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He attended Hammersmith College, where he developed an interest in music and began performing under the pseudonym of Steve Adams. He was eventually discovered by Decca Record and had a hit in Britain with his song "I Love My Dog."
Hoping to score a hit in the States, Stevens began focusing on more earnest and personal material. He inked a deal with Island Records, and released his third album Mona Bone Jakon in 1970. The same year, Jimmy Cliff had a hit with Stevens' song "Wild Word."
After a near-death drowning experience, in 1977 Stevens converted to Islam, adopting the name Yusuf Islam. After releasing his final album as Cat Stevens, Islam retired from making folk-pop music. He's had five children with his wife, and now runs a Muslim school near London.
In 2005, he released a song about the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In March, 2006, Rolling Stone magazine reported that Islam had finished recording his first album since 1978. He has since released two albums as Yusuf Islam.