Stevie Wonder

  • stevie is born!

    Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, being the third of six children to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Owing to his being born six weeks premature, the blood vessels at the back of his eyes had not yet reached the front and their aborted growth caused the retinas to detach.(wikipedia)
  • first single lyrics.

    By age 13, Wonder had a major hit, "Fingertips (Pt. 2)", a 1963 single.Part 1: (bongo drum background)'Yeah''Yeah'Spoken:Ladies and gentlemen, now I'm going to do a songtaken from my album, 'The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie'The name of the song is called, umm, 'Fingertips'. Now, I want ya to clap yo' hand, come on.Come on!Yeah!Stomp yo' feetJump up and down, do anything that you wanna do!Yeah!Yeah!<instrumental & Stevie harmonica begin .40 trk><<Part 2 begins>> (3:15 approx. o (wikipedia)
  • little stevie wonder!!

    little stevie wonder!!
  • 14 years of age.

    n 1964, Stevie Wonder made his film debut in Muscle Beach Party as himself, credited as "Little Stevie Wonder". He returned in the sequel released five months later, Bikini Beach. He performed on-screen in both films, singing "Happy Street," and "Happy Feelin'. (wikipedia)
  • failed album.

    failed album.
    In 1968 he recorded an album of instrumental soul/jazz tracks, mostly harmonica solos, under the pseudonym (and title) Eivets Rednow, which is "Stevie Wonder" spelled backwards. The album failed to get much attention, and its only single, a cover of "Alfie", only reached number 66 on the U.S. Pop charts and number 11 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts.
  • motown period.

    Wonder independently recorded two albums, which he used as a bargaining tool while negotiating with Motown. Eventually the label agreed to his demands for full creative control and the rights to his own songs; the 120-page contract shattered precedent at Motown and additionally gave Wonder a much higher royalty rate.[10] Wonder returned to Motown in March 1972 with Music of My Mind. (wikipedia)
  • the best songs in the world so far...

    Released in the fall of 1972, Talking Book featured the number-one hit "Superstition",[12] which is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner clavinet keyboard.[13] The song, originally intended for rock guitarist Jeff Beck, features a rocking groove that garnered Wonder an additional audience on rock radio stations. Talking Book also featured "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", which also peaked at number-one.
  • jamaican concert.

    On October 4, 1975, Wonder performed at the historical "Wonder Dream Concert" in Kingston, Jamaica, a Jamaican Institute for the Blind benefit concert. Along with Wonder, the three original Wailers — Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — performed together for the last time. (wikipedia)
  • more publicity

    It was in Wonder's next phase that he began to commercially reap the rewards of his legendary classic period. The '80s saw Wonder scoring his biggest hits and reaching an unprecedented level of fame evidenced by increased album sales, charity participation, high-profile collaborations, political impact, and television appearances. (wikipedia)
  • glastonbury!!

    this year he celebrated glastonbury's 40th birthday!
    He was also 60 on may the 14.