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1963 was just the beginning for Stevie Wonder

Laura White
Anna Shine
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Stevie Wonder preforming “Superstition” on Soul train   Source: Undefeated

Stevie Wonder has recently celebrated his 71st birthday which is a perfect opportunity to look back on his phenomenal career. At the age of 13, Stevie Wonder began his extremely successful music career, hitting the top of the charts with his single ‘Fingertips’. This was just the beginning for Stevie before his success rose in the early 70s.  

In the 70s alone, Stevie Wonder created 9 albums which Steve McKeever described as “the greatest run in the history of the music business”. During his years as a musician, he has had ten US number-one hits on the pop charts, as well as 20 R&B number-one hits, and has sold over 100 million records 

Not only did his talent make him successful but his reflection of societal issues growing up as a man of colour was portrayed through his music. Releasing music at a time when black unemployment was nearing double that of whites.  

Although the 1970s was Stevie Wonders peak, he didn’t stop there. He continued producing more and more music for his fans. Releasing over 100 singles. In 2020, Stevie Wonder released two new tracks ‘Where is Our Love Song’ and ‘Can’t Put it in The Hands of Fate’ after a 15-year gap in his music releases.  

Not only was Stevie Wonder the recipient of 25 Grammy awards, but he has also be awarded recognition for his civil rights work. Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights, a United Nations Messenger of the Peace as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.  

Stevie Wonder's incredible music career continues, spanning 60 years in the industry!

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