Stevie Wonder is just one of the many classic artists you’re going to hear on The Beat Chicago.
Each Wednesday we feature a classic show/concert from an artist whose music is played here on THE BEAT.
This week we’ll take you back to New York City in 1972 for a classic concert from Stevie Wonder.
Check out the concert, information about the artist and more music, videos, interviews and documentaries below.
ABOUT STEVIE WONDER
Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on May 13, 1950.
Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder leading him to sign with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11. In 1963, the single “Fingertips” was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was aged 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart. Wonder started his “classic period” with Music of My Mind and Talking Book (both 1972), the latter of which featured the No. 1 hit “Superstition”. It is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner Clavinet keyboard.
Innervisions (1973) won Album of the Year at the 16th Grammy Awards. Fulfillingness’ First Finale also won Album of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards. Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards, making Wonder, along with Frank Sinatra, the most Album of the Year’s winner with three. He is also the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.
Wonder’s 1970s albums are regarded as very influential; the Rolling Stone Record Guide said they “pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade”.
Wonder’s “classic period”, between 1972 and 1977, is noted for his funky keyboard style, personal control of production, and series of songs integrated with one another to make a concept album.
Wonder has sold over 100 million records worldwide, which placed him among the best-selling music artists of all time. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. He was the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for the 1984 film The Woman in Red. Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States.
In 1989, at just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, other inductees for that year included The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.
Tribute To Uncle Ray: 1962.
The 12-Year-Old Genius: 1963.
With A Song In My Heart: 1963.
The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie: 1963
Stevie At The Beach: 1964.
Down to Earth: 1966.
Uptight (everything’s alright): 1966.
Someday At Christmas: 1967.
I Was Made To Love Her: 1967.
Eivets Rednow: 1968.
For Once In My Life: 1968.
Greatest Hits: 1968
My Cherie Amour: 1969
Live at the Talk of The Town: 1970
Signed, Sealed & Delivered: 1970.
Live In Person: 1970.
Where I’m Coming From 1971.
Stevie Wonder’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 1971.
Music of My Mind: 1972.
Talking Book: 1972.
Fulfillingness’ First Finale: 1974.
Songs in the Key of Life: 1976.
Looking Back: 1977.
Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants: 1979.
Hotter Than July: 1980.
Original Musiquarium I: 1982.
The Woman In Network: 1984.
I Just Called to Say I Love You: 1984.
In Square Circle: 1985.
We are the world: 1985.
Jungle Fever: 1991.
Conversation Peace: 1995.
Natural Wonder: 1995.
Song Review: 1996.
Ballad Collection: 1999.
At The Close Of a Century: 1999.
Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection: 2002.
Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s Songs: 2003.
A Time To Love: 2005.
The Complete Stevie Wonder: 2005.
Number Ones: 2007.
Grammy Award for Best Song R & B, for the song Superstition: 1973.
Grammy award for best male R & B vocal performance, for Superstition: 1973.
Best male pop vocal performance, for You are the sunshine of my life: 1973.
Best producer of the year: 1973.
Best album of the year, by Innervisions: 1973. Best song R & B, by Living for the city: 1974.
Grammy award for best male R & B vocal performance, by Boogie on reggae woman: 1974.
Best Male R & B Vocal Performance, by Fulfillingness ‘first finale: 1974.
Grammy Award Best Producer of the Year: 1974.
Grammy Award Best Album of the Year, by Fulfillingness’ first finale: 1974.
Best male R & B vocal performance, for I wish: 1976.
Best male pop vocal performance, for Songs in the key of life: 1974.
Best album of the year: 1976.
Grammy award for best male R & B vocal performance, by In square circle: 1985.
Grammy Award best pop or duo vocal performance (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, S. Wonder), by That’s what friends are for: 1986.
Grammy Award Best Song R & B, by For Your Love: 1995.
Grammy Award a lifetime: 1996.
Grammy Award for best arrangement and vocal / instrumental accompaniment (Herbie Hancock, Robert Sadin and S. Wonder), for St. Louis Blues: 1998.
Grammy Award for best male R & B vocal performance, for St. Louis Blues: 1998.
Grammy award for best vocal performance R & B to duo or group (Take 6 and S. Wonder), for Love’s in need of love today: 2002. Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance, by From the bottom of my heart: 2005.
Better vocal performance R & B to duo or group (Beyoncé Knowles and S. Wonder), for So amazing: 2005.
Best vocal pop collaboration (Tony Bennett and S. Wonder), for For eleven in my life: 2006.
1969: US Distinguished Service Award.
1974: NARM Presidential Award.
1984: ASCAP Founders Award.
1985: NARM Artist of the Decade.
1985: Oscar – Best Original Song (for the film The woman in red) 1996: NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award.
1989: Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
1998: United in Recovery’s Ambassador of Peace Award.
1999: MusiCares Person of the Year
2002: Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
2004: Billboard Century Award.
2005: Lifetime Achievement Award.
2006: Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award.
2006: National Artistic Achievement Award.
2008: Hall of Fame Award.
2008: Hall of Fame Award.
2009: Named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
2010: Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.
2011: Induced at the Apollo Hall of Fame in New York.
2012: BET honor award.
2012: Billboard Icon.
2013: MAMA awards “music makes one global ambassador award.”
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