Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevie Wonder has changed his name to Stevland Morris, Eivets Rednow, and Stevie Wonderful, but his music and talent has remained the same throughout his career.
Before becoming musician, singer, songwriter, and recorder producer, newborn Stevland suffered from retinopathy of prematurely, a destructive ocular disorder probably from the result of receiving excessive oxygen in his incubator.
Stevland's mother taught her other children to treat their sibling as any other child and help him instead of over-assist or tease him because of his blindness.
Eventually, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan and young Steve Wonder began to sing and play piano, congas, and harmonica at the local church. Later, he was trained in classical piano while attending Michigan School for the Blind.
Stevland began his professional musical career at age 12 when he was introduced to Ronnie White, the singer of the successful Motown band The Miracles, who got a record deal for the young musician under the name of Little Stevie Wonder.
Stevie's first hit came at age 13 after the song "Fingertips (Pt. 2)" was released in 1963. This cut was taken from a live performance in which Steve Wonder sang and played bongos and harmonica with young Marvin Gaye on drums.
"Fingertips (Pt. 2)" peaked at number one on the Billboard Pop chart and marked the beginning of Stevie Wonder's Motown era from 1962 to 1971. Stevie then evolved to a classic period that produced his major hits worldwide such as "Superstition" a rhythm and blues pop ballad featured in his 1972 album "Talking Book" that hit number one single song around the world.
For several years during the 1970’s, Stevie Wonder was a name often seen in the top ten charts, before the name of the musician began to be associated to major commercial projects as records producer and high-profile collaborations.
During the 1980's, Stevie Wonder not only increased album sales, but also his charity participation, television appearances, and remains active until the present. From 1962 to 2005, Stevie's discography encompassed 30 live and studio albums. In August 2007, Stevie Wonder announced his "A Wonder Summer's Night" tour.
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