Stevie Wonder has been performing for over fifty years. His first #1 hit, “Fingertips,” came out in 1963, when he was twelve. Every album since 1972’s Talking Book has gone at least gold, and most of them reached #1 on Billboard’s R&B charts. He recorded a series of albums starting in the 1970’s that were on just about everyone’s turntable, beginning with Talking Book and ending with 1991’s soundtrack from Spike Lee’s movie Jungle Fever. His most recent new album was 2005’s A Time To Love.
I’ve chosen a couple of hits from the early 1970’s. The first is “Superstition” from Talking Book. Stevie wrote this song and offered it to guitarist Jeff Beck, who released it on 1973’s Beck, Bogert and Appice, but released his version before Beck could release his. (Beck later recorded Stevie’s “‘Cause We Ended As Lovers” for his 1975 album Blow By Blow.) Stevie’s version reached #1 on the Hot 100 and on the R&B chart in 1972.
Our second selection is “Living for the City,” from 1973’s Innervisions. It reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
Stevie Wonder, your Two for Tuesday, June 10,2014.