Being look back Wednesday, I think we can afford a trip back, way back into time. Let’s revisit the 1974 Grammy Awards where something momentous happened on this very day. On March 2 those 42 years ago, legendary soul singer Stevie Wonder stepped up on stage to receive his first ever Grammy; the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. This wasn’t the only trophy Stevie walked away with that glorious day. He was also awarded Album of the Year for ‘Innervisions’, Best R&B Song for ‘Superstition’ and Best Vocal for the same song; a total of four golden trumpets.
It’s worth noting that though Innervisions got the Motown icon Album of the Year, Superstition was from his 1972 album ‘Talking Book’. The song that won the man his first Grammy was also a single from his 15th album. ‘You Are The Sunshine of My Life’ easily leaped to the top of the US charts before becoming a global hit.
Listening to the heart-on-sleeve love song it’s easy to see why it stole the hearts of so many. The songwriting is earnest and uncomplicated; no reaching for clever metaphors or washed-up clichés. The backing vocals also added a special glow to the composition. Is it therefore any wonder that of all the great Stevie Wonder songs from his 26-odd albums, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle asked him to sing You Are The Sunshine of My Life? From the way the First Lady is having a blast, it’s clear who had the final say on that Stevie set list.
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