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At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters is Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins and, when he burst on to the musical scene in 1962, he was initially known as Little Stevie Wonder. He was hailed as a child musical genius, composing his first songs at the age of 11. Of course, the ‘little’ was dropped as he grew older; but in a career that has spanned six decades he will certainly go down as one of the most important singer-songwriters in 20th Century music.

Some of his best known songs are ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’, ‘The Tears Of a Clown’ (a number one hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ (a song to his new-born daughter), ‘For Once in My Life’, ‘Sir Duke’‘Lately’ (which I blogged about here), and ‘Happy Birthday’, the song he wrote in the campaign to have Martin Luther King’s birthday recognised as a public holiday in the USA (which I blogged about here). His 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

 

At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time is Stevie Wonder.

At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time is Stevie Wonder.

 

The song which I’ve decided to include in this blog is ‘Sir Duke’, which was released as a single in 1977 and is possibly the first Stevie Wonder song I remember hearing on the radio. It comes from his album Songs in the Key of Life, and when released it got to number 1 in the USA and to number 2 in the Disunited Kingdom.

 

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove
Don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A
When the people start to move

They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people

Music knows it is and always will
Be one of the things that life just won’t quit
But here are some of music’s pioneers
That time will not allow us to forget
For there’s Basie, Miller, Satchmo
And the king of all Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella’s ringing out
There’s no way the band can lose

You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people

You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people

You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people

You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
I can feel it all over-all over now people

Can’t you feel it all over
Come on let’s feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
Everybody-all over people

 

Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!

Which is your favourite Stevie Wonder song?

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