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Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam
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Cat Stevens in Böblingen, Germany in 1976
Background information
Birth name Steven Demetre Georgiou
Also known as Steve Adams, Yusuf
Born 21 July 1948 (1948-07-21) (age 72)
Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Folk rock, psychedelic rock, soft rock, pop rock, synthpop, electro, nasheed, spoken word, hamd
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, organ, piano, mellotron, double bass, percussion, synthesizer
Years active 1966–1980 (as Cat Stevens)
1995–present (as Yusuf Islam)
Labels Deram, Island, A&M, Jamal, Ya
Associated acts Alun Davies

Yusuf Islam (born July 21, 1948) is an English singer. He sang many of his early songs when he called himself Cat Stevens. He was born as Stephen Demetre Georgiou to a Swedish mother and Greek father. He became a Muslim in 1977. After 2 years, he took the name of Yusuf İslam. He has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s as Cat Stevens or Yusuf İslam.

As a waiter in his father's cafe, he began writing songs "to escape the mundanity of it all".

Stevens nearly drowned in an accident in Malibu in 1975. Stevens described the event in a VH1 interview some years later: "I suddenly held myself and I said, 'Oh God! If you save me, I'll work for you.'" He had looked into Buddhism; Zen and I Ching, numerology, tarot cards and astrology", but when his brother David gave him a copy of the Qu'ran, Stevens began to convert to Islam.

In 1977 he changed his name to Yusuf Islam upon becoming a Muslim. He stopped playing and recording pop music for almost 30 years, but started performing again in 2006.

He lives with his family in London, England.

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