Born May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, MI, Steveland Judkins Hardaway aka Stevie Wonder turns 54 today. Happy birthday!
The “8th wonder of the world” (as promoters used to describe him) had his first #1 hit with “Fingertips (Part 2)” in 1963 at the age of 12.
He continued writing and performing big hits and high art for the next twenty years. The hits have slowed down, but it’s always a good day to whip out Talking Book. He could have retired there, but we’d have missed out on Songs in the Key of Life, and “Sir Duke.”
We’d have also missed out on a big favorite of mine from Characters. “Skeletons” was only a modest hit, but it’s definitely in my Stevie top 10. That rubbery bass line kicks much ass, and he really taps into some hard emotions there.
Happy birthday, Stevie, and thanks for all the great work.Powered by Sidelines