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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 July 1948London, England, UK
Birth NameStephen Demetre Georgiou
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cat Stevens was born on July 21, 1948 in London, England as Stephen Demetre Georgiou. He has been married to Fawzia Ali since September 9, 1979. They have five children.

Spouse (1)

Fawzia Ali (9 September 1979 - present) (5 children)

Trade Mark (1)

More often than not sports a beard

Trivia (15)

Released his first album in 17 years - "Life of the Last Prophet" (1995); It contains 66 minutes of narration about the life of Mohammad plus three traditional Islamic songs.
Decided to pursue religion after nearly drowning off the coast of Malibu, California. He converted to Islam after his brother took a trip to Jerusalem.
Changed his name from Stephen Georgiou to Cat Stevens to Yusuf Islam.
Parents are Stavros Georgiou and Ingrid Wickman.
Re-recorded hit song "Peace Train" for the collective album "Hope" (April 2003) in support of peace for Iraq.
Family: Is of Greek Cypriot heritage - his father is Greek, mother is Swedish. Has four daughters and one son.
Universally derided in 1989 when he allegedly went on record supporting the Ayatollah Khomeini's death sentence against The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. Stevens's records were burned and taken out of stores, and many radio stations permanently boycotted his music. Nearly a decade later, Stevens claimed he was highly misquoted, that he did not support the Ayatollah's sentence. Rather, he merely reiterated the Koran's teachings about those who "defame the prophet". Stevens says he bears no ill will towards Rushdie, and did not wish for him to be killed.
Released in November 1968 after spending three months in hospital recovering from tuberculosis.
On a flight from London on September 21, 2004, he was refused entry to the United States on national security grounds. The flight had already taken off before his name was spotted as being on the American "watch list". The plane was diverted to Bangor, Maine, where he was taken off and returned to London.
Wrote "Sweet Scarlet" for love interest Carly Simon and she wrote "Anticipation" for him.
Refused to license his song "Father and Son" for use in Moulin Rouge! (2001). It was the first musical number in the original script. Because of his current religious beliefs, he objected to the sexual content in the film. The scene featuring "Father and Son" was to have been between Christian and his father in his father's office, with all his father's employees joining in for the chorus. This was to be the segue into his leaving home for Paris. The scene is included in the complete script on the Special Edition DVD.
Following the 9/11 attacks, he issued a statement "expressing his horror at the attacks on the innocent people of the United States". He also stated that "no right thinking Muslim would ever condone such Acts".
Is a vegetarian.
Abandoned the music business in 1978 and converted to Islam.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Personal Quotes (3)

And if you want to be you, be you./ And if you want to be me, be me./ 'Cos there's a million things to be,/ you know that there are.
[Would you give Salman Rushdie shelter?] Yes, I'd then phone the Ayatollah Khomeni and tell him where this man is. [Would you go to a demonstration where an effigy would be burnt?] I would hope it was the real thing.
Considering that the judges have actually voted for someone who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't throw televisions out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife, I'd say it was a very brave decision. And one which was unexpected, and strangely, outrageously rock & roll. [on his induction to rock and roll hall of fame]

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