Yusuf, Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) began writing songs in his teens and quickly found success with his debut single, ‘I Love My Dog’. His follow-up single, ‘Matthew & Son’ helped establish him as a bona fide pop star.
In 1968 Cat’s career was derailed when he contracted a near fatal bout of TB. After a long convalescence during which he underwent somewhat of a spiritual awakening he returned to the industry in 1970 looking and sounding completely different. The clean cut teen idol was replaced by a long-haired, bearded troubadour and the heavy orchestration of his early songs gave way to stripped-down, intimate acoustic arrangements.
A sequence of four consecutive albums: Mona Bone Jackon (1970), Tea for the Tillerman (1970), Teaser and the Firecat (1971), and Catch Bull at Four (1972), would elevate Cat to the very heights of musical stardom producing many of his most beloved and timeless songs including ‘Wild World’, ‘Father & Son’, ‘Peace Train’, ‘Moonshadow’ and ‘Morning Has Broken’.