By Tenley Williams
A biography of the blind composer, pianist, and singer whose musical skill, obvious considering the fact that early life, has earned him many awards.
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He’s opened the door for so many hearts. . ” G R A D UAT I O N No longer under the artistic control of Motown as a solo artist, Stevie was ready to strike out on his own. He moved into a recording studio in New York City and formed his own recording company, Taurus Productions, and a publishing company, Black Bull Music. ) He hired a staff and began work on a new album, intent on producing a new sound. Electronic music, also called synthesized music, had begun to interest Stevie a great deal. Throughout his entire life he had been acutely tuned in to the quality and possibilities of new sounds in music.
From 1965 through 1970, Stevie Wonder was marketed to the public just like the other Motown stars. Company executives decided what he would record and which movies he would appear in; his albums were a studio-approved mix of conventional soul music and pop standards. In the United States, “Uptight,” very much in the Motown mainstream, began a run of Top 40 hits for Stevie that would continue for the next six years. However, Stevie did not want to be classified as a “black” or “soul” musician. ” The single reached number nine on the pop charts in 1966.
The synthesized adaptations Tomita performs of the music of Debussy, Mussorgsky, and Stravinsky drew Stevie to late romantic music and to many of the themes he explored in his own album. 55 Stevie hugs Coretta Scott King as they celebrate the signing of a bill making the birthday of Coretta’s husband, slain civil rights leader Dr. , a national holiday. The 1980s saw Stevie take an active role in numerous causes, including the push for a holiday honoring King. 6 TAKING IT ON THE ROAD BY THE 1980S, Stevie’s studio work was taking a backseat to his touring.
Stevie Wonder (Overcoming Adversity) by Tenley Williams