Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Monday that Cat Stevens, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and Linda Ronstadt will be inducted next year.
The Cleveland, Ohio institution also said Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967, will be inducted for Lifetime Achievement.
The rule for eligibility to join the Hall of Fame as a performer, composer or musician is to have released a record at least 25 years prior to the year of induction and “have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence,” in the words of the Hall of Fame.
Cat Stevens, also known as Yusuf Islam, converted to Islam in the 1970s after seven years of multi-platinum success in the United States. It was 17 years between his final LP as Cat Stevens (1978’s Back To Earth), and the first CD as Yusuf Islam and more than a decade until his first pop album in nearly 30 years (An Other Cup in 2006).
“When I accepted Islam,” he told Rolling Stone, “a lot of people couldn’t understand. To my fans it seemed that my entering Islam was the direct cause of me leaving the music business, so many people were upset. However, I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On The Road To Find Out,’ it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.”
The induction ceremony for 2014’s entrants will be held in April in Brooklyn, New York.