In the early 70’s, Cat Stevens established his mark as a brilliant songwriter capable of delivering hits on both sides of the Atlantic. His songs were deep, personal and introspective and to many who were followers of the Singer/Songwriter movement, Cat Stevens was considered a member of its elite. Few could be considered so powerful with such a soft singing voice. Certainly, one to march to his own tune, Stevens turned his back on the music industry, converted to Islam and has until recently has been largely out of the public eye. Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) was nominated in 2006, but it is possible that the religion and political beliefs of Cat Stevens could keep one of the best known Singer/Songwriters out of the Hall.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (London, England)
Why He Will Get In:
He was both successful and influential and among the best of his genre.
Why He Won’t Get In:
The fear of what he would say at the ceremony.
Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
Catch Bull at Four (1972)
Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Wild World (From Tea for the Tillerman, 1970)
Peace Train (From Teaser and the Firecat, 1971)
Moonshadow (From Teaser and the Firecat, 1971)
Sitting (From Catch Bull at Four, 1972)
Can’t Keep it in (From Catch Bull at Four, 1972)