Today’s Monday Classic was released in 1971 and is still one of my favorite songs of all time. “Peace Train” was released on Cat Stevens fifth album (Teaser and the Firecat). The song climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of October 9, 1971 and became his first Top 10 US hit. Over the years it has become a classic tune and has been used in films like Remember the Titans, We Are Marshall and jOBS. Various artists (like 10,000 Maniacs) have recorded cover versions of this song.
Cat Stevens was actually born in 1948 as Steven Demetre Georgiou in Marylebone, London, England in the UK. He’s of Greek and British descent. He developed an interest in piano at a fairly young age and started playing and working out chords. Eventually he was inspired by the popularity of the Beatles and by the time he was 15 his interest had expanded to the guitar. He persuaded his father to pay £8 for his first instrument and began playing it and writing songs. The rest is history.
Cat Stevens released no less than 11 studio albums between 1967 and 1978. He converted in Islam in 1977 and became known as Yusuf Islam. He released 2 albums as Yusuf in 2006 and 2009. He was very outspoken about the War in Iraq and has said “‘Peace Train’ is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.” This is a live version of “Peace Train”, hope this improves your mood the rest of this week.
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