The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Cat Stevens

Induction category: Performer

Biography

The musical odyssey of Cat Stevens is well documented, from teenage London art school songsmith (“The First Cut Is The Deepest,” the Tremeloes’ “Here Comes My Baby”) to introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Who can measure the courage it took him in the late ’70s, after seven years of multi-platinum success in the U.S. (and over a decade in the UK) to convert to Islam, amidst the wave of turmoil and confusion that was engulfing the world? He left his touring and recording life behind and named himself Yusuf Islam. Inevitably, many longtime fans abandoned him, and he ...

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Cat Stevens Highlights

"[Rock Hall induction] certainly brings happiness to my fans and those who have campaigned for it. Embarrassingly, it makes me feel good, too."

- Cat Stevens

Rock Hall's Essential Songs

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