Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
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Wonder performing in 1973
Background information
Birth name Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Also known as Stevland Hardaway Morris (legal)
Little Stevie Wonder (stage)
Born (1950-05-13) May 13, 1950 (age 67)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years active 1961–present
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Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins; May 13, 1950), [1] known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. [2] Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11, [2] and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth. [3]

Among Wonder's works are singles such as " Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", " Superstition", " Sir Duke", " You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and " I Just Called to Say I Love You"; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. [2] He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, one of the most-awarded male solo artists, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. [4] Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States. [5] In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. [6] In 2013, Billboard magazine released a list of the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 55th anniversary, with Wonder at number six. [7]

Early life

Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950, the third of six children of Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway, a songwriter. He was born six weeks premature which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind. [3] [8] When Wonder was four, his mother divorced his father and moved to Detroit with her children. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son's surname to Morris, partly because of relatives. Wonder has retained Morris as his legal surname. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John, they played on street corners, and occasionally at parties and dances. [9]

Wonder sang as a child in a choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. [10]

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