Cat Steves

December 23rd, 1977: Singer Cat Stevens formally converts to Islam, taking the name Yusuf Islam.

English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. Born Steven Georgiou, he changed his name to Cat Stevens early on in his career and released his debut album “Matthew and Son” in 1967. Stevens’ music became more folk rock and led to a series of successful albums with such worldwide hits such as “Wild World” “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow”.

Steven converted to Islam in 1977 after a near-death experience, almost drowning off the coast of California. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and gave up his musical career, concentrating on Muslim humanitarian and peace endeavors. Stevens eventually returned to recording and performing in the 1990s. His first performance in English came in 2003 at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS benefit concert alongside Peter Gabriel in Cape Town. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Born: July 21, 1948
Birthplace: London, England
Age: 73 years old

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