Who is Stevie Wonder?

Stevie Wonder is a multi-faceted, lifelong legend. And, although his black history is not as well known as other black icons, Stevie Wonder was once known for much more than just jazz. And, his story of a forgotten yet triumphant existence has been told by a host of musicians and personalities. Here is a look at his career.

Stevie Wonder first made his mark on the music scene when he was the lead singer of The Staple Singers, one of the first rock groups in the United States. However, he did not get the national recognition that he truly deserved because his image was somewhat shallow. Despite the work of such greats as The Beatles, Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, Wonder was a unique and individual talent with unique qualities.

He didn’t just play the drums but played them to the highest note, thus, becoming the first “rock star” in America. A lot of the reason for his success was because of his ability to embody a range of emotions through his vocals, an ability which was aided greatly by his unique voice and technique.

Unfortunately, it was not until about ten years after the Staple Singers disbanded that Stevie Wonder was able to really make his mark. His first hit song was ‘Gotta Have It’, and there was a reason for that. Stevie Wonder’s voice was absolutely electric, and his deep baritone was a force to be reckoned with. And, while he was talented enough to make the Staple Singers a hit, he was also a product of another era: blues.

So, when Stevie Wonder hit the big time, he was naturally compared to the legendary bluesman, The Great Willie Dixon. When asked to sing the famous blues standard, ‘Cross the Blue Line’, Stevie Wonder quickly covered it with his own unique twist on the blues, sounding as if he had his hands in the air as the music literally comes from his soul. This instantly made him one of the top names in the blues genre.

From this point on, Stevie Wonder was the rock star in America, and his career was off to a very fast start. Because of his unique style, his cool demeanor, and his booming voice, his music became a mainstream phenomenon in the early 1970s.

This also allowed Stevie Wonder to expand his musical horizons. In the course of his career, he developed a huge fan base that made his career the most successful in all of rock and roll. His songs were first recorded on studio albums and, then, later, on compact disc releases.

There is no one reason why Stevie Wonder’s career is remembered so fondly. That is true of any musician, however, there are some things that they do have in common. One of the most important of these is that all the major breakthroughs in the career of any musician began with a simple concept, and was a direct result of an idea that came to mind.

In the case of Stevie Wonder, his first great idea was to capture his blues influences in a new way. He created his very own genre of music, one that mixed the intense emotion of his drumming with the inner emotions of his deep, clear baritone.

From this point on, Stevie Wonder remained as eclectic as ever. He took the traditional blues and added his own twist to the classic blues song ‘Living for the City’. Stevie Wonder created one of the most widely recorded, and best-known hits of all time.

So, when we think of Stevie Wonder, we think of his ability to take the blues and turn it into something completely unique and wonderful. And, the success that he achieved in the 1970s simply confirms the fact that he was a genuinely gifted musician and as unique a talent as there ever was.