Tag: Yusuf Islam

Wednesday 7/22/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; July 21, 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career, Islamic music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

His 1967 debut album and its title song “Matthew and Son” both reached top ten in the UK charts. Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were certified triple platinum in the US. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent weeks at the top of several major charts. 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.[9] His other hit songs include “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Moonshadow”, “Peace Train”, 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 of his guitars for charity. He has since bought back at least one of these guitars as a result of the efforts of his son Yoriyos, and left his musical 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 as well as other humanitarian awards.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first new studio album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup. With that release and subsequent ones, he dropped the surname “Islam” from the album cover art – using the stage name Yusuf as a mononym. 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. His second North American tour since his resurgence, featuring 12 shows in intimate venues, ran from September 12 to October 7, 2016. In 2017, he released the album The Laughing Apple.

Artist Countdown: Cat Stevens (Yusuf) Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @YusufCatStevens

Cat StevensYusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. He is a prominent convert to Islam. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. 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 are “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. 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, 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. – Wikipedia

1 Morning Has Broken
2 Another Saturday Night
3 Father and Son Ronan Keating with Yusuf Islam
4 Moonshadow
5 (Remember The Days of the) Old School Yard
6 Peace Train
7 Oh Very Young
8 Sitting
9 The Hurt
10 Banapple Gas
11 Two Fine People
12 Wild World
13 Lady D’Arbanville
14 Matthew and Son
15 I Love My Dog
16 I’m Gonna Get Me a Gun
17 Can’t Keep It In
18 A Bad Night
19 Father and Son
20 Ready
21 Was Dog a Doughnut?
22 Sweet Jamaica
23 I Want To Live in a Wigwam
24 Kitty
25 Bad Brakes
26 Lovely City (When Do You Laugh)
27 Just Another Night
28 Thinking ‘Bout You
29 Roadsinger (To Warm You Through the Night)
30 Honey Man  (with Elton John)