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Stevie Wonder

Born:
May 13, 1950

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Stevland Hardaway Morris (né Judkins; born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, he is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the history of music. Through his heavy use of electronic instruments and innovative sounds, Wonder became a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including pop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and rock.

Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder leading him to sign with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11. In 1963, the single “Fingertips” was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was aged 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart. Wonder’s critical success was at its peak in the 1970s when he started his “classic period” in 1972 with the releases of Music of My Mind and Talking Book, with the latter featuring the number-one hit “Superstition”. “Superstition” is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner Clavinet keyboard. With Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976) all winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Wonder became the tied record holder, with Frank Sinatra, for the most Album of the Year wins with three. Wonder is also the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.

Wonder’s “classic period”, which is widely considered to have ended in 1977, was noted for his funky keyboard style, personal control of production, and series of songs integrated with one another to make a concept album. In 1979, Wonder made use of the early music sampler Computer Music Melodian through his composition of the soundtrack album Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants”. It was also his first digital recording, and one of the earliest popular albums to use the technology, which Wonder used for all subsequent recordings. Wonder’s 1970s albums are regarded as very influential; the Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983) wrote they “pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade”.

Wonder has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. He was the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for the 1984 film The Woman in Red. Wonder has been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder first worked together in 1981 on McCartney’s album “Tug Of War“. Two songs were produced from this collaboration, including the hit single “Ebony And Ivory“.

From Twitter – Paul and Stevie Wonder at Strawberry Studios South, 1981 #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Lefthandersday

In 2004, Paul McCartney contributed to Stevie Wonder’s “A Time To Love” by playing guitar on the eponym song. In 2012, Stevie Wonder contributed to Paul’s album “Kisses On The Bottom“, by playing on “Only Our Hearts“.

From paulmccartney.com, January 26, 2012:

This year sees 30 years since Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder first worked together on the classic smash hit Ebony and Ivory (March 1982), which was number 1 in the UK and the US. The release of Paul’s new album Kisses On The Bottom sees them reunited on the track, Only Our Hearts. Only Our Hearts is one of two original McCartney compositions included on the album, which is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood.

On working with Stevie Paul said, ” Stevie came along to the studio in LA and he listened to the track for about ten minutes and he totally got it. He just went to the mic and within 20 minutes had nailed this dynamite solo. When you listen you just think, ‘How do you come up with that?’ But it’s just because he is a genius, that’s why’.

Stevie joined Paul at LA’s legendary Capitol Studio’s to record the track.

Paul and Stevie Wonder perform 'Ebony And Ivory' at the Gershwin Prize Concert, The White House, Washington DC, 2010
Paul and Stevie Wonder perform ‘Ebony And Ivory’ at the Gershwin Prize Concert, The White House, Washington DC, 2010
Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Greg Phillinganes attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Greg Phillinganes attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Last updated on March 8, 2020

Songs written or co-written by Stevie Wonder


A Time to Love

Officially appears on A Time To Love


What's That You're Doing?

Officially appears on Tug Of War

Albums, EPs & Singles by Stevie Wonder


A Time To Love

By Stevie Wonder • Official album

Albums, EPs & Singles which Stevie Wonder contributed to


Tug Of War

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Vocals, Synthesizer, Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 2 songs


Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 1 songs


Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single

Contribution: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 1 songs


All The Best! (UK version)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 1 songs


All The Best! (US version)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 1 songs


Tug Of War (1993)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Vocals, Synthesizer, Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 2 songs


A Time To Love

By Stevie Wonder • Official album

Contribution: Producer, Drums, Piano, Bass programmer • 1 songs


Kisses On the Bottom

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Harmonica • 1 songs


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Vocals, Synthesizer, Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals, Synthesizers, Electric piano • 2 songs


Concerts



The Gershwin Award Concert

Jun 02, 2010 • USA • Washington • White House


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