It was the first live #1 Billboard hit of the Hot 100 era.
It was by the youngest artist to hit #1 on the charts.
It drove his album, Recorded Live: The 12-Year-Old Genius, to #1 on the album charts.
Marvin Gaye was the drummer on the original track.
And as you can see in the video, Stevie Wonder had a stage presence that belied his 13 years.
I think it’s more amazing that he succeeded past the first album – how many kids do something special, then walk away from it when they grow up? Probably far more than stay with that “special” talent for 50 years.
And, in public, that smile hasn’t dimmed for 50 years – let’s face it, if you’re doing a Stevie Wonder impression, you have to have the sunglasses and the wide, beaming, smile. Then you can work on the voice…
About the only thing that hasn’t worked for Wonder is marriage. Just a few days ago, Wonder’s divorce from his second wife was announced. He had been married for two years in the ‘70s (to Syreeta Wright), then stayed “single” until his 2001 marriage to Kai Millard (the one that’s ending now). In between, he had the relationship that produced his daughter (and sometime backup singer) Aisha.
Tomorrow, another teen prodigy. This guy got his first #1 at the advanced age of… 17.
Other songs that reached #1 on August 10:
1959 – “A Big Hunk O’Love” by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires (his eleventh, 2 weeks)
1974 – “Feels Like Makin’ Love” by Roberta Flack (her third, 1 week)