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Yusuf/Cat Stevens to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

The forthcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in New York on June 13, 2019.

His singles “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew & Son” established him as a pop sensation, however, he penned hits for other artists such as The Tremeloes (“Here Comes My Baby”) and P.P. Arnold (“The First Cut is the Deepest”). Speaking of “The First Cut is the Deepest,” it would be subsequently recorded by such artists as Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow.

He was born Steven Demetre Georgiou. In 1977, Steven embraced the Islamic faith, and one year later, he changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He went on to spend 30 years dedicating his life to charity, education, raising his family, as well as exploring his faith.

The esteemed musician is known for writing “Peace Train,” which is a seminal anthem of optimism and unity. This song is as relevant today as when he first released it in 1971.

In 2006, the iconic singer-songwriter returned to the music business. He went on to record four additional albums, including The Laughing Apple, which earned him a 2018 Grammy nomination for “Best Folk Music Album.”

In 2014, Yusuf/Cat Stevens was inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in its “Performers” category. He has also received many international humanitarian awards for his philanthropic efforts.

To learn more about Yusuf/Cat Stevens and his music, check out his official website.

Read More: This journalist reviewed Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on September 19, 2016. This was his first show in New York in over 40 years.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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