|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Inducted in: 2014
Inducted by: Art Garfunkel
First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2015 (ranked #180) .
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He needs to be in the hall like right now. I can't believe he's not in it already. He's freaking cat stevens. Happiness is listening to Cat Stevens...
Posted by chris on Friday, 12.8.06 @ 15:02pm
He's a big hit-maker, (I'd think he gets in for Moonshadow alone) and he's a political pariah, which suggests that he's quite appealing to both the main-stream and the more anarchistic of the voters. Or... perhaps that cancels it out.
Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 00:46am
If Cat Stevens doesn't get in, will he declare a jihad against the Hall?
Posted by punster1941 on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 00:24am
I've read that it was Joey Ramone's deathbed request that Cat Stevens be inducted... for what that's worth.
Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 08:57am
Cat Stevens deserves to be in for sure....
Posted by Anon on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 10:07am
Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am
Many people don't realize Cat Stevens wrote "The First Cut Is the Deepest" popularized by both Sheryl Crow and Rod Stewart. Crow's version gets a lot of airplay, so that should be enough criteria to put him in.
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 15:38pm
I happen to be a big fan of Cat Stevens, but I don't think that because Stewart and Crow recorded "First Cut Is The Deepest" would be the reason that he would be inducted. But his singing/songwriting library could be a better reason.
Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 16:17pm
Very influential, briliant songwriter. He will make it hopefully in the next 5 years.
Posted by JasonP on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 21:35pm
Does anyone have an idea why he wasn't voted in the first time? C'mon, Cat's Cradle and countless other deep cutting songs with over 60 million record sales around the world, I just don't get it. Wondering if there's a political side here that's preventing him from being a slam dunk?
Posted by bill on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 11:25am
C'mon, Cat's Cradle and countless other deep cutting songs - bill
Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 12:40pm
This guy frigging wrote Wild world and father and son!
Posted by adam on Sunday, 08.31.08 @ 04:58am
I cannot overstate the influence of Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser and the firecat
Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 19:59pm
It's a crying shame Cat's not in. Also Jim Croce. Whoever votes for the hall are insane Maddona in the hall before these guys is crap.
Posted by Spongeraj on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 17:11pm
nice stuff cat dooooo
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 21:48pm
C'mon, we all know the real reason this guy will never get in, in spite of the fact he deserves to.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 17:30pm
It took him 15 years just to get nominated?!?!
Posted by Firebrick on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 16:44pm
Cat Stevens has very little talent. The guy next door to me in University from 1969-1972 always played Cat Stevens. I got sick of it because it interfered with my Guess Who and Gordon Lightfoot albums. His singing reminds me of fingernails along a chalk board. If he's as bad a Muslim as he was a singer, we have nothing to worry about.
Posted by revolutionary on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 19:08pm
Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 21:10pm
Cat Stevens was the voice of our collective consciousness during the early 70's. During a time when Vietnam war protest songs were screaming out of our radio speakers, Cat Stevens only needed to whisper, yet his message was so much more powerful. Looking at the world through his eyes made it seem like a far better place than it actually was. Listening to his introspective songs about himself led us to look deeper into OURSELVES and made the exercise far less painful because of his warm, spiritual, and optimistic view. Cat Stevens is being kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(in spite of a few nominations) because he walked away from the industry to become a Muslim. In spite of the fact that he's respected around the world as a humanitarian for his contributions to English education, his selfless philanthropy cannot stop deep-rooted hatred in the hearts of those powerful enough to keep him from getting the recognition he deserves - even now that he's ended his artistic silence and picked up the guitar once more. OK, Internet folks - answer THIS question: Can you name a Muslim who has been inducted into the Rock Hall?
Posted by Vince on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 21:47pm
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:38pm
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 19:30pm
Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 13:58pm
Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 02:51am
Cat Stevens should get in just for the Harold and Maude soundtrack alone!!
Posted by tom on Tuesday, 12.1.09 @ 17:12pm
Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 20:13pm
Brilliant, influential, prolific, and eminently listenable . . . what more does it take? Oh, yeah . . . not being a proud Muslim would help. I don't think he'll get in just based on his outspoken support for Islam (and the consequent name change) . . . people these days are biased against anyone who takes those kinds of political positions. To paraphrase our immediate past "leader" -- inducting Cat Stevens "wouldn't be prudent!" . . . even though it WOULD be right! . . . um, correct . . . oh, never mind . . .
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 23:58pm
I agree Michael
Posted by L-7 on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 00:14am
Having said that I agree. I think he should be in.. He is one fantastic writer /poet... He should be In
Posted by L-7 on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 00:17am
An excellent singer-songwriter candidate. The Islam thing may turn a lot of people off despite the fact that he's become one of its best ambassadors.
Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 17:40pm
I don't understand why isn't in the rock and roll hall of fame? So many hits composed by him:Wild world,father and son, heaven,peace train,lady d'arbanville,moonshadow,fill my eyes....he is one of the best in sixtees and seventies period.Very good voice and great talent. one explanation his religious way???
Posted by michel on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 15:43pm
Jethro Tull's album "Heavy Horses" has a song called "Rover" which is lyrically reminiscent of Cat Stevens "On The Road to Findout"
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 05:12am
Don't forget Terry Ellis....who co-produced with Jethro Tull 'This Was...' in 1968
Posted by Rob on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 12:00pm
Sorry that is meant to read 'Lady D'Arbanville' (Typo error !)
Posted by Rob on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 12:20pm
He's had in incredible life, but most memorable are his songs. Yes, he should be inducted ASAP.
Posted by Katy on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 20:32pm
"had Cat Stevens' ONLY contribution to popular music been the effortless "Tea For The Tillerman", he'd STILL deserve to be an inductee" . . .
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 04:23am
Cats in the Cradle............just shows people post....with no idea what they're talking about.
Posted by Jimmy on Wednesday, 03.23.11 @ 11:37am
Some people always confuse Cat Stevens with Harry Chapin's Cat's In The Cradle because his name is Cat. Cat Stevens did not sing Cat's In The Cradle.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.23.11 @ 19:15pm
Yeah, it's really telling when you claim to be a fan of Cat Stevens and then make a statement like "I love his song Cat's in the Cradle!!"
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 03.24.11 @ 14:24pm
I look at the rock and roll hall of fame like I do the federal reserve.
Posted by Greg on Monday, 05.9.11 @ 14:29pm
Nick Drake Equal to Cat Stevens. As talented as Nick Drake Was, I disagree he just doesnt have the same amount of prolific songs in his catalog.
Posted by bob on Monday, 05.9.11 @ 14:43pm
Cat stevens wrote song's like fater and son child for a day wild world sitting sad lisa trouble lady darbanville drywood if you want to sing out peace train moonshadow jesus father remember the day's of the old schoolyard kathamdu portobello road the first cut is the deepest o very young etc. etc. i could go on a while (i know almost all his songs!)
Posted by odeon on Tuesday, 05.24.11 @ 20:08pm
Aren't you all proud to be American?
Posted by Pizza on Monday, 06.6.11 @ 17:56pm
Im with you, sick to my stomach.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 08.16.11 @ 15:54pm
Nope, Cat Stevens doesn't deserve to go into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. I personally don't care about his religious background as that is his business and no one else's. Musically, there's nothing about Cat Stevens that can be called rock 'n' roll. Too soft, too radio-friendly, not to mention it's pretty hard to distinguish him from the rest of the weepy singer-songwriters that poisoned the music charts in the first half of the '70s. He's one of those performers who was big in his day, but is more or less a footnote in today's landscape (i.e., John Denver, the Monkees, the Carpenters, etc.). There's already enough illegitimate acts that have been inducted into the Hall of Shame, why keep adding more?
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 01:16am
What a man of vision in his songs! Worrds of thought ,music of love.He should be in I am sure all with any kinda of compassion would agree.
Posted by Happy on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 08:40am
I think Cat Stevens should get in. Why? Because his first name is (or was) Cat....and I happen to like Cats. I have 2 Cats (FELINES for the layman on the street).........
Posted by phil on Wednesday, 10.24.12 @ 16:01pm
A must In ,,,! maybe this year!
Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 04:34am
Third-rate singer/songwriter. Hope he stays out.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 19:54pm
Will he be let into the country to attend his inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? What's the latest on his status?
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.10.13 @ 08:33am
Chic and Cat Stevens both nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the same year and if inducted.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.15.13 @ 22:24pm
he got my vote
Posted by jake on Thursday, 10.17.13 @ 15:18pm
he got my vote
Posted by jake on Thursday, 10.17.13 @ 15:18pm
I LOVE Cat, but I hate hatred in then name of religion because I am a live and let live person. That is my reservation. In letting Cat in. Why the Hate???
Posted by Tisabusyb on Sunday, 10.20.13 @ 22:36pm
Chalkie said that Stevens has done more positive stuff for Islam than anyone else. Ahem...
Posted by Sam on Friday, 10.25.13 @ 18:49pm
Teaser and the Firecat was out in 1971, not in 1970.
Posted by Florian on Tuesday, 10.29.13 @ 07:12am
I think he will get IN
Posted by Happy on Monday, 11.11.13 @ 12:34pm
So happy for Cat Stevens induction. Made some of the best songs of the 70's. Father & Son moves me everytime I hear it.Just timeless classic songs.
Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 14:29pm
Why such a difficult task to find the right person to induct Cat Stevens?
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.1.14 @ 14:54pm
Maybe Salman Rushdie of the Satanic Verses and Cat Stevens have patched things up and Rushdie will be the one giving the induction speech for Cat Stevens.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.1.14 @ 18:44pm
Will Anthony Kiedis induct Cat Stevens?
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.2.14 @ 06:02am
Dolly Parton is a great songwriter who has often praised Cat Stevens as a great songwriter, in fact she was going to meet Yusef Islam in Nashville when Bush 43 put Yusef Islam on a "do not let him enter" list.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.6.14 @ 02:34am
Candidates for giving the induction speech for Cat Stevens
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.6.14 @ 07:08am
Dolly Parton is on Rolling Stones new list of Top 20 artists who should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's looking more and more like it will be Dolly Parton who inducts Cat Stevens.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.9.14 @ 17:09pm
Dolly Parton could be this year's Oprah Winfrey.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.10.14 @ 07:31am
Art Garfunkel inducts Cat Stevens
Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.11.14 @ 07:54am
The Cat's In The Cradle is not by Cat Stevens, it's by Harry Chapin.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.15.15 @ 08:38am
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