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