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One of the most influential artists and popular artists of all time, Stevie Wonder took the music world by storm from age eleven. A veteran of Motown Records from its early years, Wonder has released some of the best known music in modern times. Stevie Wonder tours are also popular, and in late 2014 he is embarking on the month-long "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour. Want to see him live? Check below for upcoming dates and Stevie Wonder tickets.
|Current Tour:||Songs in the Key of Life Performance|
|First Album:||The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie (1962)|
One of the most important figures in popular music history, Stevie Wonder has been recording music for Motown Records since the age of eleven. Blind since his infancy, Wonder took up a fascination and love for instruments at an early age. He was introduced to Motown Records CEO Berry Gordy in 1962, who was so impressed with the young musician that Gordy signed him to the label under the name Little Stevie Wonder. Wonder released "Fingertips Part 2" in 1963, with the musician covering vocals, bongos, and the harmonica. It featured a young Marvin Gaye on drums. The song rose to #1 on the US charts and put Stevie Wonder on the American music map.
Throughout the next two and a half decades, Wonder worked to become a music legend. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s he released hit songs including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours," "You are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," and a cover of the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' in the Wind." Wonder's popularity reached new heights in the 1980s as he eclipsed being just an artist and became a pop culture icon. He appeared as himself on The Cosby Show in 1985. During the decade, he guest-starred or collaborated with many artists, including a duet with Paul McCartney on the 1982 song "Ebony and Ivory," and a guest appearance on the Elton John single "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues." Wonder's 1981 song "Happy Birthday," off of his Hotter than July album, helped to campaign to make Martin Luther King Day a national holiday. In 1989, the singer took his place in the annals of music history by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Since Characters was released in 1987, Wonder entered a slower period in his career. He released only four albums, including a 1991 soundtrack for the Spike Jones movie Jungle Fever, a live album called Natural Wonder (1995), and studio albums Conversation Peace (1995) and A Time to Love (2005). Wonder's touring activity also slowed down during this time, performing only one or two shows a year or embarking on minor excursions. The lull in touring ended in 2007 when Wonder went on his first major tour in over 10 years. Since then Stevie Wonder tours of varying durations have happened every year.