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Also Known As: Steveland Morris, Steveland Judkins Hardaway, Little Stevie Wonder Died:
Born: May 13, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Saginaw, Michigan, USA Profession: singer, composer

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As one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and a pop music icon, multi-talented Stevie Wonder incorporated funk, blues, R&B and soul into commercially viable music that was punctuated by complex harmonies and socially aware themes. His always positive attitude shined through his music even while tackling heavy issues like poverty, racism and heartache. Hailed as both an genius and innovator, Wonder emerged on the scene at 11 years old as one of Motown Records first successful artists and went on to record a number of chart-topping hits like "Fingertips," "For Once in My Life" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." But in 1972, Wonder wrestled control of his creative works from Motown and embarked on his most fruitful and groundbreaking period. Releasing such huge albums as Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Wonder produced the finest work of his career with songs like "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City" and "Sir Duke." He entered the next decade as a more pop-oriented artist, penning the sentimental "I Just Called to Say I Love You" for "The Woman in Red" (1984) soundtrack and collaborating with Paul McCartney on the...

As one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and a pop music icon, multi-talented Stevie Wonder incorporated funk, blues, R&B and soul into commercially viable music that was punctuated by complex harmonies and socially aware themes. His always positive attitude shined through his music even while tackling heavy issues like poverty, racism and heartache. Hailed as both an genius and innovator, Wonder emerged on the scene at 11 years old as one of Motown Records first successful artists and went on to record a number of chart-topping hits like "Fingertips," "For Once in My Life" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." But in 1972, Wonder wrestled control of his creative works from Motown and embarked on his most fruitful and groundbreaking period. Releasing such huge albums as Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Wonder produced the finest work of his career with songs like "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City" and "Sir Duke." He entered the next decade as a more pop-oriented artist, penning the sentimental "I Just Called to Say I Love You" for "The Woman in Red" (1984) soundtrack and collaborating with Paul McCartney on the sappy "Ebony and Ivory" (1982). Though a true music legend by this time, Wonder's output slowed down, as he released only four studio albums over the next two decades. Having won over 20 Grammy Awards throughout his career, Wonder lived on as one of the greatest pop artists of the latter half of the 20th century well and into the new millennium, even though his best work remained firmly etched in his classic era of the 1970s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad 25 (2012)
3.
 Ten For Two (1989) Himself
4.
 Cocksucker Blues (1972)
5.
 Bikini Beach (1964) Himself
6.
 Muscle Beach Party (1964) Himself
7.
9.
10.
 VH1 Divas Duets (2003)
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Sang in church choir in Michigan
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Introduced to Motown president Berry Gordy
1961:
Joined Motown Records at the age of 11 and name was changed to 'Little Stevie Wonder'
1962:
Released debut album <i>The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie</i>; did not sing on the album, but played percussion, keyboard, and harmonica
1963:
First No. 1 record, "Fingertips II"
1966:
Breakthrough hit, "Uptight"
1972:
Left Motown after years of protracted conflicts
1972:
Released the album <i>Talking Book</i>, featuring the Grammy Award-winning single "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
1976:
Earned critical praise for <i>Songs in the Key of Life</i>, widely recognized as one of the greatest albums of all time
1982:
Collaborated with Paul McCartney on the No. 1 duet "Ebony and Ivory"
1984:
Recorded the soundtrack to the Gene Wilder comedy "The Woman in Red," which included his biggest-selling single ever "I Just Called to Say I Love You"; won an Oscar for Best Song
1985:
Was an integral player in Quincy Jones' "We Are The World" and "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends
1989:
Inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
1991:
Recorded the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film "Jungle Fever"
1995:
Coolio revived his song "Pastime Paradise" in his own brooding rap smash "Gangsta's Paradise," which became the year's biggest hit
2005:
Released first album in 10 years <i>A Time to Love,</i> featuring a tour de force of guest appearances; earned five Grammy nominations
2006:
Collaborated with Tony Bennett for the single "For Once in my Life"
2007:
Began touring again with the "A Wonder Summer's Night," his first U.S. tour in over ten years
2009:
Performed at the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for "All About the Love Again"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Michigan School for the Blind: - 1969

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wife:
Syreeta White. Singer. Divorced; mother of Aisha, Keita and Mumtaz; died July 5, 2004, of cancer.
companion:
Angela McAfee. Reportedly had relationship in October 2000; filed $30 million palimony lawsuit against Wonder in which she claimed he infected her with a sexually-transmitted disease; his lawyers dismissed her claims.
wife:
Karen Millard-Morris.

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mother:
Lula Mae Hardway.
sister:
Renee Morris.
daughter:
Aisha Morris. Born in 1975; gave birth to a son on September 28, 1999.
son:
Keita Wonder. Born April 1976.
son:
Mumtaz Wonder.
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