Stevie Wonderwas born on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born prematurely and it was believed that he received too much oxygen in his incubator which caused his blindness. He was named Stevland Hardaway Judkins and later his name was changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris. Stevie is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He has become very famous for his music and has released more than 30 top ten hits. He has also won 22 Grammy Awards for solo artist and 1 Grammy for Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Stevie signed up with Motown records at the young age of 12 and is still recording today. He got his education at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan and he trained in classical music. He plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bongos, bass guitar, organ, melodica, and the keyboard.
Stevie had his first hit single at the age of 13 and it was called Fingertips. It was released in 1963 from a live recording of a Motor Town revue performance. The song was a number 1 hit on the Billboard Pop charts. He went on to have other hits in the 1960's, like Uptight Everything’s Alright, With A Child’s heart, and Blowin’ In the Wind. He also wrote songs for himself and others like Tears of a Clown for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, which was also a number one hit. Stevie left the Motown label when it expired in 1971, on Stevie’s 21st birthday. He returned to Motown in 1972 after they came to an agreement. On August 6, 1973, Stevie was in a serious automobile accident, while on tour. A log from a logging truck went through a passenger window and hit him in the head. He was in a coma for four days and it resulted in permanent loss of his sense of smell. In March, 1974, Stevie returned to his music after a full recovery of his musical skills. He performed for the pre-game show for the Super Bowl in 2006. He had his 4 year old son on the drums. He also accompanied Aretha Franklin during The Star Spangled Banner.
In 2007 Stevie announced that he was going on A Wonder Summer’s Night concert tour. It had been over 10 years since he ha been on tour. His mother died in 2006. She had co-wrote 3 of Stevie’s biggest single hits. They were Signed Sealed and Delivered, Don’t Know Why I Love You, and I Was Made To Love Her. Stevie’s has released 34 singles which reached the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. He also had 12 albums which reached the Top Ten on the charts.
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