Little Stevie Wonder.He had his first number-one hit,
Fingertips (Part 2)in 1963. A prodigiously talented musician and songwriter and a superb arranger and producer, Wonder was a pioneer in the use of synthesizers. His music fuses pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and soul with such other genres as gospel, jazz, and reggae. Among his hits are
My Cherie Amour(1969),
Signed, Sealed, Delivered(1970),
You Are the Sunshine of My Life(1973),
Living for the City(1973), and
I Just Called to Say I Love You(1984, Academy Award). He also has cowritten, collaborated, and recorded with many of the major pop stars of his era.
See biographies by J. Swenson (1986), M. E. Horn (1996), and M. Beyer (2002); J. E. Perone, The Sound of Stevie Wonder: His Words and Music (2006).
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