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Stevie Wonder


Stevie Wonder was born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. Blind as a result of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby, Wonder showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan, where he and his family had moved to when he was 4 years old, and later with a bevy of instruments, including the harmonica, piano and drums, all of which he taught himself before age 10.

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950, as Stevland Hardaway Judkins), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11 and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth.

Among Wonder's works are singles such as "Superstition", "Sir Duke", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You"; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. 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, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.[6] In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 50th anniversary, with Wonder at number five.


He was born Steveland Hardaway Judkins, which was changed to Steveland Morris when his mother married.
Wonder was born 4 weeks premature in a Saginaw Hospital. He was kept alive in an incubator for a month and during this time too much oxygen was pumped into the incubator, causing the baby to develop retrolental fibroplasia, which caused his blindness. Wonder says he tries to create "Sonic Pictures" with his songs.
Eddie Murphy used to imitate him on Saturday Night Live. Wonder once appeared on the show in a skit with Murphy.
Motown Records signed him when he was 11 and released his first album when he was 12. He was billed as "Little" Stevie Wonder, the boy genius.
In 1975, Wonder signed what was the biggest record deal ever, for $13 million over 7 years.
In 1973, he was in a coma for 4 days after getting in a car accident (someone else was driving). After this accident, Wonder permanently lost his sense of smell.
Stevie took a year off when he was 14 because his voice was changing.
He graduated from the Michigan State School For The Blind.
He plays most of the instruments on his albums. He is skilled on the keyboard, bass, drums and harmonica.
In 1969, Motown gave him complete control of his recordings. He was one of the first artists to write, produce, arrange, and perform his own songs.
In 1968, Stevie Wonder wrote the music to Smokey Robinson's #1 hit, "Tears Of A Clown." Then in 1970, with the help of Lee Garrett, another blind songwriter, Stevie produced and wrote the 1970 hit, "It's A Shame", for a local band in Michigan, The Spinners. Lee Garrett soon became friends with Stevie, and before long, they were songwriting partners.
Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams use to sing backup for Stevie Wonder. After they would both pursue solo careers. Minnie Riperton is most remembered for the song "Lovin' You" and Williams is famous for singing "Let's Hear It For The Boy" on the Footloose Soundtrack. Both were also famous for their use of the whistle register.

 

50s, 60s Hits

A Place In The Sun
I Was Made To Love Her
If You Really Love Me
My Cheri Amour
Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Dah Day
Singed Sealed Delivered
We Can Work It Out
Yester Me Yester You Yesterday

80's Hits

I just called to say I love you
Part Time Lover

Holiday

Someday At Christmas

Jazz Music

My Cherie Amour

Rock

For Once In My Life
Higher Ground
I Wish
Signed
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Sir Duke
Superstition
Uptight (Everything's Alright)

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