Happy 2013 Birthday to the Legendary Stevie Wonder

Post date: May 17, 2013 12:40:11 AM

by Robert Wilkinson link to blog Aquarius Papers

Besides it being the birthday of Stephen Colbert, today we also send out a huge Happy Birthday to one of the greatest, Mister "Little" Stevie Wonder!

Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950) is one of the most creative and well-loved musical talents of the 20th century. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, activist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace, this child prodigy who has been blind since infancy is a master musician who has given us some of the most memorable tunes in history. Star at 13, superstar at 21, this musical genius is a man for the ages!!

He is an amazing and extraordinary talent, and his music has been part of the soundtrack of my life. When I saw him years ago he introduced his band by their astrological signs, which let me know he's totally wired into "groovin' on the one!" His shows are simply amazing in their ability to bring forth Oneness in The Love. And he is one of the only blind people in history to drive a car.....

For your enjoyment, “Little Stevie Wonder!”

From 1964, very live and very in the groove on his chromatic harmonica, “Little Stevie Wonder” doing the first part of the tune that first blew the doors down, the amazing “Fingertips”

Here’s a great clip of the exciting rave up that got everyone’s attention and got them hitting the dance floor by the millions, “Fingertips Part 2”

Also from early in his career, live on the Mike Douglas Show, here’s Stevie performing “Up Tight” and “Place in the Sun”

From 1974, an entire 31 minutes of an extremely funky Stevie Wonder concert on German television

We are told this is a rare performance. Live on “Soul Train,” here’s Stevie live performing a medley of “My Cherie Amore,” “Sir Duke,” and more

From our recent birthday tribute, here are some great performances with some more added to round out the sound! If you didn’t catch them then, catch them now!!

Totally in a “live in the studio groove,” an ab-fab live performance by Mister Stevie Wonder of his very funky sendup to Duke Ellington and other jazz legends, the chart-topping “Sir Duke”

In the same spirit, here’s a live performance in Japan in 1982 of his tribute to the Prophet Bob Marley, the very danceable reggae masterpiece, “Master Blaster”

From early in his career, Stevie live performing the classic “For Once In My Life”

Here’s Stevie live on Sesame Street in 1973 doing his hugely funky dance hit, “Superstition”

From 1991 with Tom Jones, a live duet of “Superstition”

Here’s a rare treat! Stevie and Stevie Ray Vaughan live doing “Superstition” and “Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down”

Live in London in 1995, here’s Stevie live performing his masterpiece, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”From the same show, “Master Blaster”

From 2009, Stevie Wonder and Sting in a great live performance of “Higher Ground” and “Roxanne”

Here’s a great sentiment for these edgy times! Here’s Stevie live in London 2009 performing “Don’t You Worry “Bout A Thing”

From his live performance at the White House in 2009, here’s Stevie doing his smash hit “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”

Also from 2009 at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here’s Stevie and the great BB King in a live duet of “The Thrill is Gone”

Speaking of awesome duets, here’s Stevie and the legendary Ray Charles in dueling keyboards doing Stevie’s monster hit “Living for the City”

From “Live at Last, A Wonder Summer’s Night” in London 2008, “Livin’ For the City” and “My Cherie Amour”

From the same 2008 London show, a great performance of “Part Time Lovers” and “Love At Last”

We close this set from London 2008 with 3 of his best!

"(Signed Sealed Delivered) I'm Yours", "Sir Duke" and "I Wish"

Here’s a great performance from 2011 in Glastonbury of “Human Nature” and “If You Really Love Me”

For one of our final tributes, here’s a full 2 hour concert of Stevie Wonder Rock In Rio 2011

If you still haven’t had enough, I found audio only clips of two of his best albums in their entirety. Just hit play and kick back to some great background music that grooves! And of course, if you feel like dancin’, Stevie’s good for happy feet!

The entire 1972 “Talking Book” album

The entire 1973 “Innervisions” album

Here’s a great 74 minute documentary giving us the inside look about one of his greatest albums,“Songs In The Key of Life”

From the show “Biography,” here’s a great 6-part documentary on Stevie Wonder! If you want to learn about this American musical treasure, check it out!!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

For our encore, a concert that seems apropos for our birthday boy! From 1989, the full 2 hour CBS television special Stevie Wonder Live in London – The Birthday concert

Thanks for everything over the years, Stevie. To be one of the best at what you do, and one of the most loved for what you do, puts you in rare company with the legends of all time! May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live! Just watch out for those crazies on the road when you’re behind the wheel....

Copyright © 2013 Robert Wilkinson