Max Alfred Priest (for the sake of the pop industry it was a wise move to just use the nickname Maxi) reached #5 in the UK during 1988 with his cover version of the Cat Stevens song, which was originally released in September 1970. The track featured on Maxi Priest's self-titled, third studio album and was the reggae singer's biggest hit of the 80s, also reaching #25 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Wild World has been covered by dozens of artists, more notably Jimmy Cliff, Bette Midler, Sacha Distel (remember him?), UB40, Beth Orton, Jonathan King (who got into a legal argument with Pet Shop Boys after claiming they had stolen the Wild World melody for their hit It's A Sin, and recorded his own version to sound like It's A Sin!), James Blunt and even the cast of the Channel 4 TV Show, Skins.

Maxi Priest had a handful of hits in the UK, including Strollin' On (#32 in 1986), Some Guys Have All The Luck (#12 in 1987) and Close To You (#7 in 1990 - #1 in the U.S.).
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