearing the odd track on the radio, I`m struck by several things. [132], On 30 October 2010 Islam appeared at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's spoof Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC, singing alongside Ozzy Osbourne. [15] In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger and, in 2014, he released the album Tell 'Em I'm Gone and began his first US tour since 1978. (dpa) - Pop singer Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat stevens) and his wife Faezia visit an Adopt-A-Minefield-charity performance in Neuss, Germany, 28 May 2005. The follow-up to Foreigner was Buddha and the Chocolate Box, largely a return to the instrumentation and styles employed in Teaser and the Firecat and Tea for the Tillerman. [108], Realising there were few educational resources designed to teach children about the Islamic religion, Islam wrote and produced a children's album, A Is for Allah, in 2000[109] with the assistance of South African singer-songwriter Zain Bhikha. It seems to be the easiest thing in the world these days to make scurrilous accusations against Muslims and, in my case, it directly impacts on my relief work and damages my reputation as an artist. Make an offer. In March 2006, Islam finished recording his first all-new pop album since 1978. I'd never heard that before – I'd heard of music for money, music for fame, music for personal power, but music for God!

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