May. 13th, 1950
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
6' 0 1/2"
Stevie Wonder's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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- Friend 'Dizzy Gillespie' (qv) played the trumpet solo on "Do I Do" from Wonder's "Musiquarium" compilation album (1982).
- Shortly after reaching his 21st birthday in the spring of 1971, he became the first Motown Recording artist to gain complete artistic control of his records.
- Wrote the tribute for 'Mariah Carey' (qv)'s endorsement in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (Artists & Entertainers section / Issue May 12, 2008).
- At the age of 17 he performed with The 'Jimi Hendrix' (qv) Experience playing drums at the BBC. (Jammin'/I was made to love her, BBC Sessions)
- In his acceptance speech for the Oscar for Best Song in 1984, Wonder dedicated his award to imprisoned civil rights leader 'Nelson Mandela' (qv). The South African government promptly banned Wonder's music from the country.
- In addition to his being blind, he also has loss of smell due to a 1973 car crash in North Carolina from which he also has a scar.
- Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Oddly enough, two other vocalists introduced his 1973 smash hit "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (from album "Talking Book") before Wonder actually sang any lyrics. Respectively, these singers were 'James Gilstrap' (qv) and 'Lani Groves' (qv).