Purchase Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins Morris) was born
in Saginaw, MI on May 13, 1950.
Blind from birth, he showed his
musical talent early, learning the piano and harmonica. He also
plays congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and
clavinet. Wonder was among the first to incorporate synthesizers
into popular music as well.
A prolific songwriter, Wonder has
written songs for Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops,
The Spinners and more.
Signed to Motown Records when he was only
11, he's recorded over 30 Top Ten Hits, won 22 Grammy Awards
(including a Lifetime Achievment Award), and an Oscar [for "I
Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Lady In Red].
Wonder is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters
Hall of Fame, a Kennedy Center Honoree and a recipient of the
Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.
His landmark albums from the
1970s, Talking Book, Music
of My Mind, Songs In the Key
of Life, Fulfillingness' First
Finale and Inner Visions are
largely considered among the most important popular music made
in the 20th century.
- He had his first #1 hit at 13,
the youngest artist ever to do so.
- In 1968, he cut an album
of jazz tracks and harmonica solos under the name of "Eivets
Rednow" ("Stevie Wonder" spelled backwards). The album is
now a collector's item.
- At 17, he played drums with Jimi Hendrix
for a BBC broadcast.
- Wonder once considered running for mayor
of Detroit, but never followed through on the plans.
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep
"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he
"Sometimes, I feel I am really blessed to be blind because I
probably would not last a minute if I were able to see things."
"The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born
wise and to have been born in poverty."
"Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with."
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