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ON THIS DAY, 1950...

Stevland Hardaway Judkins, also known as Stevie Wonder, was born on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. He is a legendary singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer who has made an indelible mark on the music industry.

Despite becoming blind shortly after birth due to premature birth, Wonder showed an early talent for music, learning to play various instruments by ear. At just 11 years old, he was signed to Motown's Tamla label, where he was given the stage name Little Stevie Wonder. His early hits in the 1960s, like 'Fingertips Pt. 2', showcased his musical prowess and energetic performances.

As he matured, Wonder's music evolved, and he gained more creative control over his work. In the 1970s, he released many highly acclaimed albums, including 'Talking Book', 'Innervisions', and 'Songs in the Key of Life'. These albums showcased his incredible vocal abilities, skilful songwriting, and proficiency with various instruments.

Wonder's music transcends genres, incorporating soul, funk, pop, R&B, and jazz elements. His lyrics often touch on themes of love, social justice, and spirituality, reflecting his own experiences and beliefs.

Aside from his solo career, Wonder has collaborated with many other artists and contributed to numerous film soundtracks. He's known for hits like 'Superstition', 'Sir Duke', 'I Just Called to Say I Love You', and 'Isn't She Lovely'.

Throughout his career, Stevie Wonder has received numerous awards, including 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded male solo artists in Grammy history. He's also been honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Beyond music, Stevie Wonder has been active in various humanitarian and political causes. He's advocated for civil rights, disability rights, and against apartheid in South Africa.

Overall, Stevie Wonder's impact on music and culture is immeasurable. His timeless songs continue to inspire and resonate with audiences worldwide.


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