24 August 1963 – Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2′. The single, which featured Wonder on vocals, bongos and harmonica, and a young Marvin Gaye on drums, was recorded live at a Motor Town Revue performance, and was the first live recording to go to number one.
Last month I had the privilege to see Stevie Wonder in concert.
The show he set was unbelieveble, this man is terrific and he definetely still rocks.
Lookin at him playing with two pianos at the same time, it was “Superstition”, I’ve been wrackin my brain trying to understand how he was doin that, and so nimbly.
It’s truly a testament to Stevie Wonder that, while many great artists of the 70′s collapsed when they tried to adapt to the 80′s style (look no further than Led Zeppelin), he was able to still convey his musical genius.
The most impressive thing is that Stevie Wonder not only had a hand in writing many of these songs but he also plays on many of them as well. Just in case you didn’t know, Stevie Wonder can be heard playing the harmonica, drums, bells, acoustic piano and a couple of different synthesizers on this disc.
He embraced so many music genres in his career, from soul in the sixties (for the legendary Motown Records) to pop and disco and so on…you know he’s still doing his thing.
He didn’t just write love songs; he infused deep, soul-wrenching emotion into them. I dare you to say you don’t get goose pimples listening to “You and I” or “You are the sunshine of my life.” On the flip side, songs like “Superstition” and “Maybe Your Baby” shows how he can jam hard-core. The brother is bad!
Got no photos of the concert, but both the video and the link are top notch quality…check out the Master Blaster!