Little Stevie Wonder had hit the scene at the tender age of 13 with a song called “Fingertips – Part 2.” This was an exciting early hit for Motown. But going chronologically from my last post, I’m instead going to go with one of my … Continue reading My Musical Journey in 25 Songs (Part 3)
Blow by Blow signaled a new creative peak for Beck, and it proved to be a difficult act to follow. It is a testament to the power of effective collaboration and, given the circumstances, Beck clearly rose to the occasion. In addition to being a … Continue reading Featured Album – Blow by Blow – Jeff Beck
The choreography that you saw in the Tempts and Supremes videos was, of course, no accident. Hitsville wasn’t there just to record songs. According to The Story of Motown, Berry Gordy set up a rigorous training program for his fledgling stars. “One floor was for choreography, … Continue reading Motown (final) – Can I Get a Witness?
Although Stevie Wonder wrote “Superstition,” I don’t know how many people are aware that he actually wrote it for Jeff Beck. How did such a thing come to be? Well, Beck was a Stevie fan and Stevie liked the idea of having guest guitarists. So … Continue reading One Song/Three Versions – Superstition
I’m going to use this Stevie Wonder post as A) a final post of the series; B) a celebration of a great album and C) a sort-of belated concert review. In late 1976, Stevie Wonder released a superb double album called Songs in the Key … Continue reading Stevie Wonder – (Final of 3 – I Am Singing)
Stevie joined, and somehow survived, the notoriously decadent 1972 Rolling Stones tour of America as their opening act. This did much to popularize his mega-hit songs “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” (I’m saving “Superstition” for a One Song/Three Versions post). He … Continue reading Stevie Wonder (2)
I tried to limit these posts to three songs apiece but I could not do it. I could not decide which ones to cut, especially since I’d already culled it down. So, if you do get a chance to listen, try to give each song … Continue reading Stevie Wonder (1)