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Stevie Wonder

DESCRIPTION: Stevie Wonder


ACTIVITY PERIOD: 1961 - Current

MUSIC GENRE: Soul, Pop R&B, Funk, Jazz


RECORD COMPANIES / LABELS (Current & Past): Tamla, Motown



Born as Steve Hardaway (1950 - Current) Stevie is quoted as saying “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” Born into a struggling family and blind virtually from birth, he began playing music as a young child, and sang in church choirs. Talent-spotted at age eleven, “Little” Stevie Wonder recorded a series of albums which made him a star before he was even a teenager. He developed his own style of high energy rock, soul and R&B into a run of Sixties hits that turned him from child prodigy into one of popular music’s biggest stars. Songs like the exuberant For Once in My Life and the romantic ballad My Cherie Amour became monster hits which kicked his career into ever-higher gear. Even bigger things came in the early 1970s (when he was still only in his early twenties), with the funky Superstition, the love anthem You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and his social-political Living For The City. More success came in the mid-1970s with the smash hit album Songs in the Key of Life, including the delightful Isn't She Lovely, for his baby daughter. His career had started to peak, however, and later hits were rarer, though he scored a major success with I Just Called To Sat I Love You, and the song he co-wrote with Paul McCartney, Ebony and Ivory. Adored by his legions of fans, he remains one of the most respected names in popular music for his sheer talent, committment, and zest for life.

By Larry Buttrose


Parent Category Page Links: Music Artists / Outfits - America

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