Stevens was gaining a foothold in America when he released "Moonshadow" as the first single from his fifth album, Teaser And The Firecat
. He was already well established in his native UK, but America didn't discover him until "Wild World
," from his fourth album, Tea For The Tillerman
, landed in the spring of 1971. "Moonshadow" reached #30 that summer, but the next single, "Peace Train
," rose to #7.
Over the next few years, Stevens joined the ranks of thoughtful, somewhat mysterious singer-songwriters like Carly Simon and George Harrison to become one of the top players in the genre. His songs reflected his quest for understanding; around this time he was exploring Buddhism, but in 1977 he devoted himself to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam. He stopped making pop music two years later.