Cat Stevens' parents ran a restaurant where he learned to play the piano as a child. At age 18, he signed with Decca Records and released his first album, and his single "Wild World" made him a star. Young Stevens and his siblings often pitched in and waited tables. The family lived in a small apartment over the restaurant — the place where Stevens first learned to play the piano — and the glitz, glamour and the nearby theatre presence of the West End was a strong influence on the young musician. Although he was raised Greek Orthodox, Stevens' parents opted to send him to a Roman Catholic school. The combination of the two religious influences helped him develop a strong moral conscience, and provided an anti-Muslim slant to his upbringing. At the age of eight, Stevens' parents divorced but continued to cohabitate. Even in the midst of the turmoil, the young man displayed a natural talent for artistic pursuits. In , the year-old, smitten with The Beatles, convinced his father to buy him a guitar.
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Yusuf and his family thank you all for the wonderful messages of condolence and prayers. It means so much. Yusuf's brother-in-law Alexander Zolas has passed away. The Plastic Peril Read More. Where Do The Children Play? New Video Read More. A Message of Peace Read More. Gallery Visit the Gallery to see the many phases of Cat's evolution: the impressionable London schoolboy; the s pop star; the world renowned poetic troubadour whose spiritual quest led him to leave the limelight in pursuit of answers to life's greatest questions; and finally, the returning traveller seeking to build bridges between the disparate cultures that shaped him. Age of Crises I am sure that we all believe in human progress, but we must ask: what kind of progress do we really believe in?
His debut album and its title song " Matthew and Son " both reached top ten in the UK charts. In December , Stevens converted to Islam  and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In , he auctioned all of his guitars for charity. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 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 , he returned to pop music — releasing his first new studio album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup. Steven Georgiou, born on 21 July in the Marylebone area of London ,  was the youngest child of a Greek Cypriot father, Stavros Georgiou — ,  and a Swedish mother, Ingrid Wickman — All family members worked in the restaurant.
By any name, Yusuf Islam is a legend. Fifty years ago, the man who came to fame as Cat Stevens released his masterpiece album, "Tea For the Tillerman. And now, he has a new album coming out in the fall, but you might already know every word to every song. In "Tea For the Tillerman 2," Yusuf has re-recorded every track, but with the perspective that 50 years of living can bring.