At first he tried forming a band, but soon realised he preferred performing solo. Thinking that his given name might not be memorable to prospective fans, he chose the stage name Cat Stevens, in part because a girlfriend said he had eyes like a cat, but mainly because he said, «I couldn’t imagine anyone going to the record store and asking for ‘that Steven Demetre Georgiou album’. And in England, and I was sure in America, they loved animals. Hurst arranged for him to record a demo and then helped him get a record deal. The first singles were hits. Sample of «The First Cut is the Deepest», performed by Cat Stevens. In August 1967, he went on the air with other recording artists who had benefited from the station to mourn its closure.

Forty years after he recorded the first demo of the song, it earned him two back-to-back ASCAP «Songwriter of the Year» awards, in 2005 and 2006. During this time Stevens began to question aspects of his life and spirituality. He later said, «to go from the show business environment and find you are in hospital, getting injections day in and day out, and people around you are dying, it certainly changes your perspective. I got down to thinking about myself. It seemed almost as if I had my eyes shut. 40 songs, many of which would appear on his albums in years to come. Stevens was attempting to produce.

Upon regaining his health at home after his release from the hospital, Stevens recorded some of his newly written songs on his tape recorder, and played his changing sound for a few new record executives. Around this time, Stevens had a catalogue of new songs that reflected his new perspective on what he wanted to bring to the world with his music. His previous work had sold at home in the UK, but Stevens was still relatively unknown by the public across the Atlantic. He collaborated with Stevens on all but two of the succeeding albums Stevens released, and performed and recorded with him until Stevens’ retirement. Their friendship continued, however, and when Stevens re-emerged as Yusuf Islam after 27 years, Davies appeared again performing at his side, and has remained there. Sample of «Father and Son», performed by Cat Stevens.

Stevens’ and Davies’ guitars, reached number 8 in the UK. It was the first of his hits to get real airplay in the US. Other songs written for D’Arbanville included «Maybe You’re Right», and «Just Another Night». Within six months of its release, it had sold over 500,000 copies, attaining gold record status in the United Kingdom and the United States. The combination of Stevens’ new folk rock style and accessible lyrics which spoke of everyday situations and problems, mixed with the beginning of spiritual questions about life, would remain in his music from then on. Island Records, Chris Blackwell, was quoted as calling it «the best album we’ve ever released». In 2001, this album was certified by the RIAA as a Multi-Platinum record, having sold 3 million copies in the United States at that time.

It is ranked at No. After the end of his relationship with D’Arbanville, Stevens noted the effect it had on writing his music, saying, «Everything I wrote while I was away was in a transitional period and reflects that. I had been with her for two years. What I write about Patti and my family  when I sing the songs now, I learn strange things. Having established a signature sound, Stevens enjoyed a string of successes over the following years. This album was also certified by the RIAA as a Multi-Platinum record in 2001, with over 3 million sold in the United States through that time. I get the tune and then I just keep on singing the tune until the words come out from the tune.

It’s kind of a hypnotic state that you reach after a while when you keep on playing it where words just evolve from it. So you take those words and just let them go whichever way they want ‘Moonshadow’? Funny, that was in Spain, I went there alone, completely alone, to get away from a few things. And I was dancin’ on the rocks there  right on the rocks where the waves were, like, blowin’ and splashin’. Really, it was so fantastic. And the moon was bright, ya know, and I started dancin’ and singin’ and I sang that song and it stayed. It’s just the kind of moment that you want to find when you’re writin’ songs.

During that time both wrote songs for and about one another. He reciprocated in his song to her, after their romance, titled, «Sweet Scarlet». This album continued the introspective and spiritual lyrics that he was known for, combined with a rougher-edged voice and a less acoustic sound than his previous records, using synthesisers and other instruments. Although the sales of the album indicated Stevens’ popularity, the album did not produce any real hits, with the exception of the single «Sitting», which charted at number 16. Stevens’ music to a wider audience, continuing to do so long after he stopped recording in the late 1970s. Where Do the Children Play? I Think I See the Light». Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. After his religious conversion in the late 1970s, Stevens stopped granting permission for his songs to be used in films. The Wind», showing a new willingness on his part to release his music from his Western «pop star» days. How Can I Tell You». Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Subsequent releases in the 1970s also did well on the charts and in ongoing sales, although they did not touch the success he had from 1970 to 1973. Stevens had come to appreciate.