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Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens became an instant sensation while still a teenager with his 1967 debut album Matthew and Son. Stevens’ unmistakable voice, articulate narratives, and seamless blend of folk, pop, and rock brought him to the forefront of the nascent singer/songwriter movement. For the rest of the decade and well into the 1970s, this British artist conquered the globe, thanks in part to classic collections Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat.

Some of Stevens most famous songs include “Wild World,” “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow,” and “Morning Has Broken.” This troubadour also wrote “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” which was a hit for no less than four artists (across three different decades): P. P. Arnold, Keith Hampshire, Rod Stewart, and Sheryl Crow.

In spite of all his success, Stevens abandoned the limelight by the late ’70s—embracing the Muslim religion and changing his name to Yusuf Islam. Though he recorded a string of faith-themed records under his new name in the ’90s, he didn’t return to mainstream music until 2006, but garnered just as much critical acclaim as the first time around.

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