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Blind from birth, Stevie Wonder [[note]]real name Stevland Morris[[/note]] (1950-) first became famous as "Little" Stevie Wonder as a supporting act on the Creator/{{Motown}} Records roster. He could play keyboards and various percussion instruments, but it was his harmonica talents that most impressed Berry Gordy, and featured in Wonder's first hit, "Fingertips Part 2" (1963), a live recording of a mostly improptu performance. (Listen closely, and you'll hear the bassist for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas stammering, "What key? What key?" after he got on stage thinking Stevie was done performing.)

Even at his young age, Wonder attempted to be progressive with his singing and song choices, notably his recording the Music/BobDylan song "Blowin' In the Wind" which some at Motown thought was a mistake. While several of his [[TheSixties 1960s]] hits, particularly "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and his cover of "For Once In My Life", have proved durable, it's his material starting with 1972's ''Talking Book'' up through 1976's ''Songs in the Key of Life'' that are probably his most popular and critically well regarded. These songs even broke the alleged Album Rock "color barrier", thanks in no small part to his performing the ''Talking Book'' material on a tour with Music/TheRollingStones at that time.

Today, Wonder is still revered by many, though his days as a major radio force are essentially over. He's also known for his political activism, up to his very vocal endorsing and supporting of BarackObama.


!!Tropes
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Wonder does this hilariously in the intro to "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing".
* BlindBlackGuy
* BlindMusician
* ChildPopstar: He started when he was seven.
* ChildProdigy: Began his career at a young age and topped the charts with the live album ''The 12 Year Old Genius''. He still holds the record for the youngest artist to get to number one.
* CoverVersion: Being both a writer and performer for Creator/{{Motown}}, this was often inverted. Two examples:
** He wrote "Superstition" with the intention of giving it to Jeff Beck (whom he was collaborating with for the ''Talking Book'' album), but his record label [[ExecutiveMeddling released his version first]]. ...Which went to #1 and became a SignatureSong for Stevie.
** And in 1966 (at the age of 16), he wrote "All I Do (Is Think About You)" for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqbvX_sYoN0 Tammy Terrell to record]]. But it largely flew under the radar; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ9Pa41KJjM his own version]] recorded in 1980 is much better known.
* EpicRocking: "Living for the City", "Love's in Need of Love Today", "As", "Another Star".
** The instrumental for "Isn't She Lovely?" runs so long that the song needed to be cut in half for radio play.
* GenreAdultery: 1979's ''Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants"''.
* HandicappedBadass
* IAmTheBand: Literally! He plays keyboards, bass, drums, and harmonica. Many songs are all him except for backing vocals, guitar, and horns.
* LighterAndSofter: The majority of his output post-''Songs'', epitomized in 1983's "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
* MelismaticVocals
* ProtestSong: Released many socially-conscious songs throughout the 1970s.
* SesameStreetCred: His 1970s appearance on ''SesameStreet'' where he performs "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE Superstition]]" and the theme song is one of the classic moments of the series.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Living for the City".
* StopAndGo: "Visions".
* TakeThat: "He's Misstra Know It All" and "You Haven't Done Nothin'", about RichardNixon
* TruckDriversGearChange: Frequently. "Summer Soft" does this no less that ''4'' times!
* UptownGirl: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDbyOLzEyfk Uptight (Everything Is Alright)]]'' by Stevie Wonder.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Lately".
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