Cat Stevens

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2014

Inducted by: Art Garfunkel

Nominated in: 2006   2014

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2015 (ranked #180) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Tea For The Tillerman (1970)
Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
The First Cut Is The Deepest (1967)
Wild World (1970)
Father and Son (1970)
Peace Train (1971)
Moonshadow (1971)

Cat Stevens @ Wikipedia

Cat Stevens Videos


67 comments so far (post your own)

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.

I wonder if he would show up for an induction ceremony?

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

Cat's In The Cradle was recorded by Harry Chapin. So are you talking about Chapin or Cat Stevens?

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.

He made the choice to convert to radical Islam. 'Nuff said!

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 revolutionary on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 19:08pm
I got sick of it because it interfered with my Guess Who and Gordon Lightfoot albums

Gosh that is funny.. I like cat Stevens stuff...
I could see how his music would get in the way with those bands/acts LOL..I like Guess Who and lightfoot were/are ok...Try not playing them at the same time...

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?

Didn't think so.

To conclude, had Cat Stevens' ONLY contribution to popular music been the effortless "Tea For The Tillerman", he'd STILL deserve to be an inductee. In religious terms, his omission from the Hall is a mortal sin.

Posted by Vince on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 21:47pm


I would've said yes about six months ago, but thanks to a psycho listener who seems to think my name is either "Bubba" or "Pardner" always f***** requesting "Wild World", I never want to hear anything by Cat Stevens ever again. Hearing it that much, and going over his other stuff again, has made me realize he just wasn't that great.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:38pm


Play Misty for me...


Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 19:30pm


Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 13:58pm

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Cat Stevens collaborated with Andy Gibb, the song would be called...

What is "Moon Shadow Dancing?"

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
now more than ever...

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"

The long road is a raibbow and the pot of gold lies there
Just snip the chain and I'm off again
You'll find me everywhere
'Cause I'm a rover
Paul Samwell-Smith, former Yardbird and Cat Stevens' producer would later produce Tull's "The Broadsword And The Beast" which happens to be the only Tull album where an outside producer was enlisted. All the other Tull albums were produced by Ian Anderson. Paul Samwell-Smith also produced Carly Simon's sophomore album "Anticipation" The hit title track, later a Heinz ketchup commercial, was written about a fling Carly had with Cat. Carly opened up for Cat at the Troubadour in 1971 and she waited for Cat to call her for a date.

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

...and with Ian Anderson 'Stand Up' in 1969

Cat Stevens is probably now hampered by his beliefs....tho' as far as I am aware he has only ever been a peaceful individual

His influence on other artists who have covered his songs is very diverse...

The Tremeloes had a UK hit with 'Here Comes My Baby' in 1966

'The First Cut is The Deepest' was also a sixties hit for P.P.Arnold

'Wild World' an important early big hit for Jamacan star Jimmy Cliff - who himself has already been inducted ! - it's basic melody was later 'borrowed' for a song by The Pet Shop Boys

'Remember The Days of The old Schoolyard' was a hit for Linda Lewis (who sang backup vocals on Cat's 'Catch Bull At Four' album)

Cat also donated a song on 'Back To Earth' to the UNICEF Children's charity ('Daytime' I think it was called)

In the UK his 'Morning Has Broken' is currently used in the TV Commercial appeal for funds to support the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

while 'I Love My Dog' has been used in TV Ads for animals...& 'Moonshadow' has also been used in commercials too.

Cat's songs have been used in films as well.

Cat did much to popularise the Acoustic singer/songwriter style in the early seventies....which no doubt led to other equally talented artists like the Late Great Nick Drake etc being signed up by Record companies....(in Nick's case the SAME Record Company as Cat's - Island Records), and many people then took to listening to such artists with deeper critical respect that before probably when many would have bypassed them as just being 'Folkys'

- certainly AFTER Cat had hit big in 1970 with 'Lady A'Arbanville' the solo singer/songwriter became a very BIG thing in both UK & USA with artists like John Denver (whose vast international success came later) , James Taylor,(whose inital 1969 album on Apple had not been a big success) Ralph McTell (then really a 'cult'folk artist) , all then having major chart hits....and the more obscure 'cult' artists like Nick Drake, etc getting Record contracts and being taken seriously at companies such as Island signed them up..

Besides the obvious likes of Bob Dylan & Donovan etc, and a more marginalised section of Folk or Country singers who appealed to a set audience, there were not very many solo singer/songwriters enjoying such larger sustained public success pre followed thereafter

Plus of course Cat Stevens also had a two year TOP mid sixties career as a highly original solo 'Pop Star' type singer (Hence his later song re that period) doing highly individualistic original material, cutting two albums & having UK singles hits with songs such as 'I Love my Dog', 'Matthew & Son', 'A Bad Night' etc....

Posted by Rob on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 12:00pm

Sorry that is meant to read 'Lady D'Arbanville' (Typo error !)

Jethro Tull's 'Jack in the Green' on 'Songs from The Wood'(1977) has a very 'Cat Stevens' feel to it as well....

Cat introduced his solo singer/songwriter Acoustic style as early as 1967 with 'Portobello Road' (co-written by Cat Stevens & Kim Fowley) and 'The Tramp'...besides 'I Love My Dog' on his first album: 'Matthew & Son' (Deram/Decca)

Both Cat's mid sixties albums 'Matthew & Son' & 'New Masters' (which included 'the First Cut is The deepest') were fully original a young artist then aged about 18 years old !

while later songs such as 'Where Are you ?' (1968) further developed his more intimate song styling

'Lovely City (When Do You Laugh ?)' (1968) introduced the Greek instruments like Bozouki (is that spelt right ?) later used in songs like 'Ruby My Love' etc...

Cat also played Acoustic guitar & piano on many of his mid sixties Decca recordings too, which featured very imaginative Orchestral accompaniment arranged & Produced by Mike Hurst (Formerly of Dusty Springfield's old Folky/Pop group The Springfields).

After being taken seriously ill in 1969....Cat Stevens then recovered from Tuberculosis & a collapsed Lung to then resume his career in 1970....hence his voice sounded deeper thereafter

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" . . .

what he said . . .

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.

Cat Stevens had no talent?..........that's hilarious!!

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.

Cat is one of the best songwriters of his era and could trash most songwriters from today, easily, though thats not saying much at all.

I can say that I see the comparison with cat stevens and heavy horses or jack and the green...but there are times when Im listening to heavy horses where Ian Andersons theatrical quality would seem very simular to cat stevens. I could see why other artists would want to nick" that emotive style from cat's singing, its so heartfelt.

But surely if we are to talk about one chord progression sounding like another we should understand chord progressions aren't invented, they are borrowed. Even cat would admit that.

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.

I agree with the last post Ian Anderson Singing (effects) on Heavy Horses and some other recordings could fool someone telling them it was Cat, especially with the heavy breathing Cat does in between lines....All of a sudden Ian anderson had that same sound vocally.

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!)
He has to be inducted RIGHT now, he is like the only good singer i ever heard (besides james blunt)
but i don't thinkthey will induct him because he is a muslim now. :(

Posted by odeon on Tuesday, 05.24.11 @ 20:08pm

Aren't you all proud to be American?

I'm sick to my stomach.

Posted by Pizza on Monday, 06.6.11 @ 17:56pm

Im with you, sick to my stomach.

Cat Stevens should be inducted now, are you crazy?

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.

I saw a few of his recent concert appearances on You Tube.They were excellent. 1 looked like it was inside a mosque & another in a more traditional concert hall. His longtime friend & guitarist by his side. Cat Stevens one of my FAV singer-songwriters. The RRHOF was right on this induction. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 14:29pm

Why such a difficult task to find the right person to induct Cat Stevens?

James Taylor? Neil Young? Rod Stewart? Elton John? Billy Joel? Randy Newman?

Oh wait, I sense something...

Barack Obama! And you all know why! The whole Muslim thing with Cat Stevens and people thinking Obama is a Muslim. They can make a joke of it at the ceremony.

Then FOX News will have a field day with it!

Barack Obama inducts Cat Stevens into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

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

James Taylor
Neil Young
Rod Stewart
Elton John
Billy Joel
Randy Newman
Dolly Parton
Anthony Kiedis
Salman Rushdie
Barack Obama

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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