Happy Birthday, Cat Stevens

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From his first charted Canadian (CHUM)  single “I Love My Dog” in December 1966 (which peaked at #32) through to his signature triple Platinum albums ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ (1970), ‘Firecat’ (1971) and ‘Catch Bull At Four’ (1972) , this British singer-songwriter, humanitarian and philanthropist has had a career unlike many others.

From the timeless “Father And Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train” and “Another Saturday Night” which topped the Chum Charts at #1 to his well-crafted songs that have been hits by others such as  “Rod Stewart’s version of  “The First Cut Is The Deepest”  and  Maxi Priest’s “Wild World”  he has remained on the charts for over 40 years. Aside from his music career, after converting to Islam in 1977 and selling most of his music possessions, he devoted himself to educational and philanthropic causes and as a result of his efforts, received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two different organizations. In recognition of his musical output, last year, upon returning to the stage for the first time since 1978, he was also inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame!

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