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Yusuf Islam

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photoHe was born Stephen Demetri Georgiou, son of a Greek Cypriot London restaurateur and a Swedish Baptist mother. He gained fame as Cat Stevens, and his music helped define the 60s and 70s.

In the late 70s, the singer-songwriter converted to Islam, and in 1977, Cat Stevens became Yusuf Islam. He turned his back on the music business and became a spokesman for the British Islamic community.

This past week, he was on a plane from London bound for Washington with his 21-year-old daughter. When the FBI found out he was on board, the flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine. Yusuf Islam, it turns out, is on the American "no-fly" list.

Hear about the musical and spiritual evolution of the star formerly known as Cat Stevens.


Mimi Hall, reporter for USA Today

David Wild, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, Emmy nominated television writer, and producer of the 2000 VH1 Special on Cat Stevens

Anthony de Curtis, contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, and author of "Rocking my Life Away"

Sam Coates, reporter for the London Times.

This program aired on September 24, 2004.


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