Stevie Wonder Turns 70
There are stars, there are superstars, and then there are legends.
Today in 1950, a legend was born.
Signed by Motown Records at just 11 years old, Stevie Wonder has now giving us almost 60 years musical magic. At 13, he became the youngest artist in history to top the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, with “Fingertips” and Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, respectively. In the decades that have followed, he has achieved eight more Hot 100 No. 1s and earned 26 Grammys, including three for Album of the Year — a record he shares with Frank Sinatra — and one for Lifetime Achievement. Also, his three Album of the Year wins were for consecutive releases. Because he was cookin’ like that in the early-to-mid ’70s.
So many of Stevie Wonder’s songs are now standards for life events like birthdays and weddings. His music is quite literally the soundtrack of our lives and is among the most sampled in popular music.
Below are my seven favorite Stevie Wonder tracks.
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”
“For Once in My Life”
“Isn’t She Lovely”
“You and I (We Can Conquer the World)”
“My Cherie Amour”