The Magic of Stevie Wonder

There was something about this talented singer’s voice and music that always made me stop and listen especially with favorites of mine like “Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday”.  Back in 1961 when Berry Gordy signed up a young man named Steveland Hardaway Morris to a contract with Tamla Records, the young man was only 11 years old. Later on, as popularity grew his name was changed to Stevie Wonder and the label became Motown Records.

Wonder came out with hits in the 1960s  like “Fingertips (Pt.II)”, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “I Was Made to Love Her”, “My Cherie Amour”, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”. All during this time Wonder was maturing and developing in the kind of music he preferred. So he left Motown Records to take control of his own music on his 21st birthday on May 13, 1971.

However, Berry Gordy wasn’t about to let this talented young man go so he gave him a new contract letting Wonder have complete creative control over his music and also the rights to his own master recordings. During the next five years Wonder released five successful record albums – Music of My Mind (1972), Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness First Finale (1974),  and Songs in the Key of Life (1976). From these albums came a string of hits like “Superstition”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Higher Ground”, “Livin’ for the City”, “You Haven’t Done Nothin’”, “I Wish” and “Sir Duke”.

This very talented singer has recorded over 30 U.S. top ten hits, has received 25 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 100 million albums and singles. He continues to delight his fans in concerts.


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