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On this day in music history: January 22, 1977 - “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 5 weeks on January 15, 1977. Written and produced by Stevie Wonder, it is the fifth number one pop and twelfth R&B chart topper for the Motown superstar. While working on his eagerly awaited eighteenth album, Wonder comes up with the idea for “I Wish” during Motown’s annual 4th of July company picnic in 1976. He goes to Crystal Studios in Los Angeles immediately following the picnic, and composes the majority of the song on the spot. Backed by his band Wonderlove, they cut the basic track that day. While laying down the basic tracks, Stevie uses an ARP 2600 synthesizer to play a counter melody throughout the song, using the monophonic (only note at a time can be played on it, and not chords) keyboard to layer the individual notes of a chord on tape. Initially, the songs’ lyrics have a more serious and darker tone. When he realizes that they are counteractive to the songs’ uplifting groove, he turns it into a fond remembrance of his childhood growing up in Saginaw, MI. Released as the first single from the landmark album “Songs In The Key Of Life”, “I Wish” becomed an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #40 on December 4, 1976, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “I Wish” returns to the top of the chart, in when Will Smith samples a portion of the original track for the title song to the film “Wild, Wild West” in 1999. Digital Underground also sample the song for a remixed version of their single “No Nose Job” in 1991, as well as being covered by smooth jazz saxophonist Najee in 1995.

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Stevie Wonder on accessibility for people with all kinds of bodies and abilities.

“You all can’t read this, huh. You can’t read Braille, nah nah nah nah nah. I just want to say, before saying the winner, we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”

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HE FORGOT #STEVIEWONDER IS BLIND AND LEFT MANZ STANDING THERE IN THE STUDIO LMFAO #MICHAELJACKSON 😂😭😭

Mike is FOREVER wrong for this shit!! 😂😂😂

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On this day in music history: January 22, 1966 - “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on February 12, 1966. Written by Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder, it is the second R&B chart topper for the young singer and songwriter. “Uptight” marks the beginning of a major comeback for the then fifteen year-old Motown star whose career had been in a slump since breaking through three years earlier with “Fingertips Pt. 2”. Motown pairs Wonder with Cosby, Moy and William “Mickey” Stevenson who bring him back to the top of the charts. Sylvia Moy, a new staff producer and songwriter at the time, is given her first assignment working with Stevie. She’ll ask him if he has written anything himself, and he responds by singing the chorus of what becomes “Uptight”. The pair finish writing it with producer Hank Cosby, and quickly enter the studio to cut the track and Wonder’s vocals. Unable to write the lyrics down in braille for Stevie, Moy sings the song a line ahead of him in his headphones, as he sings them back to her. Released on November 22, 1965, it enters the Hot 100 in early December and climb the pop and R&B charts, becoming Wonder’s second million selling single. The original 45 release is backed with the non-LP track “Purple Rain Drops” written Ted Hull, Stevie’s tutor from the Michigan School For The Blind. The slow, bluesy “Rain Drops” becomes a cult favorite of many Stevie fans, though does not surface on an album until it is included on “The Motown Box” CD box set in 2005, remixed into true stereo for the first time. The original mono 45 mix makes its CD debut on “The Complete Motown Singles | Vol. 5: 1965” in 2006. “Uptight” is parodied by comedian Bill Cosby in 1967 for the song “Little Ole Man (Uptight Everything’s Alright)” (#4 Pop, #18 R&B). Stevie Wonder’s original version of “Uptight” is featured prominently in the film “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in 1995.

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The Playlist Series: African American/Black American Weddings, The First Dance

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Etta James: At Last
K-Ci & JoJo: All My Life
Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You
John Legend: Stay With You
Patti LaBelle: If Only You Knew
SWV: You’re Always On My Mind
The Isley Brothers: For the Love of You
John Legend: You & I
Beyonce: Halo
Faith Evans: I Love You
Four Tops/Whitney Houston: I Believe In You and Me
Tammi Terrel & Marvin Gaye/Cheryl Lynn & Luther Vandross: If This World Were Mine
Anita Baker: Sweet Love
Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman
New Edition: Can You Stand the Rain
Rufus & Chaka Khan: Sweet Thing
Jill Scott: He Loves Me
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole: Unforgettable
Whitney Houston: You Give Good Love
Jaheim: Anything
Rose Royce: Wishing on A Star
Ginuwine: Differences
The O'Jays: Stairway to Heaven
Mariah Carey: When I Saw You
Aaliyah: At Your Best (You Are Love)
Dru Hill: These Are the Times
Babyface: Every Time I Close My Eye
Brian McKnight: Back At One
Minne Riperton: Loving You
India Arie: Ready For Love
Troop: All I Do Is Think of You
Prince: Adore
Kindred The Family: Where Would I be
Chaka Khan: Through the Fire
Jagged Edge: Promise
Dondria: You’re the One
Kevon Edmonds: 24/7
Kem: I Can’t Stop Loving You
Stevie Wonder/Luther Vandross/Donell Jones: Knocks Me Off My Feet
Tony! Toni! Tone!: Whatever You Want
Musiq Soulchild: Dontchange
Beyonce: Speechless
Seal: Kiss From A Rose
Case: Happily Ever After
Kem: Share My Life
Keyshia Cole: Love
Gerald Levert: Made to Love You
Musiq Soulchild: Love
The Deele: Two Occasions
Mawell: Fortunate
Xscape: The Arms of the One Who Loves You
India Arie: The Truth
Tendy Pendergrass: Love T.K.O
Kenny Lattimore: For You
SWV: Weak
Musiq Soulchild: sobeautiful
Mariah Carey: Vision of Love
Aretha Franklin: You’re All I Need
Gladys Kinght & The Pimps: Best Thing That Happened to Me
Beyonce: Rather Die Young
Luther Vandross: Here and Now
Pressure: Love And Affection
Heatwave/Luther Vandross: Always & Forever
Chaka Khan: Ain’t Nobody
John Legend: All of Me
Alicia Keys: If I Ain’t Got You
Luther Vandross: All The Woman I Need
Ruff Endz: Someone to Love You
Stevie Wonder: You and I
Beyonce: Dangerously In Love
Avant & Keye Wyatt: You & I
Shanice: I Love Your Smile
Maria Carey: Open Arms
Musiq Soulchild: Teachme
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway/Beyonce & Luther Vandross: The Closer I Get to You
John Legend: P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)
Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)
Atlantic Starr: Always
Luther Vandross & Mariah Care: Endless Love
Blackstreet: Let’s Stay in Love
John Legend: So High
Lionel Richie & Diana Ross: Endless Love
Whitney Houston: Greatest Love of All
Mariah Carey: Underneath the Stars
Jagged Edge: Good Luck Charm

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Just in case you needed a REMINDER of HOW DAMN GOOD Beyoncé can sing.

Beyoncé’s tribute to Stevie Wonder (featuring Ed Sheeran & Gary Clark Jr.)