Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It's the Birthday of Stevie Wonder

Talking Book
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
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Stevie Wonder was born on May 13, 1950. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

According to wikipedia;
A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, won twenty-two Grammy Awards the most ever won by a solo artist in history, and the lifetime achievement. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize.

Blind from birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for the label. He has ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million units. Wonder has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and hit singles, and writes and produces songs for many of his label mates and outside artists as well. Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability. Wonder is the first Motown artist and second African American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his 1984 hit single "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from the movie The Woman in Red. According to he is the eleventh most successful songwriter in U.K. chart history based on weeks that his compositions have spent on the chart.

I really find it difficult to write about Stevie Wonder, if there is one musician who conveys the sound track of my youth and formative years it is Stevie Wonder. His songs are so positive and full of hope and joy that I enter a kind of bliss just listening to his music. And in the limited space of a blog post I could go on and on about him, and how much I love his music.

For the most part it does not matter which one of his albums you pick, I will probably like something off of it. That is why it is so difficult for me to pick any of his stuff to present. When it comes to Stevie Wonder, all I can say is that it is all good.

Stevie Wonder

1 comment:

Ron Moorby said...

Such a talent, with such a backlog. One I like