Welcome to some more background to the career of the multi-Grammy artist Stevie Wonder. We are now in the 80s and not only will we share some of his music over the next couple of decades but also hear from some of his fans. Time to hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story.
Hotter Than July (1980) became Wonder’s first platinum-selling single album. The album included “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It,” and the sentimental ballad, “Lately”. Wonder wrote “Master Blaster Jammin’” as an ode to reggae icon Bob Marley. The song has a reggae feel and was number one on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart for seven weeks, reaching #5 on Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart and #2 on the UK Singles Chart.
Stevie Wonder, a social activist, campaigned to have the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrated as a holiday in the US. The song, “Happy Birthday,” from the album was written for the cause. The song was a big hit in the US and peaked at #2 in the UK. Wonder performed this song at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
This album along with Streetsongs by Rick James is all I can remember hearing as I enter into my teens in the summer of 1981. Stevie Wonder had all the Motown greats on this album. What a classic listen to the words in “Rocket Girl” and him paying a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. I can listen to “All I Do” over and over and over again. THANKS STEVIE YOU ARE A GIFTED MUSICIAN!!!!!!
“Ebony and Ivory,” a duet by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, was a #1 hit in the US and the UK in 1982. This song is about the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano with overtones dealing with integration and racial harmony on a human level. In 2013, Billboard Magazine ranked this song as the 69th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
That same year Wonder also released his greatest hits compilation Original Musiquarium I, which featured the No. 1 R&B/top 5 pop single “That Girl,” as well as additional hits “Ribbon in the Sky” and “Do I Do,” featuring jazz great, Dizzy Gillespie.
“I Just Called to Say I Love You,” written by Stevie Wonder, is from the 1984 Gene Wilder film The Woman in Red. This song won both a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Original Song and was a number one hit in both the US and the UK.
Like so much of Wonder’s work, the song appealed to a wide audience, paving the way for it to become Motown’s biggest international hit of all time. The single also won Wonder an Academy Award for Best Song. Wonder accepted the award in the name of Nelson Mandela and was subsequently banned from all South African radio by the Government of South Africa.
I loved the movie and most of all the OST to this wonderful show. The songs recorded by Dionne Warwick & Stevie Wonder are just beautiful & amazing. Songs that still will live on and endure for future years to come. Something that cannot be said for a lot of the so called *new tunes being served up by this new generation. So much garbage out there nowadays. Songs about calling women whores; drug use; fighting & killing etc;etc;etc;…..Buy this album and have an enjoyable journey through your mind. AND…..do get up & dance if a certain song makes you want to do that. I love you Stevie & Ms. Dionne !!
In the latter half of the 1980s Stevie Wonder released two more albums. Square Circle, in 1985, which featured the historic track “Part-Time Lover,” the first song to ever reach No. 1 on the pop, R&B, adult contemporary and dance charts. This was followed in 1987 by the album Characters featuring two No. 1 R&B hits—”Skeletons” and “You Will Know.”
Stevie Wonder was also a part of the iconic “We Are The World,” the African Famine Relief video/recording, and the AID’s inspired “That’s What Friends Are For.” And to round the decade off, he collaborated with Michael Jackson with “Get It” and with Julio Iglesias “My Love”. As a final honour of the 1980s he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
To finish off the post today “Part Time Lover” and we look forward to seeing you again next week with the next part of the Stevie Wonder story.
Buy the music of Stevie Wonder: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Wonder/e/B000AQ0PZO
Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder
About William Price King
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.
William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.
Connect to William
Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
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