November 1970 – Wild World by Cat Stevens

November 1970 – a song popular in this month – Wild World by Cat Stevens

Stevens wrote this about searching for peace and happiness in a crazy world.

Interesting facts about Wild World & Cat Stevens –

This was Stevens’ first song to chart in the US.

His birth name is Steven Demetre Georgiou. He became a Muslim and changed his name to Yusuf Islam in 1977 after his brother gave him a copy of the Koran. The name comes from the prophet Joseph.  Yusuf Islam explained to Uncut magazine regarding his Cat Stevens stage name: “My girlfriend at that time, Christine, said to me one day ‘You look so much like a cat.’ That kind of stuck. At the same time there were films around like What’s New Pussycat? and Cat Ballou.”

“So, yeah, it just stuck and then I just kept my first name, Steven and tagged Cat on to it.”

Maxi Priest recorded this in 1988. His version hit #5 in the UK.

This was released as a single only in the US. Stevens’ European label, Island Records, wanted to encourage people to buy the albums rather than the 45s.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

31 thoughts on “November 1970 – Wild World by Cat Stevens

  1. Cat Stevens is one of my all time keepers – from buying Catch Bull at Four from a sixth former when I was in the fourth (mostly because I fancied the older boy but didn’t have the guts to approach him any other way than to answer his ad on the pinboard) he is forever on my playlist. My husband, fortunately shares my love. This song reminds me of my second daughter when she prematurely and scarily left home. It played continually in my head as it might any anxious mother whose daughter has a heart-breaking smile 🙂

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