Sunday morning music

This one’s for Cat lovers . . . Cat Stevens, that is, or Steven Demetre Georgiou as he was born, or Yusuf Islam as he is today.  He was tremendously popular and influential in the music scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s.  I’m sure many of my older readers remember him with as much pleasure as I do.  Here are just a few of his songs.

From his debut album in 1966, here’s the title track, “Matthew and Son”.

From his second album, 1967’s “New Masters“, here’s “The First Cut is the Deepest”.

His third album, “Mona Bone Jakon“, delivered this perennial favorite: “Lady d’Arbanville“, written about his girlfriend at the time, Patti d’Arbanville. Here’s a live version, undated, but looking to be from the mid- to late 1970’s.

From the album “Teaser and the Firecat” comes “Moonshadow”.

From his sixth studio album, “Catch Bull at Four“, here’s “O Caritas”.  There are various translations of the Latin lyrics:  if you’re interested, see here, here or here.

And to close, here’s a live performance from 1976 of “The Wind”, from his album “Teaser and the Firecat”.

Lots of memories there . . .



  1. Never listened to him again after he said the tragedy that was 911 was a good thing to happen to us.

  2. It wasn't 9/11, but when he endorsed the Fatwa against Salman Rushdie that he went into the irredeemable column.

  3. He's on the list of 'listening pleasure' music here at our house.
    I just listened to several of his albums including Teaser and the Firecat, earlier this evening.

  4. Well, at least he's kept out of further controversies – maybe he can learn to be human instead of mindless fanatic…

  5. Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) is no longer on my playlist, unless he converts that is… 😉

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