“Wild World” Performed by Cat Stevens (1971)

July 25, 2008

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“Yusuf Islam, (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London, UK), best known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British musician of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam.

As ‘Cat Stevens’, he has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s. His albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were both certified as Triple Platinum by the RIAA in the United States (three million sales each); his album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release and was Billboard’s number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. His songwriting has also earned him two ASCAP songwriting awards for “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” which has been a hit single for five different artists.

Stevens converted to Islam at the height of his fame in 1977. The following year, he adopted his Muslim name Yusuf Islam and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. In 2006, he returned to pop music, with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup.

He has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including 2003′s World Award,[2] the 2004 Man for Peace award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. He lives with his wife and children in London. Yusuf Islam spends part of each year in Dubai.” (SOURCE)

Cat Stevens became interested in folk rock music while in college and in 1965 he began performing as “Steve Adams”. He was soon signed to Decca records and by 1966 he had his first hit record in the U.K. as “Cat Stevens” entitled “I Love My Dog”. He continued to be successful on the British charts until he was stricken with tuberculosis in 1968.

After his recovery from his illness and signing to a new record label, Island, his second Island album, “Tea for the Tillerman”,  made both the U.K. Top 20 and #8 in the U.S. where his Island recordings were licensed to A&M Records. Stevens had composed all the songs and this is the LP from which today’s featured song “Wild World” appeared. The single went to #11 Pop in the U.S.

Please enjoy this live performance of “Wild World”.  “WW”, “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow” are my three favorites from Cat.

Also check out more of Cat’s quite interesting life events on his WIKI page at the source link in the introductory summary quoted above.

The official web site of Cat Stevens in here.

Thanks for spending some time with me.  I appreciate your visit.

Musically Yours,

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elladon June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

HI there, thanks for sharing this post. What can I say, a complete legend.


2 SonDan June 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Hi Elladon,

Cat/Yusef is mos def 2 good 2 be 4gotten so naturally I had to mention him here at OSML! Thank you so very much for your input and please return and tell a friend that loves classic oldies about OSML Elladon.


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