Yusuf Islam

Yusuf Islam

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Steven Demetre Georgiou
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He became a Muslim in 1977 after his brother had given him a copy of the Quraan to read.
It was from there, that he had changed his name and had promised to release one more album with his old time producer Paul Samwell-Smith called, "Back To Earth".
Upon retiring, he felt that it was not right to live in a life of luxury, and he was helping in humanitarian and charitable causes. He also gained government funding for under-privileged Muslim schools in Britain. Yusuf now annually donates over half his income to charity.

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.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam[10] and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity[11] 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.

In 1995, Yusuf Islam (after the silence of eighteen years) released another release "The Life Of The Last Prophet" on his own label: Mountain Of Light followed by "A For Allah" in 2000.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup.[12][13] With that release and for 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.He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. In October 2014, he launched his book entitled "Why I Still Carry A Guitar".
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Yusuf Islam Discography

Albums

MOL 70006 CD Yusuf Islam Prayers Of The Last Prophet(CD, Album) Mountain Of Light MOL 70006 CD Austria 1998 Sell This Version
MOL 70001 mc3 Yusuf Islam The Life Of The Last Prophet(Cass, Album) Mountain Of Light MOL 70001 mc3 UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Yusuf Islam & Friends* Yusuf Islam & Friends* - Bismillah (CD, Album) Asır Ajans none Turkey 2001 Sell This Version
Yusuf Islam & Arkadaşları (2) Yusuf Islam & Arkadaşları (2) - Son Peygamber'e Övgüler (Album, Comp) Asır Media Turkey 2002 Sell This Version
Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children* I Look, I See (MiniAlbum) Mountain Of Light Turkey 2003 Sell This Version
Yusuf* An Other Cup (Album) Atlantic Australia 2006 Sell This Version
80 PG7456 Yusuf* / Cat Stevens Yusuf* / Cat Stevens - Selections From An Other Cup(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Atlantic, Ya Records 80 PG7456 UK 2006 Sell This Version
B0012188-02 Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam - Tea For The Tillerman(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) A&M Records B0012188-02 US 2008 Sell This Version
Yusuf* Roadsinger (Album) Eder Music Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Yusuf Islam Tell 'Em I'm Gone (Album) Legacy, Sony Music, Cat-O-Log Records Brazil 2014 Sell This Version
Yusuf* / Cat Stevens Yusuf* / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple (Album) Cat-O-Log Records UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

J70027 Yusuf Islam Peace Train & Angel Of War(CD, Single, Promo) Jamal Records J70027 2003 Sell This Version
Ronan Keating Featuring Yusuf* Ronan Keating Featuring Yusuf* - Father And Son (Single) Polydor Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Yusuf* Heaven / Where True Love Goes (Single) Ya Records (2) UK 2006 Sell This Version
MIDDAY1 Yusuf* Midday (Avoid City After Dark)(CD, Single, Promo) Ya Records (2), Polydor MIDDAY1 UK 2006 Sell This Version
MAYBE Yusuf* Maybe There's A World(CD, Single, Promo) Ya Records (2), Polydor MAYBE Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Yusuf* With Paul McCartney & Dolly Parton Yusuf* With Paul McCartney & Dolly Parton - Roadsinger / Boots & Sand (Single) Island Records UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none Yusuf* I Was Raised In Babylon(CDr, Single, Promo) Sony Music none Europe 2014 Sell This Version
Yusuf* / Cat Stevens Yusuf* / Cat Stevens - I Love My Dog (Single) Third Man Records US 2016 Sell This Version
none Yusuf* Thinking 'Bout You(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records none France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

MOL006C Yusuf Islam & Arkadaşları (2) Yusuf Islam & Arkadaşları (2) - Night Of Remembrance(CD, Album, Comp) Asır Media, Mountain Of Light, Jamal Records MOL006C 2004 Sell This Version
Yusuf Islam Footsteps In The Light (Comp) Asır Media, Mountain Of Light, Jamal Turkey 2006 Sell This Version

Videos

Yusuf Islam Yusuf's Cafe Session Universal Music DVD Video Europe 2007 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Yusuf* My People(File, MP3) Ya Records (2) none Germany 2011

Reviews

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djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

October 27, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
One would think with a name like Yussef Islam, that international air travel might be something of a hassle. And yet the man did wind up being the sole reason an American bound 747 had to make an emergency landing in Maine after being on the terrorists watch list. The ironic thing is that Yussef also is Cat Stevens and made one of the very first Electro records called "Was Dog A Doughnut" way back in 1977. That record was released at the same exact point Kraftwerk did "Trans-Europe-Express"
so the odds of Yusef hearing Kraftwerk was unlikely. I think everything about this guy is strange. Electroclash would be nothing without him.

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