This man is a legend in all our lifetimes. What a star. Born blind as Stevland Hardaway Junkins in 1950 in the U.S., he had his first hit at the age of 13. With Tamla he was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s. He was twenty years old only when he hit the 1970 charts.
He had a No.5 hit with a song called Never Had A Dream Come True, but the second hit that did not chart as well is the one most remembered that year. It was called Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours which Stevie got a Grammy nomination. His future wife Syreeta White co-wrote this song with Stevie.
Stevie in 1971 pumped out even more fantastic single hits with We Can Work It Out a Beatles cover, followed by If You Really Love Me where Syreeta sand backing and Stevie played the Moog. In the 70s it seemed that the pop charts were just made for the Wonder himself, as 1972 gave him the incredible Superstition song. What a massive song. Jeff Beck played drums and the album was called Talking Book.
Now 1973 was colossal for Stevie, and every one of his hit singles in this year brings back great childhood memories for me. He released the Grammy winner You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, the incredible Higher Ground and the classic Livin’ For The City where the song producer really did force Stevie to get a temper to make his voice just right for the track.
1974 gave the world He’s Misstra Know It All which was about a con man. You Haven’t Done Nothing was done with the Jackson Five, and I do not even remember that one. The last 74 single was Boogie On Reggae Woman with Stevie on harmonica.
Move forward to 1977 as 1975 and 76 had no single hits in the UK. But Stevie was back with a bang with the amazing I Wish from the Songs From The Key Of Life album. The next single also came from the album too, and was the great radio single called Sir Duke. This was written as a tribute to the legendary entertainer Duke Ellington.
Stevie Wonder in the 70s had twelve Grammy awards and five albums chart. The 70s were only chapter two of Stevie’s pop life; he is still going strong NOW.
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