14 May 2020 04:31
Happy birthday Stevland Hardaway Morris! Of course, know him better as Stevie Wonder. The Motown great was born on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw. He moved to Detroit with his mother when he was four. Wonder auditioned for Motown's Berry Gordy Jr. when he was just 11 years old and the rest is history.
Wonder has won a staggering 25 Grammy Awards. He's released 23 studio albums with his first being in 1962. He's earned 10 Billboard No. 1 hits and had 20 R&B songs reach No. 1. Wonder has sold more than 100 million albums. Here are 10 videos you may have never seen of the legend himself.
Wonder and Corden drove around Los Angeles while the two sang some of Wonder's biggest hits. This "Carpool Karaoke" appearance came ahead of Wonder's "Songs in The Key Of Life" tour." 8. "Motortown Revue "Fingertips" One of the earliest videos we could find, this is Little Stevie Wonder performing "Fingertips" somewhere in 1963. The Motortown Revue tour featured many of Motown's biggest artists including Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells and The Miracles. 7. "Sesame Street" Wonder performed "Superstition" on an episode of the children's TV program in 1973. 6. "The Mike Douglas Show" Wonder appeared on this daytime talk show when he was 19 in 1969. In this interview, Douglas talks to him about his early career and what it was like being a child performer. "The Mike Douglas Show" ran from 1961 to 1981. 5. "The Ed Sullivan Show" Wonder performed on "Ed Sullivan" when he was 13. You can see in the video Wonder really showing off his harmonica skills. 4. "Grammy Awards" Wonder amazed with a medley of hits at the 2015 awards show with "You are The Sunshine of My Life," "Ribbon In The Sky" and "Overjoyed." 3. Singing with Sting - Check out this collaboration among two giants in the music industry. The two performed Wonder's "Higher Ground" and "Roxanne" from Sting's band The Police." 2. Wonder and Ray Charles - A collaboration doesn't get better than this. This video shows Wonder performing his song "Living For The City" with the one and only Ray Charles. 1. "We Can Work It Out" It doesn't get any bigger than singing a Beatles song in front of the President and First Lady at the White House. This was part of a concert which aired on PBS in 2010 when Paul McCartney accepted the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. You may not know that Wonder actually recorded a version of this Beatles song on the 'Signed, Sealed & Delivered' LP, which was released in 1970. READ MORE: Why Jerry Seinfeld says he's always wanted to go to Battle Creek in his new Netflix special DAVE COULIER is one of the worst cooks in America and he's proving it on Food Network 10 of the best NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES not named 'Tiger King' Stateside's conversation with Ann Delisi Happy birthday to you, Stevie Wonder! The Michigan soul legend was born 70 years ago today in Saginaw, and has been filling our lives with wonder ever since. Stevie Wonder's career began at an incredibly young age. He was just 11-years-old when he signed to Motown Records. WDET host Ann Delisi joined Stateside to talk about Wonder's prodigious career and life. "He just had a really incredible combination of knowing exactly what he wanted, going after it, saying things the way he wanted to say them and packaging them in some of the most incredible music ever, and it absolutely worked for him. Delisi says that those talents allowed Wonder to incorporate social activism into the music that people loved. He wrote his hit song "Happy Birthday" to draw attention to the campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a holiday. Wonder is known for songs like "Superstition" and "Isn't She Lovely," but according to Delisi, other artists know him for his kindness. "He was just so generous about other people who were in his field and talented," she said. You can hear Ann Delisi's hour-long Stevie Wonder special on her show Ann Delisi's Essential Music Saturday, May 14 at noon on WDET. This article was written by Stateside production assistant Olive Scott. Stevie Wonder's 70th Birthday Celebrated With 24-Hour Virtual Jam Session Happy Birthday Stevie! In celebration of Stevie Wonder's 70th birthday, Questlove and DJ D-Nice hit the turntables to play some of the music icon's many hits. The 24-hour Instagram Live music party kicked off at midnight on Wednesday (May 13). Streaming live from an Instagram account launched by Wonder's family, the rotating DJ set switched up ever four hours, with Questlove taking the first shift from midnight to 4 a.m. (EST). His set was followed by Giles Peterson, DJ Tara, and Natasha Diggs. DJ D-Nice picked up the late afternoon/evening shift, while DJ Spinna rounds out the daylong virtual extravaganza. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Stevie Wonder's Family (@swfamily24) on May 13, 2020 at 2:03pm PDT With a career that has lasted over 50 years, Wonder's vast music catalog includes "Superstition," "Living for the City," "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," "Isn't She Lovely," "Sir Duke," and his rendition of "Happy Birthday." The milestone 70th birthday marks an extra-special celebration for Wonder who successfully underwent a kidney transplant last year. The Michigan native, born Stevland Hardaway Morris, launched his career at the age of 11. Two years later, a 13-year-old Wonder made history as the youngest recording artist ever to top the Billboard Hot 100. Wonder is also the second Black musician in history to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song which he won in 1985 for "I Just Called to Say I Love You."