4/9/15 O&A THROWBACK THURSDAY: Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is a child prodigy, who has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.


At the end of 1962, when Wonder was 12 years old, he joined the Motortown Revue, touring the “chitlin’ circuit” of theatres across America that accepted black artists. At the Regal Theater, Chicago, his 20-minute performance was recorded and released in May 1963 as the album Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius. A single, Fingertips, released in May, and became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was aged 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.


Stevie Wonder 14 years old in 1964


Released in late 1972, Talking Book featured the No. 1 hit Superstition, which is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner Clavinet keyboard. At the 1974 Grammy Awards Wonder won both Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for Superstition.


 Wonder performs Superstition on Soul Train episode 46 air date 1/13/73.


Living for the City is a 1973 hit single by Stevie Wonder from his Innervisions album. Wonder played all the instruments on the album and was assisted by Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff for recording engineering and synthesizer programming. It was one of the first soul music songs to deal explicitly with systemic racism and to use everyday sounds of the street like traffic, voices and sirens which were combined with the music recorded in the studio.

Living For The City


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