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- Catching the Peace Train to make a comebackhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02prx65.jpg2015-04-22T16:17:00ZYusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, talks about his 20 year break from music.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/bf27c046-38b4-4b0f-ad65-358ed588cddf?clipfocus=p02pryxtSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 2 mins
Catching the Peace Train to make a comeback
- Yusuf speaks to Paul Joneshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cj6zt.jpg2014-11-26T15:16:00ZYusuf, formerly Cat Stevens, speaks to Paul Jones about his latest album.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/bf27c046-38b4-4b0f-ad65-358ed588cddf?clipfocus=p02ctqljSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 15 mins
Yusuf speaks to Paul Jones
- Yusuf / Cat Stevens speaks to Simon Mayohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028pbln.jpg2014-10-15T10:02:00ZYusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, speaks to Simon about his new album.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/bf27c046-38b4-4b0f-ad65-358ed588cddf?clipfocus=p028qcrgSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 17 mins
Yusuf / Cat Stevens speaks to Simon Mayo
- Cat Stevens is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01k8qhp.jpg2013-10-27T20:59:00ZJan Godfrey in East Preston nominates Cat Stevens for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/bf27c046-38b4-4b0f-ad65-358ed588cddf?clipfocus=p01k8qj8Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
Cat Stevens is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
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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. His 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", and 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 two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.