Stevie Wonder Biography
Stevie Wonder is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The blind artist’s work is still reverberating through decades of musical history.
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, Stevie Wonder became blind shortly after birth. After issues between his parents, his mother moved to Detroit with the children and changed her son’s name from Judkins to Morris.
A born talent, Stevie started singing at an early age and he began learning how to play instruments like piano and drums. Signed by Berry Gordy Jr., Stevie issued his debut album The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder.
Starting with the 1970s, Stevie Wonder became more mature regarding his sound. He issued songs like “Superstition” and “Superwoman” that never wore out and represent iconic classics.His popularity grew more and more with albums like Stevie at the Beach (1964), Down to Earth (1966) and My Cherie Amour (1969).
A Legend of All-time Music
Stevie released further albums, such as Hotter Than July (1980), InSquare Circles (1985) and Characters (1987). Square Circle’s “Part-Time Lover” was the first song to ever reach number one on four different Billboard charts: pop, R&B, adult contemporary and dance.
“I’ve had some incredibly triumphal things happen in my life“, said Stevie for Oprah.
After the year 2000, Stevie released only one album, A Time to Love (2005) with tunes like “Sweetest Somebody I Know” and “Please Don’t Hurt My Baby”. He continued touring and making guest appearances.
Stevie Wonder won, among others, two Lifetime Achievements Awards, a Presidential Award, and an Artist of the Decade Award(1985). Wonder has been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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