Stevie Wonder: A Place in the Sun

13 May

Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder's 1976 album Songs In The Key of Life

Birthday greetings to Stevie Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Jenkins, changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris and first known as Little Stevie, who celebrates No. 61 today.

He’s long outgrown that moniker, back when his songs (like the link below) were written for him — A Place In The Sun was first released more than 45 years ago when Wonder was Teen Stevie.

Today he is one of the president’s favorites (and likewise he one of Wonder’s), one of the movers behind the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and — blind since childhood — an example to many.

Wonder: “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.”

Thursday he performed Sunshine of Your Life at Tulane University’s graduation ceremony, and here’s hoping the graduates, most of them born a generation after Wonder first composed it, were as well-versed in Wonder as they were in their major. There’s more to Stevie Wonder than I Just Called to Say I Love You.

From Wonder’s liner notes on Songs In The Key of Life: “It is important that you do note permanently in your mind that I do not take a second for granted. For I do believe it is that Stevie Wonder is the necessary vehicle on which Stevland Morris must be carried on his mission to spread love mentalism.” 

Sources: imdb.com, wikipedia.org

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