Stevie Wonder, singer
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Steveland Hardaway Judkins

Stevie Wonder

May 13, 1950, Saginaw, MI

“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.” ~ Stevie Wonder

Wonder's fourth single, Fingertips, Pt. 2, appeared in 1963 and became the first live performance of a song to reach the top of the U.S. pop chart. Also that year, Wonder became the first recording artist to reach the Number One position on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B singles, and album charts simultaneously. Unable to attend a regular Detroit school while becoming a pop sensation, Wonder was sent to the Michigan School for the Blind at Motown's expense. ~ Musicianguide: Stevie Wonder ~ retrieved June 2, 2013 © Musicianguide

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May 13, 1961 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Gene McDaniels, Hundred Pounds Of Clay ~ #2 (2) Ernie K-Doe, Mother-In-Law ~ #1 (1) Del Shannon, Runaway

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Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues (which he did quite often in his prime), or sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge. ~ Allmusic: Stevie Wonder ~ retrieved June 16, 2013 © Allmusic

Stevie Wonder ~ Inducted in the 1983 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ His contract with Motown expired in 1971; rather than re-signing immediately, as the label expected, Wonder financed the recording of two albums of his own material, playing almost all the instruments himself, and experimenting for the first time with more ambitious musical forms. He pioneered the use of the synthesizer in black music, and also widened his lyrical concerns to take in racial problems and spiritual questions. Wonder then used these recordings as a lever to persuade Motown to offer a more open contract, which gave him total artistic control over his music, plus the opportunity to hold the rights to the music publishing in his own company, Black Bull Music. He celebrated the signing of the deal with the release of the solo recordings, Where I'm Coming From and Music Of My Mind, which despite lukewarm critical reaction quickly established him at the forefront of black music. ~ 1983 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Stevie Wonder ~ Music Of My Mind (1972) ~ Ranked #285 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Recording after an onerous contract with Motown had expired, a newly empowered Wonder flexed his artistic control, making a relaxed, love-smitten warm-up for the blockbusters to come and playing nearly every funky note on classics such as Love Having You Around. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

As a Session musician, guest or band member

DeBarge ~ Love Me In A Special Way (DeBarge) ~ Ranked #78 SoulBounce Top 100 Soul/R&B Songs in 2008 ~ The song opened with a piano riff and featured Stevie Wonder on a harmonica solo. However, it's El's voice that is the centerpiece of this classic. He shifted effortlessly from his normal tenor into a powerful falsetto that combined flawlessly with his siblings harmonizing in the background. The song has been covered in the last decade by teen group IMx and songstress Tamia, but neither remake can touch the beauty of the original. ~ 2008 © SoulBounce



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