Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder, who turns 66 today (May 13th)!!! Wonder was born Stevland Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, and later on legally changed his last name to Morris. At 12-years-old, “Little Stevie Wonder” had his first Number One hit with “Fingertips – Part 2,” recorded live in concert. Listen closely and you’ll hear the musicians struggling to keep up with Wonder as he improvises; at one point, one musician can be heard shouting, “What key? What key?”
2015 saw Wonder keeping a surprisingly high profile, with an added string of live shows featuring his 1976 classic Songs In The Key Of Life being performed in its entirety, the star-studded CBS Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, his recent induction of Bill Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — as well as welcoming his ninth child, daughter Nia, in December 2014.
Stevie Wonder’s shows have always featured a wide selection of songs spanning his entire career. We asked him about finally picking one of the albums from his classic 1971-to-1980 run and committing to a full album concert: “I have thought about doing performances of different works or, y’know, that whole deal, because as much as they are albums, based on vinyl and CD and all that kind of thing. But, I think something like Songs In The Key Of Life, it’s an actual concept and project that you do that music; y’know, thank God it’s, y’know, stood the test of time and all that.”
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