Until this week, Cat Stevens -- now known as Yusuf Islam -- had pretty much given up all hope of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In April, Islam will join Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss, and Nirvana, among others, as part of the Rock Hall's class of 2014.
Yusuf Islam was born Steven Georgiou in London and is of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry. He converted to the Islamic faith in 1977. As Cat Stevens, he has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, and is best remembered for his string of 1970's hits including "Wild World," "Peace Train," "Morning Has Broken," "Another Saturday Night," and "(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard."
Islam told us that although getting into the Hall was definitely on his radar, when he got word that he would be inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014 it still came as a shock: "It was a big surprise. Y'know, I was a bit taken back, because I was used to, if you like, a kind of state of detachment (laughs), you may say from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after I've been nominated so many times, and -- well maybe it was only one, I'm not sure, but anyway, it felt like a long time since I was eligible. But when the news came through, I was really, really, really very pleased and happy, also, for many of my fans, who've been working so hard in trying to get me inducted."
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