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Stevie Wonder

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Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1950 Birth Stevie Wonder was born in, in 1950, the third of six children to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. … Read More

TEENAGE

1961 11 Years Old In 1961, when aged 11, Wonder sang his own composition, "Lonely Boy", to Ronnie White of the Miracles; White then took Wonder and his mother to an audition at Motown, where CEO Berry Gordy signed Wonder to Motown's Tamla label. … Read More
1962 12 Years Old 1 More Event
Feeling Wonder was now ready, a song, "Mother Thank You", was recorded for release as a single, but then pulled and replaced by the Berry Gordy song "I Call It Pretty Music, But the Old People Call It the Blues" as his début single; released summer 1962, it almost broke into the Billboard 100, spending one week of August at 101 before dropping out of sight. … Read More
1963 13 Years Old At the Regal Theater, Chicago, his 20-minute performance was recorded and released in May 1963 as the album Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius. … Read More
1964 14 Years Old During 1964, Wonder appeared in two films as himself, Muscle Beach Party and Bikini Beach, but these were not successful either. … Read More
1968 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968 he recorded an album of instrumental soul/jazz tracks, mostly harmonica solos, under the title Eivets Rednow, which is "Stevie Wonder" spelled backwards. … Read More

TWENTIES

In September 1970, at the age of 20, Wonder married Syreeta Wright, a songwriter and former Motown secretary. … Read More
1971 21 Years Old Reaching his 21st birthday on May 13, 1971, he allowed his Motown contract to expire.
1972 22 Years Old Wonder returned to Motown in March 1972 with Music of My Mind. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old 1 More Event
On an episode of the children's television show Sesame Street that aired in April 1973, Wonder and his band performed "Superstition", as well as an original called "Sesame Street Song", which demonstrated his abilities with the "talk box". … Read More
1974 24 Years Old Despite the setback, Wonder re-appeared in concert at Madison Square Garden in March 1974 with a performance that highlighted both up-tempo material and long, building improvisations on mid-tempo songs such as "Living for the City". … Read More
On October 4, 1975, Wonder performed at the historic "Wonder Dream Concert" in Kingston, Jamaica, a benefit for the Jamaican Institute for the Blind.
1979 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Until 1979's Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants" his only release was the retrospective three-disc album Looking Back, an anthology of his early Motown period. … Read More

THIRTIES

1980 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Wonder performed the song "Stay Gold", the theme to Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of S. E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders. … Read More
1984 34 Years Old The album never surfaced and instead 1984 saw the release of Wonder's soundtrack album for The Woman in Red. … Read More
1985 35 Years Old …  He played harmonica on the album Dreamland Express by John Denver in the song "If Ever", a song Wonder co-wrote with Stephanie Andrews; wrote the track "I Do Love You" for the Beach Boys' 1985 self-titled album; and played harmonica on "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" on The Broadway Album by Barbra Streisand.
In 1987, Wonder appeared on Michael Jackson's Bad album, on the duet "Just Good Friends".

FORTIES

1991 41 Years Old He recorded a soundtrack album for Spike Lee's film Jungle Fever in 1991. … Read More
1994 44 Years Old Among his other activities he played harmonica on one track for the 1994 tribute album KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved; sang at the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremony; collaborated in 1997 with Babyface on "How Come, How Long", a song about domestic violence that was nominated for a Grammy award; and played harmonica on Sting's 1999 "Brand New Day".
1996 46 Years Old Wonder has won 25 Grammy Awards: as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
1999 49 Years Old In December 1999, Wonder announced that he was interested in pursuing an intraocular retinal prosthesis to partially restore his sight. … Read More

FIFTIES

2002 52 Years Old His key appearances include performing at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, the pre-game show for Super Bowl XL in 2006, the Obama Inaugural Celebration in 2009, and the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
2005 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The younger son, Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris, was born on May 13, 2005, his father's 55th birthday.
If Wonder were to join forces with Bennett, it would not be for the first time; Their rendition of "For Once in My Life" earned them a Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals in 2006.
2008 58 Years Old During his September 8, 2008 UK concert in Birmingham, he spoke of his decision to begin touring again following his loss: "I want to take all the pain that I feel and celebrate and turn it around."
2009 59 Years Old 1 More Event
He sang at the Michael Jackson memorial service in 2009, at Etta James' funeral, in 2012, and a month later at Whitney Houston's memorial service.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2014 64 Years Old Wonder's ninth child, and his second with Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, was born in December 2014. … Read More
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