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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

May 13 2013
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Birthday wishes to legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder who celebrates today (May 13).  Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevie was a child prodigy who signed his first recording deal with Motown's Tamla Records when he was just eleven years-old.  The 22-time Grammy winner had his first number one hit when he was 13 years-old with his 1963 recording "Fingertips (Pt. 2)."  In 1972 Stevie released the album Talking Book which contained his hits "Superstition" and "You Are The Sunshine of My Life."  Seminal albums like Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974), Songs in the Key of Life (1976) and Original Musiquarium (1982) followed.  Wonder is also recognized as an active political rights advocate, having lobbied to create a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was named a United Nations Ambassador of Peace in 2009.  Stevie received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.  His music is highlighted in the current Broadway show Motown: The Musical being staged at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City.

Last changed: May 13 2013 at 6:25 AM

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