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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member
-- inducted 1989
GRAMMY AWARD winning Stevland Hardaway Morris, known
professionally as Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter , who
is credited as a pioneer and influence by musicians across a range of genres
that includes rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk and jazz.
A virtual one-man band, Wonder's use of synthesizers and other
electronic musical instruments during the 1970s, reshaped the conventions of
R&B. He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as
cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions.
Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy who signed with
Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11, where he was given the professional name
Little Stevie Wonder.
A choir singer, little
Stevie was taken to meet Berry Gordy the president of the famous 'black' label
Motown. Gordy immediately signed him. The first single released in August 1962
credited to 'Little Stevie Wonder' was entitled "I Call It Pretty Music But The
Old People Call It The Blues." It featured the legendary Marvin Gaye on drums.
Thereafter, success was his, almost overnight. Stevie Wonder's first album
recorded live, "The 12 Year Old Genius," topped the Hot 100, R&B singles and
album charts in the US. By 1965 Stevie Wonder became resentful of
Motown's stranglehold over his career. Efforts to renegotiate his career were
constantly stonewalled. Years later Stevie performed a skit about his
career-crisis on the popular American show Saturday Night Live. In the skit
Wonder approached a record company executive with a request for artistic
freedom. The executive replied, "Don't get arty on me. Boy geniuses are a dime a
Stevie Wonder had to push really hard to exercise
creative freedom. In 1966, he succeeded in having his say through "Uptight," the
song that came to be identified as Stevie's mainstay. Several successful albums
followed. But it wasn't until "Talking Book" in 1972 that Wonder finally managed
to become independent of what Motown needed and demanded from him.
Right from the way the title was written in Braille on the
cover of the album to the shape, placing and suggestions of individual tracks,
"Talking Book" was Stevie Wonder's most personal album. The single
"Superstition" became his first No. 1 hit in ten years. With "Talking Book,"
Stevie Wonder crossed over from a predominantly black audience to a
mainstream listening public. Or perhaps the word for Stevie Wonder's
listeners should be 'innerviewership.' The incandescent images in his songs
paint perfect pictures of landscapes laden with sentimentality, salvation and
"Innervisions" in 1973 coincided with Stevie Wonder's
serious road accident in which he suffered multiple head injuries and lay in a
coma for four days. His popularity seemed to multiply with every album that hit
the market. Both "Innervisions" (1973) and "Fulfillingness" (1975) won him four
Grammys each. In 1975 Wonder was awarded in tribute to "a man who embodies every
facet of the complete musical artiste: composer, writer, performer, recording
artiste, musician and interpreter through his music of the culture of his time."
With other artists it is fashionable to say that the best is
always ahead of them. In Stevie Wonder's case this is the reality. "Songs
In The Key Of Life" in 1976 and "Hotter Than July" in 1980 are regarded by many
Wonder-struck fans as his two best albums to date. The latter album dedicated to
Martin Luther King, Jr., was accompanied by a campaign by the musician to have
King's birth-date as a national holiday. The American government complied in
1983. Wonder's success story got bigger and brighter with each passing year. In
1984 Wonder crooned what came to be his most beloved love ballad, "I Just Called
To Say I Love You" contained in the film "The Woman In Red." It topped the UK
chart for six weeks. It was Wonder's first solo no. 1 hit in Britain and one of
the ten largest-selling singles in the UK of all times.
More record breaking success came Wonder's way with the zingy
twist-and-slouch dancers' special "Part Time Lover." It became the first US
single to top the US pop, R&B, adult contemporary and dance-disco charts.
The distinctive aspect of the Wonder phenomenon is that each
generation has its own numbers with which to identify the singer-songwriter.
With startling smoothness Stevie Wonder glides from the
flouncy can't-take-my-eyes-off-you ballads to numbers that signify a deep-rooted
commitment to bettering the world in which we live.
Stevie Wonder has no match. In every decade since the
sixties he has created tracks that have stood the test of time. The sixties had
"Uptight." The seventies spawned the enigmatic "Superstition." The eighties
shall be measured by Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You." The nineties
are processed by Wonder's "Kiss Lonely Goodbye." As the next century approaches,
Stevie Wonder prepares to expand his innervision to include a future
Hit songs include --
- Boogie On Reggae Woman
- Do I Do
- Ebony and Ivory
- Go Home
- Higher Ground
- I Just Called To Say I Love You
- I Was Made to Love Her
- I Wish
- Living For The City
- Master Blaster (Jammin')
- Part-Time Lover
- Send One Your Love
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
- Sir Duke
- That Girl
- Uptight (Everything's Alright)
- You Are The Sunshine of My Life
- You Haven't Done Nothin'
- You Will Know
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Genre: Rock 1
.Psychedelic Soul. / PsychedelicSoul
.Smooth Soul. / SmoothSoul
.Progressive Soul. / ProgressiveSoul
.Pop-Soul. / PopSoul
.Pop/Rock. / PopRock
.Contemporary Pop/Rock. / ContemporaryPopRock
.Motown. / xMotown
.Pianist. / xPianist
x60s, x70s, x80s, x90s, x00s, x10s, x20s
Born: ..in Michigan / born nMichigan
Born: ..in Saginaw / born SaginawMI
Born: May 13, 1950
Based: ..in US