STEVIE Wonder is one of strain history’s greats – producing strike after strike that’s helped a universe get down for 5 decades.
The child expert done R’n’B mainstream after entrance to inflection by a Motown tag and he’s now entrance to a UK as partial of BST. Here’s what we know about him…
Who is Stevie Wonder, what is his credentials and how did he turn blind?
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder, genuine name Stevland Hardaway Morris, was innate in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950, creation him 68.
He was a third of 6 children, and his relatives – songwriter Lula Mae Hardaway and Calvin Judkins – divorced when he was four.
He became blind shortly after birth due to a fact he was 6 weeks beforehand and exposed to retinopathy of prematurity while in his oxygen-rich incubator.
The fast growth of his eye blood vessels caused his retinas to detach, heading him to remove his sight.
Stevie began creation strain by personification instruments, including piano, drums and harmonica, from a immature age – and shaped a low-pitched twin with his crony John.
He achieved his possess strain Lonely Boy during a age of 11 in 1961 to Ronnie White from rope The Miracles that led to him bagging a record agreement with Motown as new act “Little Stevie Wonder”.
His initial manuscript came out when Stevie was still usually 11 and it especially consisted of Ray Charles covers.
He afterwards started releasing strange marks by songwriter Clarence Paul, and his initial singular Mother Thank You came out in 1962, before he embarked on his initial entertainment debate with other artists.
He scored a Number One aged 13 with his lane Fingertips though faced some critique from his tag as his voice was commencement to change.
However his initial famous songs Upright (Everything Is Alright) and The Tears Of A Clown were created towards a finish of a 60s, when Stevie forsaken “little” from his name and managed to stir fans and record-makers with his talent.
Is Stevie headlining BST 2019 with Lionel Richie?
Yes! Stevie has been suggested as a fifth and final superstar announced for this year’s British Summer Time.
The idol will be fasten a likes of Celine Dion, Barbara Striesand, Florence and a Machine with The National as good as Robbie Williams – who have all been reliable to be headlining.
And it gets even improved as it has been suggested that mythological crooner Lionel Richie will also be holding to a theatre as a special guest of Stevie’s.
The span will perform his Song Party uncover together on Jul 6.
What are Stevie Wonder’s many famous hits?
Stevie’s initial vital hits came out towards a finish of a 60s – For Once In My Life, Signed Sealed Delivers and My Cherie Amour.
But his particular sound came into a possess in a 70s with his marks Superstition, As, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Living For The City, Sir Duke, we Wish and Isn’t She Lovely?.
In a 80s and 90s Stevie’s strain became many some-more blurb and he expelled songs like Happy Birthday – to assistance settle Martin Luther King’s birthday as a inhabitant holiday – Part-Time Lover, Do we Do, Ebony And Ivory wit Paul McCartney and we Just Called To Say we Love You.
The inclusive composer has also created hits for a likes of Michael and Jermaine Jackson, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and Roberta Flack.
What is Stevie Wonder’s net value and what awards has he won?
Having such a outrageous register of hits, Stevie is value a flattering penny as he approaches his seventies.
The vegan musician and father-of-nine is estimated to be value $110m or around £83m in British sterling.
Stevie has also won 25 Grammys and got a Lifetime Achievement Award during a Grammys in 1996.
He and Frank Sinatra are a usually artists to have ever won Album Of The Year 3 times.
Also hailed as a polite rights hero, Stevie warranted a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014 after apropos a United Nations Messenger Of Peace.
Is Stevie married and does he have children?
Stevie has been married 3 times – and this year he marry his third mother Tomeeka Bracy, 42.
Previously he was married to co-operator Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972, and conform engineer Kai Millar from 2001 until 2012.
The musician has a whopping 9 children by 5 opposite women, a eldest being innate in 1975 and a youngest being one of a dual kids he’s had with stream mother Tomeeka, innate in 2014.
His strain Isn’t She Lovely? is about his initial daughter Aisha, one of dual children he had with Yolanda Simmons, his partner by many of a 70s.
How did he know Aretha Franklin?
On Aug 16, 2018, mythological essence singer Aretha Franklin died after an eight-year conflict with pancreatic cancer.
Associated Press said that during her final days, Aretha had been visited by a Reverend Jesse Jackson and long-term friend Stevie Wonder.
The dual had a long-standing veteran attribute carrying achieved together 13 years ago during a Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California.
The singing fable will be laid to rest on Friday in her hometown of Detroit, and adoring fans around a universe will be means to watch.
Stevie is set to perform during a use alongside Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande.