Mega famous songstress, rapper and flutistLIZZO (born Melissa Viviane Jefferson,
34 years ago in Detroit) performed last week on the Saturday Night Live Show covering
a 1967 Xmas carol named SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS bySTEVIE WONDER.
Living soul legend Stevie Wonder wrote Sir Duke in tribute to Duke Ellington,
the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie,
Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
The song reached the number one spot on the US Singles Chart 45 years ago today, on 21 May 1972.
Pitchfork: “Songs in the Key of Life” was the culmination of a historic period of creativity
for Stevie Wonder. Its ambition and scope were unprecedented, and he never approached
its caliber or impact again… The album—two LPs plus an additional four-song EP—was the culmination of a historic period of creativity, a concentrated burst of music matched only by a handful of artists (mid-’60s Bob Dylan, early ’70s Rolling Stones, ’80s Prince). Its ambition and scope were unprecedented, its power and resonance were timeless—and when it was done, he never approached its caliber or impact again.” Full review here. Score: 10/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Michael Jackson called himself
the King of Pop, but Stevie Wonder is the King of Soul.
Singles in the key of life: Sir Duke / I Wish / Isn’t She Lovely
Only 12! That was STEVIE WONDER‘s age when he released his debut single ‘I CALL IT PRETTY MUSIC BUT THE OLD PEOPLE CALL IT THE BLUES‘. He didn’t write the song himself and it wasn’t a hit but this shaking little gem displayed the legend’s talent for the very first time, 57 years ago, on 16 August 1962. The start of an incredible career. Here’s that phenomenal kid…