When Cat Stevens Became Yusuf Islam and Left It All Behind

His 1970 Voice Was Used as the Son’s Voice

He’s 73 now, but the musician was 29 when – at the height of his fame – he gave it all up to devote himself to Islam. By his 70s, he was traveling with his adult son, Yoriyos, and his touring band. They decided to re-record a new version of Tea for the Tillerman.

A photo of Cat Stevens addressing the media.
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The whole thing was his son’s idea – a way to commemorate the album’s 50th anniversary. Yusuf calls it a “reimagination of the album.” With Father and Son, they used his voice from 1970 – a 22-year-old young man singing in LA’s The Troubadour – as the son’s voice. Yusuf’s voice now is the father’s.