Happy Birthday today to Stevie Wonder, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, who was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on this day in 1950.
Blind from birth and raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by age eight. His first instrument was a harmonica given to him by his uncle, he would later be given a set of toy drums and then Stevie mastered the piano.
The child prodigy scored his first US #1 single, “Fingertips” (the second #1 for the Motown label), two years later in 1963, the track was taken from a live recording of a Motor Town Revue performance, (and featured a young Marvin Gaye on drums).
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