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Stevie Wonder changes musicians’ lives!

Stevie Wonder is the legend whom most practicing musicians come across that has a life-changing impact on them.

Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music remain untouched. His songwriting, keyboard skills, harmonica playing, and vocal phrasing are second to none.

Initially known as Little Stevie Wonder, he was discovered on the streets of Detroit where he’d be seen playing his harmonica as if it was the easiest thing in the world.

Picked up by Berry Gordy’s Motown, he released his first two albums in 1962, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie and Tribute To Uncle Ray (Ray Charles was his idol).

At the time of release and when he recorded his third album, The 12 Year Old Genius, Stevie was, as the title suggests, 12 years old!

On these first three albums we got Fingertips, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and Drown In My Own Tears. All these tunes were covers.

Stevie’s next albums would also be covers, he recorded Smile, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Get Happy, When You Wish Upon A Star, and Blowin’ In The Wind, before the first big hit he actually wrote arrived in 1965 with Uptight (Everything Is Alright).

The following year, Uptight is released as an album and so is Down To Earth, here we find the amazing A Place In The Sun, written specifically for Stevie by Ronald Miller and Bryan Wells.

In 1967, Stevie is now 17 years old and already releasing his 7th studio album! This one’s entitled I Was Made To Love Her and contained the title track as well as Respect, My Girl, and Can I Get A Witness. As you can tell, seven albums in, and it’s all covers and some co-writes!

The next two are a Christmas and an instrumental album. This sets us up for his 1968 release For Once In My Life, again, written by Ronald Miller.

Initially, this was a slow ballad released already in 1965, Stevie’s version is what we all know. On this album we also get Sunny and God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday).

1969 and the hits keep coming in Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday, and My Cherie Amour. On this album, we also find covers of At Last and Light My Fire.

1970 and he’d released two live albums, these are a bit of a greatest hits of everything listed above, plus Fred Niel’s Everybody’s Talkin’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.

As the final track, we also get one of his biggest hits Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which is also the name of his next album. This is where you find his amazing Beatles cover of We Can Work It Out as well.

I can not emphasize this enough. It’s almost been a decade now and he is still mainly releasing covers, after 15 albums! There’s a lesson here for us all…

In 1971, the first album that Stevie released with only originals comes out. Entitled Where I’m Coming From, it has no big tunes on it!

Next, we get Music Of My Mind (1972) Stevie has now signed a new deal with Motown, giving him full artistic control. Still, there are no hits.

The same year he drops Talking Book containing his signature song Superstition, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, and I Believe (When I Fall In Live) shuts up any critics!

1973 and we get Inner Visions, and now it’s getting a bit crazy. Here we get Too High, Living For The City, Golden Lady, Higher Ground, All In Love Is Fair, Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing, and He’s Misstra Know-it-all.

His next release (1974) is nowhere near the same level, only Boogie On Reggae Woman is a proper tune here, but that’s fine because next, we get one of the best albums ever recorded.

1976 and on Songs In The Key Of Life, we have I Wish, Isn’t She Lovely, Sir Duke, and As, four of the best tunes you’ll ever hear!

This is followed by a greatest hits album with six (!) sides called Looking Back and a film soundtrack called Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.

1980 and another classic Stevie Wonder album lands in Hotter Than July. Here we are treated to Master Blaster, Happy Birthday, and Lately.

After another greatest hits album and soundtrack for the film The Woman In Red, containing his best-selling single of all time, I Just Called To Say I Love You, we get the last Stevie Wonder album with a proper classic on it.

It’s 1985 and Stevie released In Square Circle and the tune is Part Time Lover. Perhaps not the best production, but still a great tune.

He does keep releasing albums after this but the tunes have dried up, saying that – Stevie had a pretty intense run!

If you haven’t already, you should immediately go and listen to his entire back catalog. It contains some of the finest music ever written, and performed!

I’m sure Stevie is the musician that changed most practicing musicians’ lives, will this be the case also for you?

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All In Love Is Fair

C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | A#m7add4 |
All is fair in love, love’s a crazy game.
Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 F#m7 | B9 |
Two people vow to stay, in love as one they say.

Go to All In Love Is Fair chords.

For Once In My Life

F Faug | F6 D7b9/F# | 
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me,
Gm Gmmaj7 | Gm7 Gmmaj7 |
someone I’ve needed so long.

Go to For Once In My Life chords.

I Wish

Emb7 Ab | Ebm7 Ab | Emb7 Ab | Ebm7 Ab |
Looking back on when I was a little nappy-headed boy.
Emb7 Ab | Ebm7 Ab | Emb7 Ab | Ebm7 Ab |
Then my only worry was for Christmas what would be my toy.

Go to I Wish chords.

Isn’t She Lovely

C#m7 | F#9 | B11 | E6 |
Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?
C#m7 | F#9 | B11 | E6 |
Isn’t she precious? Less than one minute old.

Go to Isn’t She Lovely chords.

Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
Everyone’s feeling pretty, it’s hotter than July.
F | F | Cm | Bb |
Though the world’s full of problems, they couldn’t touch us even if they tried.

Go to Master Blaster (Jammin’) chords.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)

 F | Dm |
Like a fool, I went and stayed too long.
F | Dm F11 | Bb7 |
Now, I’m wondering if your love’s still strong. Ooh baby, here I am.

Go to Signed, Sealed, Delivered chords.

Sir Duke

B | G#m | G | F#7 |
Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.
B | G#m | G | F#7 |
With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance, and clap their hands.

Go to Sir Duke chords.

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