Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits

 
Stevie Wonder Color Photo

Stevie Wonder Color Photo

Stevie Wonder Overview

This is a review of Stevie Wonder greatest hits and his career as a singer, songwriter and musician. A child prodigy, he developed into one of the most creative and loved musical figures of the late 20th century. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown’s Talma label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s.

He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. 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.

He was born Stevland Hardaway Morris on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, is the third of six children and is known by his stage name Stevie wonder. When Stevie Wonder was four, his mother left his father and moved to Detroit with her children. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica, drums and bass. During childhood he was active in his church choir.

Discovery and Early Career

Fingertips Part 2 45 RPM on Talma Label Little Stevie Wonder

Fingertips Part 2 45 RPM on Talma Label Little Stevie Wonder

Ronnie White of The Miracles gives credit to his brother Gerald White for persistently nagging him to come to his friend’s house in 1961 to check out Stevie Wonder. Afterward, White brought Wonder and his mother to Motown. Berry Gordy was impressed by Wonder and he signed him to a contract with Motown’s Tamla record label as Little Stevie Wonder.

His breakout hit came in 1963 when he was thirteen, with the release of his first single “Fingertips Part 2” which whet to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and also #1 on the R&B charts. He also made his film debut in 1964, with “Muscle Beach Party”, and dropped the “little” from his name on future recordings. Until 1972, he had some success with top ten hits on the Hot 100 chart but no number ones.

He also wrote songs for himself and also a big hit for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles titled “Tears Of A Clown“, in 1970.

Classic Period

During his classic period from 1972 through 1977, his contract with Motown expired and it was renewed with Wonder having more control and rights to his own songs. Motown also gave Wonder a higher royalty rate. It was during this period that he had five number ones and three top ten hits on the pop charts. This brought Stevie Wonder into the spotlight. Some of these songs are “Superstition”, “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and “You Haven’t Done Nothin” to name three. All three were #1 for one week on the charts. Also during this period, Wonder won two consecutive Grammy Awards in 1974 for “Innervisions” and 1975 for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”.

Commercial Period 1979-1990

I Just Called To Say I Love You 45 Single Motown Label Stevie Wonder

I Just Called To Say I Love You 45 Single Motown Label Stevie Wonder

It was during this period that Wonder had is best known songs to hit the charts. In 1982, a recording with Paul McCartney titled “Ebony And Ivory” which went to #1 for 7 weeks on the Hot 100 chart, and “I Just Called To Say I Love You” in 1984, which was number one for three weeks and won Wonder an Oscar in 1985. His last number one song in this period was “Part-Time Lover” in 1985, and was #1 for one week. This is also Wonder’s last solo #1 hit on the pop charts. He recorded a #1 hit with Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Night titled “That’s What Friends Are For” #1 for 4 weeks, also in 1985 his tenth and last number one.

Music Career

During Stevie Wonder’s recording career, he has sold over 100 million records world-wide. He has 10 #1 hit song’s on the pop charts and 20 #1’s on the R&B chart, and 8 #1’s on the Adult Contemporary chart. On the pop chart he has 9 #1 hits, 27 top 10 hits, 35 top 20 hits, 45 top 40 hits, and 11 top ten albums.  He is ranked by Billboard as the #30 artist from 1960-1969, #7 artist from 1970-1979, #15 artist from 1980-1989, and the #6 artist of all-time from 1955-2010. He is ranked the #31 artist of all-time on the Adult Contemporary chart and #4 artist of all-time on the R&B chart. On the R&B chart he has 19 #1’s, 46 top 10, 54 top 20, 65 top 40 hits.

Awards

He as received 22 Grammy’s which is the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983, inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and received an Oscar for Best Original Song “I Just Called To Say I Love You” in 1985. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Number One & Top Ten Songs

Ebony And Ivory 45 Single

Ebony And Ivory 45 Single

Here is a complete list of all Stevie Wonder’s number one and top ten songs on the Hot 100 chart, Adult Contemporary Chart and R&B chart. Peak weeks at #1, #2, #3 are in () and the date is the peak date song hit number one on the chart. The other songs are the debut date on the chart. The #1 songs are in bold.

Hot 100 Chart

  1. Fingertips Part 2 – August 10, 1963 #1 (3)
  2. Uptight (Everything Is Alright) – December 18, 1965 #3 (2)
  3. Blowing In The Wind – July 23, 1966 #9
  4. A Place In The Sun – November 12, 1966 #9
  5. I Was Made To Love Her – June 10, 1967 #2 (2)
  6. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da Day – April 6, 1968 #9
  7. For Once In My Life – November 2, 1968 #2 (2)
  8. My Cherie Amour – May 31, 1969 #4
  9. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday – October 18, 1969 #7
  10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – June 27, 1970 #3 (2)
  11. Heaven Help Us All – October 17, 1970 #9
  12. If You Really Love Me – August 14, 1971 #8
  13. Superstition – January 27, 1973 #1 (1)
  14. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – May 19, 1973 #1 (1)
  15. Higher Ground – August 18, 1973 #4
  16. Living For The City – November 10, 1973 #8
  17. You Haven’t Done Nothin – November 2, 1974 #1 (1)
  18. Boogie On Reggae Woman – November 16, 1974 #3 (2)
  19. I Wish – January 22, 1977 #1 (1)
  20. Sir Duke – May 21, 1977 #1 (3)
  21. Send One Your Love – November 13, 1979 #4
  22. Master Blaster – September 20, 1980 #5
  23. That Girl – January 16, 1982 #4
  24. Ebony And Ivory – May 15, 1982 #1 (7)
  25. I Just Called To Say I Love You – October 13, 1984 #1 (3)
  26. Part-Time Lover – November 2, 1985 #1 (1)
  27. Go Home – November 23, 1985 #10

Adult Contemporary Chart

  1. My Cherie Amour – June 14, 1969 #3 (1)
  2. Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday – November 29, 1969 #10
  3. If You Really Love Me – September 4, 1971 #10
  4. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – April 28, 1973 #1 (2)
  5. Sir Duke – April 23, 1977 #3 (1)
  6. Send One Your Love – December 22, 1979 #1 (4)
  7. That Girl – February 13, 1982 #10
  8. Ebony And Ivory – May 15, 1982 #1 (5)
  9. I Just Called To Say I Love You – October 13, 1984 #1 (3)
  10. Love Light In Flight – December 1, 1984 #10
  11. Part-Time Lover – October 26, 1985 #1 (3)
  12. That’s What Friends Are For – January 11, 1986 #1 (2)
  13. Go Home – January 25, 1986 #1 (1)
  14. Overjoyed – April 12, 1986 #1 (2)

R&B Chart

  1. Fingertips Part 2 – August 3, 1963 #1 (6)
  2. Castles In The Sand – March 14, 1964 #6
  3. Hey Harmonica Man – June 13, 1964 #5
  4. Uptight (Everything Is Alright) January 12, 1966 #1 (5)
  5. Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby – April 23, 1966 #4
  6. With A Child’s Heart – June 25, 1966 #8
  7. Blowin’ In The Wind – August 27, 1966 #1 (1)
  8. A Place In The Sun – November 19, 1966 #3 (1)
  9. Hey Love – May 6, 1967 #9
  10. I Was Made To Love Her – July 15, 1967 #1 (4)
  11. I’m Wondering – October 21, 1967 #4
  12. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day – June 1, 1968 #1 (1)
  13. You Met Your Match – August 3, 1968 #2 (2)
  14. For Once In My Life – November 16, 1968 #2 (1)
  15. My Cherie Amour – June 14, 1968 #4
  16. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday – November 1, 1969 #5
  17. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – August 1, 1970 #1 (6)
  18. Heaven Help Us All – October 24, 1970 #2 (3)
  19. We Can Work It Out – March 20, 1971 #3 (3)
  20. If You Really Love Me – August 21, 1971 #4
  21. Superstition – January 6, 1973 #1 (3)
  22. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – March 24, 1973 #3 (2)
  23. Higher Ground – September 29, 1973 #1 (1)
  24. Living For The City – December 29, 1973 #1 (2)
  25. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Nothin – April 6, 1974 #2 (1)
  26. You Haven’t Done Nothin – September 28, 1974 #1 (2)
  27. Boogie On Reggae Woman – December 28,  1974 #1 (2)
  28. I Wish – January 15, 1977 #1 (5)
  29. Sir Duke – May 28, 1977 #1 (1)
  30. Master Blaster (Jammin) – November 1, 1980 #1 (7)
  31. That Girl – February 20, 1982 #1 (9)
  32. Ebony And Ivory – April 17, 1982 #8
  33. Do I Do – June 5, 1982 #2 (4)
  34. Ribbon In The Sky – September 11, 1982 #10
  35. I Just Called To Say I Love You – October 13, 1984 #1 (3)
  36. Part-Time Lover – October 19, 1985 #1 (6)
  37. Go Home – November 23, 1985 #2 (2)
  38. Overjoyed – February 22, 1986 #8
  39. Skeletons – November 28, 1987 #1 (2)
  40. You Will Know – Marcy 5, 1988 #1 (1)
  41. Get It – April 23, 1988 #4
  42. My Eyes Don’t Cry – September 24, 1988 #6
  43. Gotta Have You – June 1, 1991 #3 (1)
  44. Fund Day – August 31, 1991 #6
  45. These Three Words – November 30, 1991 #7

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