Stevie Wonder, the blind multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and one of the greatest musician and a pretty prominent figure in popular music is Stevland Hardaway Morris aka Stevie Wonder. Considered one of the most successful musicians of 20th century, he proved his worth as a super mid-1960s soul star with a series of upbeat hits.
Wonder who became visually-impaired shortly after his birth was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder who was signed on with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11. His single Fingertips was a No 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1963 and catapulted him into overnight stardom.
Wonder’s ‘Classic period’ happened between 1972 and 1977, starting with Music of My Mind and Talking Book, the latter of which featured the No 1 hit Superstition. He came to be known for his funky keyboard style, personal control on production, and a series of songs which integrated with one another making a concept album (tracks which hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually).
The double album with an extra EP Songs in the Key of Life marked Wonder’s 18th album, and was released in September 1976 . Songs in the Key of Life became the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed album of his career. In 2005, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. It is regarded by many as Wonder’s crowning achievement and one of the most recognisable and accomplished albums in pop music history.
Top songs of Stevie Wonder
- I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
- Boogie on Reggae Woman
- I Just Called to Say I Love You
- Sir Duke
- I Wish
- Higher Ground
- Living for the City