Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stevie Wonder--Fingertips Pt. 2 (1963)

     He really was a product of the 60's and 70's, but Stevie Wonder has continued to record and tour long after his major popularity has waned. 

     Born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, Stevland Judkins was born blind due to being 6 weeks premature. At the age of four his parents divorced, which prompted a move to Detroit and led to him being discovered by Ronnie White of the Mircales (actually it was his brother who kept nagging Ronnie to go to a friends house to check Stevie out). By this time he could play the harmonica, piano, drums, and bass. White took Stevie and his mother to Motown Records, and Berry Gordy signed him to a contract with Tamla Records under the name, "Little Stevie Wonder"

     Wonder cut several singles and a couple of albums in 62 without much success. In 1963, on a Motown Revue Concert with a very young Marvin Gaye on the drums, Stevie cut "Fingertips Pt. 2". It was his first hit and his first #1...


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