Stevie Wonder Biography (1950-)

Original name, Steveland Judkins Morris; born May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, MI; son of Lula Mae Hardaway; married Syreeta Wright (a singer and songwriter), 1970 (divorced, 1972); children: Aisha, Keita, Mumtaz. Addresses: Agent:Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Office: 4616 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-2731.; Contact: Motown Records, 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-3743.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Singer, writer, musician, composer, music producer
Birth Details
May 13, 1950
Saginaw, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Smokey Robinson Show, ABC, 1970
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert, ABC, 1972
  • Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3, ABC, 1973
  • Eubie Blake: A Century of Music, PBS, 1983
  • Himself, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (also known as Motown 25), 1983
  • Motown Returns to the Apollo, NBC, 1985
  • Disney's D-TV Valentine (animated), NBC, 1986
  • Neil Diamond ... Hello Again (also known as Hello Again), CBS, 1986
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1986
  • Host, "The Temptations and Four Tops," Motown on Showtime, Showtime, 1986
  • Host, An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., NBC, 1986
  • Disney's DTV Monster Hits (animated), NBC, 1987
  • Superstars and Their Moms, ABC, 1988
  • That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88, Showtime, 1988
  • The Koppel Report: News from Earth (also known as The Koppel Report and News from Earth), ABC, 1988
  • An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote, ABC, 1988
  • Paris '89, TBS, 1989
  • There Really Is a Santa Claus, syndicated, 1989
  • Our Common Future, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (also known as America's Hope Award and The 2nd Annual America's Hope Award), ABC,1989
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 1990
  • Motown 30: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990
  • Late Night with David Letterman Eighth Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990
  • Grammy Legends Show, 1990
  • Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh!, Fox, 1991
  • A Party for Richard Pryor, CBS, 1991
  • An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope (also known as An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration), HBO, 1993
  • "The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration," In the Spotlight, PBS, 1993
  • The Right Time with Tom Jones, VH1, 1993
  • A Busch Gardens/Sea World Summer Celebration, CBS, 1994
  • We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute, The Disney Channel,1995
  • Sounds of Summer Preview '95, ABC, 1995
  • "Inventors: Out of Their Minds," ABC's World of Discovery, ABC, 1995
  • The 69th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1995
  • Himself, The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Volume 8 (also known as The '70s: Have a Nice Decade), 1995
  • Nissan Presents a Celebration of America's Music, ABC, 1996
  • Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony, ABC, 1996
  • The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala (also known as An AmericanGala), CBS, 1997
  • To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (also known as America Celebrates Israel's 50th), CBS, 1998
  • Quincy Jones--The First 50 Years (also known as Quincy Jones--A50-Year Celebration), ABC, 1998
  • Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope, ABC, 1998
  • Savion Glover's Nu York, ABC, 1998
  • Himself, America: A Tribute to Heroes, 2001
  • Himself, The Kennedy Center Honors, 2001
  • Episodic
  • All My Children, ABC, 1970
  • Himself, Musikladen, 1973
  • Himself, "A Touch of Wonder," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1985
  • Ready, Steady, Go!, The Disney Channel, 1989
  • "Stevie Wonder," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • "James Brown: The Godfather of Soul," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Himself, "Is It a Crime?," New York Undercover, Fox, 1996
  • Crisis Center (also known as The Center), NBC, 1997
  • Also appeared in episodes of Sesame Street, PBS, You Write theSongs, Parkinson, and The Sound of Motown.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 28th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1986
  • The 29th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1987
  • The 30th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1988
  • The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Host, The American Music Awards, 1990
  • The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1991
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1992
  • The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special, 1993
  • VH1 Honors, VH1, 1994
  • The American Music Awards, 1994
  • The 1994 World Music Awards, 1994
  • The 1995 World Music Awards, 1995
  • The Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special, 1995
  • The 1995 Billboard Music Awards, 1995
  • The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards, 1995
  • The 4th Annual VH1 Honors, VH1, 1997
  • The 10th Annual Essence Awards, 1997
  • The 39th Grammy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • The 40th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1998
  • The 1998 Billboard Music Awards, 1998
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Muscle Beach Party, American International Pictures, 1964
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) Himself, Bikini Beach, American International Pictures, 1964
  • Himself, Cocksucker Blues (also known as CS Blues), 1972
  • Himself, Ten for Two, 1989
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Song producer, "The Pick-Up Artist," The Pick-Up Artist, 1987
  • Music arranger and music producer, Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Song producer, Get On the Bus, 1996
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) Tribute to Uncle Ray, Motown, 1962
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder, Motown, 1962
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) 12 Year Old Genius, Motown, 1963
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) With a Song in My Heart, Motown, 1963
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) Workout Stevie, Workout, Tamla, 1963
  • (As Little Stevie Wonder) Little Stevie Wonder, Motown, 1963
  • Call It Pretty Music, Stateside, 1964
  • Stevie at the Beach, Tamla, 1964
  • Stevie Wonder, Motown, 1965
  • Up-Tight (Everything's Alright), Motown, 1966
  • Down to Earth, Motown, 1966
  • I Was Made to Love Her, Motown, 1967
  • Someday at Christmas, Motown, 1967
  • Eivets Rednow ... Alfie, Motown, 1968
  • Alfie, Motown, 1968
  • For Once in My Life, Motown, 1968
  • Greatest Hits, Motown, 1968
  • My Cherie Amour, Motown, 1969
  • Stevie Wonder Live, Tamla, 1970
  • Talk of the Town, Motown, 1970
  • Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, Motown, 1970
  • Where I'm Coming From, Motown, 1971
  • Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Motown, 1971
  • Music of My Mind, Motown, 1972
  • Talking Back, Motown, 1972
  • Innervisions, Motown, 1973
  • Fulfillingness' First Finale, Motown, 1974
  • Songs in the Key of Life, Motown, 1976
  • Free with Songs in the Key of Life, Motown, 1976
  • Portrait, EMI, 1976
  • Looking Back, Motown, 1977
  • Anthology, Motown, 1977
  • Journey through the Secret Life of Plants, Motown, 1979
  • Light My Fire, MFP, 1979
  • Greatest Hits, Volume 1, Motown, 1979
  • Hotter Than July, Motown, 1980
  • Original Musiquarium I, Motown, 1982
  • Motown Legends, Motown, 1983
  • The Woman in Red, Motown, 1984
  • In Square Circle, Motown, 1985
  • Love Songs, Motown, 1985
  • 20 Classic Hits/Love Songs, Motown, 1986
  • Characters, Motown, 1987
  • Jungle Fever, Motown, 1991
  • Conversation Piece, Motown, 1995
  • Natural Wonder, Motown, 1995
  • Song Review: Greatest Hits, Motown, 1996
  • Other albums include Dick Clark Presents Stevie Wonder, Radio; Merry Christmas/Someday at Christmas, Motown; Musical Biography with Alison Steele, DWJ Associates; and Nothing but a Man (O.S.T.), Motown.
  • Recorded numerous singles, including (with USA for Africa) "We Are the World," 1985; "Get It," Motown, 1988; "For Your Love," Motown, 1995; "TomorrowRobins Will Sing," Motown, 1995; "Treat Myself," Motown, 1995; "Kiss Away Your Tears," Motown, 1996. Other singles include "Fingertips (Part 2)," "For Once in My Life," "Movin' On," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Superstition," "Boogie onReggae Woman," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "My Cherie Amour," "Uptight," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," "We Can Work It Out," "Isn't SheLovely?," "Livin' for the City," "Contusion," "I Wish," "Have a Talk with God," "Master Blaster (Jammin')," (with Paul Riser) "Do As I Do," (with Paul McCartney) "Ebony and Ivory" and "What's That You're Doing," "That Girl," "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "The Woman in Red," "My Eyes Don't Cry No More,""Part-Time Lover," (with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Elton John) "That's What Friends Are For," "Skeletons," and (with Babyface) "How Come, How Long."
  • Albums; Contributing Performer
  • B. B. King, King of the Blues, 1961
  • Package of 16 Big Hits, 1967
  • Quincy Jones, I Heard That!, 1969
  • Syreeta, Syreeta, 1972
  • B. J. Thomas, Billy Joe Thomas, 1972
  • B. J. Thomas, Rock and Roll Lullaby, 1972
  • Dave Mason, It's Like You Never Left, 1973
  • B. B. King, To Know You Is to Love You, 1973
  • Minnie Riperton, Perfect Angel, 1974
  • Supremes, Anthology, 1974
  • Syreeta, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, 1974
  • Pointer Sisters, Steppin', 1975
  • Buddy Miles, More Miles Per Gallon, 1975
  • Billy Preston, It's My Pleasure, 1975
  • John Lennon, Shaved Fish, 1975
  • Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow, 1975
  • Flying Burrito Brothers, Airborne, 1976
  • Dan Hartman, Images, 1976
  • James Taylor, In the Pocket, 1976
  • Peter Frampton, I'm in You, 1977
  • Pointer Sisters, Having a Party, 1977
  • Sergio Mendes, Sergio Mendes and the New Brazil '77, 1977
  • Ramsey Lewis, Love Notes, 1977
  • Ronnie Foster, Love Satellite, 1978
  • Johnny Mathis, That's What Friends Are For, 1978
  • Jermaine Jackson, Let's Get Serious, 1979
  • Maria Muldaur, Open Your Eyes, 1979
  • Quincy Jones, Superdisc, 1979
  • Roberta Flack, Roberta Flack Featuring Donnie Hathaway, 1980
  • Minnie Riperton, Love Lives Forever, 1980
  • Quincy Jones, Dude, 1980
  • LaToya Jackson, LaToya Jackson, 1980
  • Rory Block, Best Blues and Originals, 1981
  • Paul McCartney, Tug of War, 1982
  • Donna Summer, Donna Summer, 1982
  • Gap Band, Gap Band V: Jammin', 1983
  • Elton John, Too Low for Zero, 1983
  • Manhattan Transfer, Bodies and Souls, 1983
  • Djavan, Djavan, 1984
  • Chaka Khan, I Feel for You, 1984
  • King Sunny Ade, Aura, 1984
  • Beach Boys, Beach Boys, 1985
  • Eddie Murphy, How Could It Be, 1985
  • Eurythmics, Be Yourself Tonight, 1985
  • Barbra Streisand, Broadway Album, 1985
  • Stanley Turrentine, Wonderland, 1986
  • Howard the Duck (soundtrack), 1986
  • Neil Diamond, Headed for the Future, 1986
  • Rory Block, I've Got a Rock in My Sock, 1986
  • Carly Simon, Coming Around Again, 1987
  • Prefab Sprout, From Langley Park to Memphis, 1988
  • Julio Iglesias, Non Stop, 1988
  • Dionne Warwick, Greatest Hits, 1979-90 (also known as Dionne Warwick's Greatest Hits, 1979-90), 1989
  • Third World, You've Got the Power, 1989
  • Whitney Houston, I'm Your Baby Tonight, 1990
  • Paul Young, Other Voices, 1990
  • Winans, Return, 1990
  • Sounds of Murphy Brown, 1990
  • Paula Abdul, Spellbound, 1991
  • Steel Pulse, Victims, 1991
  • Herbie Hancock, Man-Child, 1991
  • X-Clan, Xodus, 1992
  • Elton John, Greatest Hits: 1976-1986, 1992
  • Manhattan Transfer, Anthology: Down in Birdland, 1992
  • Norman Brown, Just between Us, 1992
  • Eddie Murphy, Love's Alright, 1993
  • Janet Jackson, Janet, 1993
  • Vinx, Storyteller, 1993
  • Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, 1993
  • Christmas in the City [Motown], 1993
  • Elton John, Duets, 1993
  • Will Downing, Love's the Place to Be, 1993
  • Third World, Reggae Ambassadors: 20th Anniversary, 1993
  • Third World, Best of Third World, 1993
  • El DeBarge, Heart Mind and Soul, 1994
  • Shared Vision: Songs of the Beatles, 1994
  • Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, 1994
  • Take Six, Join the Band, 1994
  • Kiss My A**: Classic Kiss Regrooved, 1994
  • Temptations, Emperors of Soul, 1994
  • Trammps, This is Where the Happy People Go, 1994
  • Lionel Hampton, For the Love of Music, 1994
  • Quincy Jones, Q's Jook Joint, 1994
  • Berry Gordy, Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, 1995
  • Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye, 1995
  • Amos Milburn, Motown Sessions, 1962-1964, 1996
  • Motown's Blue Evolution, 1996
  • Dead Presidents, Vol. 2, 1996
  • Babyface, Day, 1996
  • Neil Diamond, In My Lifetime, 1996
  • Kassav, Dife, 1997
  • James Taylor, Hour Glass, 1997
  • Williams Brothers, Still Standing, 1997
  • Nancy Wilson, Friends in Love, 1997
  • Christmas Hits, 1997
  • Album Producer
  • Syreeta, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, 1974
  • Jackson 5, Anthology, 1976
  • Spinners, The Best of the Spinners, 1978
  • Jermaine Jackson, Let's Get Serious, 1979
  • Smokey Robinson, Warm Thoughts, 1980
  • Rhythm Come Forward, Rhythm Come Forward, 1984
  • Julio Iglesias, Non Stop, 1988
  • Third World, You've Got the Power, 1989
  • Whitney Houston, I'm Your Baby Tonight, 1990
  • Sounds of Murphy Brown, 1990
  • Jermaine Jackson, Greatest Hits and Rare Classics, 1991
  • Diana Ross, Force behind the Power, 1991
  • Spinners, One of a Kind Love Affair, 1991
  • Supremes, Greatest Hits and Rare Classics, 1991
  • Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection, 1992
  • Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection, 1992
  • Elton John, Duets, 1993
  • Third World, Reggae Ambassadors: 20th Anniversary, 1993
  • Third World, Best of Third World, 1993
  • Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, 1994
  • Lionel Hampton, For the Love of Music, 1994
  • Quincy Jones, Q's Jook Joint, 1994
  • Berry Gordy, Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, 1995
  • Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye, 1995
  • Cruzin' to Motown, 1995
  • Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 3, 1996
  • Stealing Beauty (soundtrack), 1996
  • Get on the Bus (soundtrack), 1996
  • Rent, 1996
  • Nancy Wilson, Friends, 1997
  • Williams Brothers, Still Standing, 1997
  • Album Arranger
  • Rhythm Come Forward, Rhythm Come Forward, 1984
  • Third World, You've Got the Power, 1989
  • Whitney Houston, I'm Your Baby Tonight, 1990
  • Norman Brown, Just between Us, 1992
  • Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection, 1992
  • Elton John, Duets, 1993
  • Third World, Reggae Ambassadors: 20th Anniversary, 1993
  • Third World, Best of Third World, 1993
  • Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, 1994
  • Quincy Jones, Q's Jook Joint, 1994
  • Berry Gordy, Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, 1995
  • Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 3, 1996
  • Get on the Bus (soundtrack), 1996
  • Rent, 1996
  • Nancy Wilson, Friends, 1997
  • Album Editor
  • Third World, You've Got the Power, 1989
  • Album Programmer
  • Elton John, Duets, 1993
  • Get on the Bus (soundtrack), 1996
  • Album Sequence Supervisor
  • Williams Brothers, Still Standing, 1997
  • Music Videos
  • (With USA for Africa) "We Are the World," 1985
  • Also appeared in Will Smith's "Wild Wild West"; music videos for his songs.
  • Videos
  • Himself, We Are the World: The Video Event, 1985
  • Harmonica player, Sting: A Brand New Day Tour--Live from the UniversalAmphitheatre, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Albums Not Performed by Wonder
  • Roger Williams, Phantom of The Opera, 1980
  • Mikki Bleu, Gimme the Keys, 1991
  • Songs Not Performed by Wonder
  • With Smokey Robinson, wrote "The Tears of a Clown," performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
  • Film Scores
  • The Secret Life of Plants (documentary), 1978
  • (With others) Underground U.S.A., New Cinema, 1980
  • Nachtfahrer, 1981
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (also known as Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, Die Legende von Pinocchio, and Pinocchio), New LineCinema, 1996
  • Film Additional Music
  • (With others) Underground U.S.A., New Cinema, 1980
  • Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Songs Featured in Films
  • "All in Love Is Fair," Mahogany, Paramount, 1975
  • (Extract) "Sunshine Of My Life," That Sinking Feeling, 1979
  • "Stay Gold," The Outsiders, Warner Bros., 1983
  • "It's You," "The Woman in Red," "Moments Aren't Moments," "Don't Drive Drunk," "Love Light in Flight," "Weakness," and "I Just Called to Say I Love You," The Woman in Red, Orion, 1984
  • "Upset Stomach," The Last Dragon (also known as Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon), 1985
  • Lola, 1985
  • "Chan's Song (Never Said)," 'Round Midnight, Warner Bros., 1986
  • Title song, The Pick-Up Artist, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Die Hard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • "I Can Only Be Me," School Daze, Columbia, 1988
  • "Livin' for the City," New Jack City, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Title song, "If She Breaks Your Heart," "Gotta Have You," and others, Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • "Too High," Passenger 57, Warner Bros., 1992
  • "It's a Shame (My Sister)," Class Act, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Poetic Justice, Columbia, 1993
  • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" and (with Smokey Robinson) "The Tears of a Clown," Crooklyn, Universal, 1994
  • Dangerous Minds, Buena Vista, 1995
  • "Superstition," My Fellow Americans, Warner Bros., 1996
  • A Smile Like Yours, Paramount, 1997
  • Holy Man, 1998
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back, 1998
  • "Tell Me Something Good," Safe Men, 1998
  • "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours," You've Got Mail, 1998
  • "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," Bringing Out the Dead, 1999
  • Just the Ticket, 1999
  • The Best Man, 1999
  • "Wild Wild West" and "I Wish," Wild Wild West, 1999
  • "My Cherie Amour," Almost Famous (also known as Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut), DreamWorks Distribution LLC, 2000
  • Bamboozled, 2000
  • "Higher Ground," Center Stage, 2000
  • High Fidelity, 2000
  • "Tell Me Something Good," Next Friday, 2000
  • "Tell Me Something Good," Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, 2000
  • Glitter, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • "As," Snow Dogs, 2002
  • Songs Featured in Television Specials
  • "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Disney's D-TV Valentine (animated), NBC, 1986
  • "Sir Duke," Neil Diamond ... Hello Again (also known as Hello Again), CBS, 1986
  • "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Superstars and Their Moms, ABC,1988
  • "Superstition," The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 1988
  • Paris '89, TBS, 1989
  • "Livin' for the City," Jacksonville Jazz XI, PBS, 1991
  • Songs Featured in Television Episodes
  • "How Come, How Long," Crisis Center (also known as The Center), NBC, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, Supplement vol. 19, Gale Group, 1999
    • Haskins, James, Story of Stevie Wonder, Lothrop, 1976
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, November 1, 1999, p. 93
    • New York Times, February 23, 1975

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